I am motivated by a lifelong curiosity in people and their capacity to develop. I believe that the relationship between therapist and patient can be a vehicle for growth.
I have worked with addiction, relationship and sexual issues, depression/anxiety and loss, as well as dealing with anger and violence.
I am a psychodynamic practitioner. This means that as a therapist I am interested in listening to you and trying to help you understand how past experiences, often from childhood, affect your life today and the way you view yourself.
Together with the therapist you can think in a different way about your past, present and future. The therapist doesn't tell you what to do, be directive or give advice, but in the forming of the relationship with the therapist, you will find it helps you to make your own choices.
There is no particular point in life when people turn towards therapy, but it is often when confronted by some sense of not being able to move forward, or change. Significant events such as bereavement and loss, relationship difficulties, questioning who one is or feeling unable to get over past events are common reasons for seeking a therapist. Depression and anxiety are often present and very hard to get over alone.
As well as face to face therapy, I am happy to work online using FaceTime, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an honorary PhD from City University London, an MA, a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent's College and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. I am UKCP Registered and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is the largest professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. I am bound by the ethics and standards of both organisations.
I began my training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and completed the Foundation Course and Introductory Lectures at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
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.
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
A diagnosis is not always helpful, I am interested in working with people who are unable to put a name to the distress that they feel.
I work on a sliding scale dependent on your ability to pay. This can be discussed in more detail during our first meeting.