I am a qualified and approachable counselling psychologist providing integrative therapy. I have over 20 years’ experience supporting people with their mental health and I am a registered member with the BACP. I am currently offering secure on-line or telephone sessions.
I work from an integrative perspective. This means that I am trained in several counselling and psychological approaches. The two approaches that underpin all my practice are relational psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). These complementary approaches bring together psychological theory and research with therapeutic practice. I am also trained in additional approaches (see below) which I can use if we feel they are appropriate for you. People come to therapy for different reasons, have different goals and different needs. I adapt my therapeutic style to ensure that every client has a tailored approach that works for them.
The support I offer is outlined below. If you would like more details about my qualifications, professional memberships and experience, then please see the relevant sections underneath.
Your mental health
You may be seeking counselling for a specific issue such as stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or feeling sad. These are all good reasons for seeking support. Alternatively your reason might be more difficult to put into words, not everyone has an identifiable reason for seeking support. Many of my clients have sought therapy because they were struggling to find a sense of meaning or place in the world. Whatever your difficulty, I offer my skills and experience to support you. I provide a confidential and non-judgmental space where your experiences, thoughts and feelings can be expressed and explored.
Here are some of the areas of mental health that I specialise in*:
stress | depression (including post-natal depression) | low self-esteem | all areas of anxiety | (including: generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), health anxiety, social anxiety, coronanxiety, panic attacks, fears and phobias)| feeling sad | low self-confidence | suicidal thoughts | obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) | depersonalisation disorder (disassociation) | post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | trauma | abuse | self-harm | bereavement and loss | relationship difficulties | family issues | social media | addiction
*Please note: This list is not exhaustive. Please contact me if you do not see the problems you are experiencing on the list.
How will counselling help me?
We all experience difficulties throughout our lives. When these difficulties impact our quality of life and our wellbeing, it can be helpful to seek professional support. Recognising that you are not okay and talking about your experiences can be an important step towards recovery.
Counselling provides a safe space to address these difficulties with a trained and experienced therapist. My focus is on listening openly, without judgment, to whatever you bring to the sessions. Together we will explore the challenges you are facing to improve your mental wellbeing.
What should I do next?
Give me a call, text or e-mail to discuss booking an initial session. If you have any questions I’d be happy to chat these through in advance.
Tel: 07747 009647 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I currently offer secure on-line appointments, or telephone sessions, in-line with the BACP guidance. Due to Covid 19, I am not currently offering sessions in person.
What should I expect from the first session?
I understand that it can be nerve-racking coming to see a therapist for the first time, and that finding the right therapist for you is vital. This is why I offer an initial session at a reduced fee to ensure that we are well matched to move forward together.
At the initial session we will explore your reasons for seeking support and what you hope to get out of counselling. We can begin to outline a plan for therapy and agree the areas to explore. If you have specific changes in mind, we can prioritise these and consider manageable steps towards them.
If you are happy to work together we can arrange further sessions. You can either opt for an agreed number (usually between 8-12) or we can work in a more open ended way. The approach we take may depend on your reasons for coming to therapy and what you want to get out of it.
If for whatever reason you do not feel I am the right therapist for you, there is no obligation to continue.
If you are unsure of anything please just ask.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- MSc Health Psychology
- BSc in Psychology
- Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies
- Mental Health First Aid Trainer
- Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course
- British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - A registered Member MBACP
- British Psychological Society (BPS) - The Division of Counselling Psychology
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - Training Instructor
I have a strong commitment to personal and professional integrity, and my work is in line with the BACP Ethical Framework. I have full professional liability insurance.
Over the last 20 years I have worked in a number of psychological and therapeutic roles across a range of settings in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Before establishing my own practice I provided integrative therapy to adults within the NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service - including high-intensity CBT and psychodynamic counselling for a wide variety of mental health issues. I regularly counselled people experiencing, general anxiety, depression, and relationship and family difficulties. In addition I also supported clients with more specific issues, for example: panic attacks, phobias, health anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), skin picking, self-harm, abuse and depersonalisation disorder.
I previously spent several years working for a national bereavement charity providing counselling to individuals who were recently bereaved. I have extensive experience of supporting people overcoming addictions (including substance misuse, eating disorders, gambling, alcohol and smoking) - providing group and individual counselling using Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Social Behaviour Network Therapy (SBNT) and the Maudsley Model.
I have advised primary and secondary schools on the implementation of drug policies and drug education programs, providing training to teachers and running intervention sessions for young people at risk of social exclusion due to their substance misuse.
I led a team of outreach workers supporting the street population (rough sleepers, sex workers, street based drug and alcohol users and beggars) based in London’s Kings Cross - engaging in initial interventions with vulnerable people with complex needs and supporting them into services.
I have also worked for local authorities across the UK advising on Public Health Improvement programmes.
I have particular expertise in relation to tokophobia (the fear of pregnancy and childbirth) and in relation to the effects of social media use on mental health. I have authored research papers on these areas.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Additional areas I support are:
- Social media
- Depersonalisation disorder
I look forward to hearing from you,
I offer an initial session at a reduced fee of £35. All further sessions are £70 for a 50 minute session. I typically see people weekly (although this is negotiable).
I can offer a limited number of reduced-cost sessions for those on low incomes. Please contact me if you think this applies to you.