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MBACP Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

About me

I'm a warm and non-judgemental therapist offering my expertise in counselling and therapy work to help you work through any areas you bring to our sessions.  I am led by you and your needs,  believing that given the right environment you hold the answers to your freedom and future.  

I have expertise in working with people who have suffered a bereavement.   The grief process focuses on exploring someone's continuing bond with their loved one and the adjustments to the loss of the relationship.   Loss can be explored, understood and the impact of 'losing' someone or something.   For example the loss of a marriage, the loss of a lifestyle or the loss of a career caused by redundancy.   Coming to terms with the difficulties within your life and how to manage it with support.  

Sometimes it's difficult in life to prioritise our needs, especially when time is needed in order to workout how you feel about things.  I can offer you a neutral, consistent, safe place so we can together concentrate on finding the right direction and for your future. 

The beginning of therapy can be daunting initially,  being honest about yourself but sharing that with someone who you don't yet know but I believe if you decide to begin therapy,  you show strength as you have made a decision to find professional support and you wish for change within your life.   

Throughout our work I can offer focusing on supporting you as you cope with presenting issues and uncertainty about your future ahead.  If you feel you have reached a crossroad in your life, feeling overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy,  your events from the past may mean you are not aware those experiences are causing problems with feelings today.  Exploring and talking through personal history, relationships and beliefs will help you with your self awareness and see how those may be affecting your life currently.  My aim is to help you to find a pathway for you to be able to unravel what has happened in the past and how to move forward.  Therapy work does not focus on 'blaming' others but recognising an acceptance in what is happening within your life,  giving time to work on yourself and gaining the ability to make independent decisions for your future.

If you feel you are ready to begin your journey,  understanding more about 'you' and hear your 'own voice',  I'd invite you to contact me for any questions about how I work and how I can help you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

I am qualified in the following:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling, CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling, CPCAB
  • Certificate of Proficiency BACP
  • Level 2 Award in Understanding Substance Misuse, CPCAB 

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.

Fees

£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Type of sessions:

Face to Face

Online

Phone

Location 

Central London

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Video Counselling (Online) or Telephone - £60

Central London - £70

Initial call/online free of charge - 15 mins approximately

Further information

Expertise;

I have personal experiences or additional training in these areas so I can offer a deeper level of empathy and understanding about your concerns, which will enhance our work together.  

  • FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS:   Exploring communication skills
  • LONG TERM ILL HEALTH:   Dramatic change of life 
  • FINANCIAL PRESSURE:   Stress and worries 
  • TRAUMA:   Coping mechanisms to deal with the trauma 
  • BEREAVEMENT :   Loss of your loved one and the changes within your life 

The benefits in therapy work;

  • Space to reflect about your own self esteem
  • Exploring your identity
  • Hearing your 'own voice'
  • Considering a different perspective about your life
  • Feeling empowered 
  • Recognising repeated patterns of behaviour and making changes
  • Learning new coping mechanisms within your life
  • Developing self awareness 
  • Finding a path of happiness

What does integrative counselling means ?

An integrative way of working with clients means I can blend different theories.    This allows my therapy work to be flexible and adaptable depending on my clients needs throughout the work.   I bring together several therapy models including CBT (cognitive, behavioural therapy) person-centred therapy and psychodynamic therapy.  

What can counselling help with?

Counselling can help with a range of issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Identity issues
  • Trauma 
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Loss 
  • Anger / Jealousy / loneliness / guilt / shame

I work with private clients and I work within a Bereavement Agency Service.  This means I am developing my professional skills regularly ensuring I am offering you an excellent client work service.

Room in Town, 3 Lombard Court, London, EC3V 9BJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
Whatsapp