Thank you for checking this website and welcome to my space. Something brought you here; you might be struggling with your relationships or a situation in your life; maybe you lost someone; maybe the one you struggle with is yourself. In any way, life can get challenging sometimes; it gets on top of us, and it seems you might have started to realise that something needs to change. But change is difficult and sometimes we need help. It is ok to ask for help.
Counselling can help you. In counselling we are allowed to explore our issues in a safe way. In counselling, ‘safe’ means being in a space which is confidential, understanding and non-judgemental, and this is what I aim to provide in all of my sessions.
HOW I WORK:
In my practice I work integratively, which means that I use a few different techniques according to what I believe will work with you in therapy, with your agreement. I believe that an important part of my work is paying attention to the way that you relate to others, and by identifying unhelpful patterns in your life, you can become more self-aware and more self-empowered - thus change happens.
For me, it's all about relationships, including the relationship between you and me, as in counselling, counsellor and client work together in partnership to achieve a common goal.
THE FIRST SESSION:
The first session I offer is an ‘assessment’. This is a first meeting where you explain what you’re struggling with at the moment and I gather some background information. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and evaluate whether I am someone that you can trust and that you would like to work with; it also gives us the chance to explore what you need from counselling and how I can help you. In this session we can discuss how many sessions you want to commit to, or if you would like to work open-endedly. In any case, I recommend committing to a minimum of 6 sessions, in order to give the counselling process a fair chance.
Counselling is not easy; becoming vulnerable in front of someone you don't know may take time. Counselling is a process and this is one of the reasons why you might not feel any changes straight away - but give it a chance and this process might change your life for better.
If you have never had counselling you might have a lot of questions right now - don't hesitate to contact me if you would like me to answer any of them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling awarded by the CPCAB and I continue to professionally develop myself regularly. I have been practising counselling since 2014.
I have experience working within the private healthcare sector, the public sector (NHS) and the tertiary sector. I also have experience working within the prison system. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such I adhere to their ethical framework. I am passionate about what I do.
I can work with adults and young people.
Apart from English, I can also work in Spanish and Catalan.
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
All sessions last for 50 minutes. The assessment session is charged at £25 and every session thereafter is charged at £45.
I am currently based in Catford/Hither Green in South East London – there are accessible transport links (4 minutes' walk) and free parking outside the premises.
Please note that due to the Covid pandemic, I am only seeing clients for online therapy at the moment. This will be under review in the next few months.