Our busy life styles can often mean we avoid or push away difficult decisions and painful feelings. This can result in depression and anxiety, stress or anger and feeling overwhelmed; even that our lives are spinning 'out of control'.
Therapy can help us to reflect, understand and integrate the different aspects of ourselves and experiences.
Working with a therapist can help identify and change habitual or destructive patterns, enabling us to make informed choices. It provides a safe space and the time to explore ourselves, our lives and relationships.
Therapy can be both a subtle and also surprisingly revealing and potent experience. It takes thoughtfulness, commitment and compassion.
I take an integrative and relational approach with my clients. This means I attend to each person as a whole, their thoughts, feelings, perceptions, physical experience and the relationship between us. It also means that I take in to account that there are different ways, or therapeutic frameworks, to consider when exploring our experiences. I am not limited by one theoretical view point and so am able to work with clients in a non-judgemental, collaborative and creative way. In my experience, building an open and trusting relationship is key to successful therapy. There is much research to support this view.
As the process of therapy unfolds, we may move from focusing on immediate problems or symptoms to exploring how you might lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I would use the term 'counselling' to refer to working on specific issues, very often in a time limited way and 'psychotherapy' to describe a more open ended journey and exploration of your world.
I have a particular interest in bereavement and wider issues around loss and identity. However I also work frequently to help clients with anxiety, depression, problems at work, relationship difficulties, issues around identity, sexuality, creativity and confidence.
Whether you are facing an immediate crisis or you feel you need help with something less identifiable, I offer a safe, supportive and confidential space where we can explore the issues you face. Our initial session is a chance for us to meet and see if I am the right therapist for you. We can also discuss whether short term work (6-12 sessions) or a longer period might be appropriate.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, or to arrange a confidential consultation.
I practice in Central London WC1X and Kilburn NW6. Please email me for availability.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an advanced diploma and an MA Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from The Minster Centre. I am accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
As well as working in private practice I also work as a student counsellor at The Courtauld Institute and as a mental health student mentor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I really enjoy working in different environments and the varied experiences they bring.
Long before I had any awareness of counselling or psychotherapy I held a fascination about people, their stories, and what makes us ‘do the things we do’.
As I have moved through life, this curiosity with how our feelings, experiences and the way we view ourselves can impact on how we relate to our self, others and the world around us, has developed into my work as a psychotherapist.
I have a particular interest in creativity, identity and what has made us who we are today. For my Master’s thesis I completed a research project exploring the identity of adults who had lost a parent during their childhood or adolescence. A summary of this research was published in the UKCP magazine The Psychotherapist in July 2016.
I am committed to working on my personal and professional integration through reflective practice, supervision and further training.
Some of the areas I have experience of working with are:
- Depression and grief
- Anxiety and stress
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationships with self and other
- Major life changes
- Abuse and manipulation
- Guilt, shame and envy
- Compulsive and addictive behaviour
- Feeling out of control
- Loss of hope
- UKCP accredited Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University.
- UKCP accredited Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Minster Centre, one of the leading therapy training institutions in the UK and Europe.
- BACP accredited Integrative Counselling Diploma from the Minster Centre
I am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£70 per session (50 mins) – including our initial meeting
I do offer limited concessionary places so please do ask if it means you are able to get the support you need.