Am I the right therapist for you? Could therapy help you to navigate through the foggy uncertainties, distressing anxieties and ongoing difficulties in turbulent times?
These are the questions you may be asking when you consider having counselling. Yes, therapy can be a life changing process, but only when you feel comfortable and trust that the person sitting in front of you is genuinely there for you and with you. I hope I can be that person.
Working with me would be like revisiting the book of your life. As your story unfolds, in due course you will choose which chapters you want us to address. There will be happy parts where you look back fondly and sad parts too, but tears are also welcomed in our space. Naturally, the past can't be changed, but there may be growth, experience and lessons to be gained. I respect you as the author of your narrative; only you are entitled to change the script.
I don't aim to cure you or to give you the solutions. What I offer is a collaborative relationship based on empathy, integrity and unconditional respect for who you are, where you are truly heard and allowed the time and space to reflect, reaching your own conclusions and making your own decisions on matters that are important to you.
Sessions can also be offered in Portuguese.
I am a humanistic existential-therapist; this means I will integrate elements of the humanistic and existential approaches in my work with you.
Humanistic counselling aims to give client a better understanding of who they are by exploring feelings and actions. We can reflect on whether current attitudes, thoughts and behaviours are a result of previous conditioning or distorted views about one’s sense of worth.
Existential therapy has a very philosophical perspective. It views life as a blank screen allowing the client to give his own meaning and purpose to people, places and events. As an individual you have the ultimate freedom and the ultimate responsibility towards your life.
I tend to center more on the Here and Now. I see the past as a valuable tool to gain insight on current circumstances but not necessarily as a deterrent to an individual’s life. The realization that you don’t have to be defined by your history and that you can determine what is important to you today can be truly freeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2014 I obtained my first Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Richmond Adult Community College and in 2015 I gained a BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice at the Metanoia Institute in London. The course is also validated by Middlesex University.
As a registered member of the BACP, I fully abide by their ethics code. That includes attending regular supervision with another professional to continuously monitor and improve the quality of my work.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked for over 12 years as a support worker for various organizations and charities across the country. I had the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with a diverse client group including male offenders, survivors of domestic abuse, addiction and substance misuse and within the mental health sector. My previous career in the social care field reinforced the respect and appreciation I have for other people’s experiences. I’ve learned 2 very important lessons:
1 – Beyond any label lies a human being who has the right to be heard.
2 – No one is completely good nor completely bad.
Still a work in progress, I remain proactive in attending seminars and specialist training to refresh my skills and improve the quality of my work.
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
Sessions: £50 per 1h session
Concession: £40 per session for students, key workers and people on low income
Concessions offered for
Please note that the Twickenham Therapy Centre does not offer facilities for people with mobility issues. If that is your case I would be happy to discuss it further and other alternatives can be considered.