From time to time disorientating twists and turns in our lives can leave us feeling depressed, anxious, isolated or overwhelmed. We might find it difficult to talk about our problem and it's as if there's no one out there who'd care to listen. Or, maybe, we're hampered by a common perception that counselling/psychotherapy is an unnecessary indulgence, a sign of weakness, and so our discomfort or anguish is increased.
I firmly believe that if we navigate challenging life experiences with focused professional support and regard we can bring about insight and resolution, find a fresh outlook or new direction or effect change.
I can assist you in a secure, confidential, professional environment in my practice which is based both in central London (Paddington) and in north London (Paddington)
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an integrative psychotherapist at the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education in Little Venice, London, first completing the one-year Foundation and then the four-year postgraduate diploma programme in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I hold the Certificate in Fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Dip Psych).
I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and registered/accredited with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I also provide clinical supervision for practitioners, students and trainees and hold the Diploma in Supervision (Dip Supv).
Historically, before undertaking psychotherapy training, I practiced as a lawyer, originally in family and childcare law and then specialising for many years in criminal law as a defence advocate, and also in public law as a tribunal adjudicator. I have a rich experience of people from all backgrounds and am very familiar with the pressures of professional as well personal life. I hold academic degrees in Law (LL.B Hons) and English Literature (BA Hons).
I abide by the UKCP and BACP professional codes and I receive regular supervision. This is a professional requirement in which both my supervisor and I assure your anonymity. I maintain my practicing skills and knowledge with continuing professional development. I am fully insured.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Daytime and evenings
I practice from rooms in central London near Paddington station, and in north London in the heart of Stoke Newington.
I am able to provide telephone and Skype sessions too.