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MBACP

About me

By coming to personal therapy, you may be seeking to find relief and gain insight into the obstacles which might be blocking your path to health and happiness. Whatever your circumstances, therapy can be the first step in an empowering journey of self-awareness and transformational change. By shedding light on blind spots and working with you to overcome inner resistance, I can help you move forward equipped with the strategies you need to thrive.

Therapy offers a safe, confidential place where you can talk about your difficulties. You might have unhelpful or negative thoughts and behaviours that you want to change.

What we talk about will vary depending on the problem you want help with. It could include:

  • your relationships
  • your emotions
  • your thoughts
  • unhealthy or unhelpful behaviours
  • situations or events you find difficult

You don't have to be in crisis to have therapy.

I will help and support you in this process, in order to make positive changes in your life.

As a BACP  member I am committed to providing therapy in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment.

You can find more information about me on my website.

The arc of therapy is a process, not an event.

How it works:

We will usually schedule a number of regular sessions lasting for 50 or 90 minutes. This time will be yours every week. We can then begin to engage in a supportive, collaborative process. I suggest an initial commitment of 6 or 12 sessions, during which we can regularly review our work together and decide how to proceed. However, you can stay in therapy for as long as you wish.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in Working with Trauma

Certificate in Bereavement Training

Addiction training at RIRS (Richmond-upon-Thames)

Certificate in Online Counselling (NCS Accredited)

Certificate in Working with Children and Young People - Place2Be

Group Therapy Facilitator - Adults

Addiction Therapy - 12 Step Recovery

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • feelings of abandonment
  • abuse in relationships
  • obsession and compulsion
  • social anxiety
  • aging
  • alcohol abuse
  • anxiety disorder
  • attachment problems
  • sex issues
  • co-dependency
  • depression
  • divorce adjustment
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • pornography addiction
  • emotional regulation
  • online addictions

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Fees

£90.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

London Practice - Kensington (Gloucester Road)

I work Face-to-Face on Thursdays - 10am to 7pm

I work Online (Zoom) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 10am to 7pm

50 Minute Individual Session - £90
30 Minute Introductory Session - £50
90 Minute Individual Session - £160

I offer a free 20 minute phone call before booking.

Rye Practice

50 Minute Individual Online Session - £90
30 Minute Introductory Online Session - £50
90 Minute Individual Online Session - £160

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Kensington: Currently working face-to-face and online via Zoom

Rye: Currently working online only via Zoom

Further information

Some of the difficulties that I can help you with are:

  • loneliness and isolation
  • loss of identity
  • separation anxiety
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • alcoholism
  • addiction
  • 12 Step Recovery
  • feeling sad
  • low esteem
  • depression
  • loss of meaning and purpose
  • relationship and marriage issues
  • family issues
  • separation and divorce
  • affairs and betrayals
  • break-ups
  • infidelity
  • adjusting to change
  • life transitions
  • co-dependency
  • people pleasing
  • loneliness
  • attachment and abandonment
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • low self-confidence
  • feelings of inferiority
  • loss and grief
  • abortion
  • forgiveness
  • guilt
  • shame
  • spirituality
  • midlife transition
  • aging

Kensington, London, SW7

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Please note: Unfortunately, the access to my practice is via a steep staircase so, unfortunately, it is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Zoom