I am an effective, warm and professional counsellor and psychotherapist practising in central Reading and online at the moment. I offer one-to-one therapy sessions for adults, both short- and long-term.
I am an experienced, registered and fully accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and have been in practice since 2009. My professional qualifications include a five-year post graduate diploma training in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Life presents us with many challenges. Unexpected events, illness, change and transition are some of the more obvious and universally accepted ones.
Sometimes, what we experience is less straightforward. We may feel confused and threatened by the onset of anxiety, depression or some physical symptoms. We try to find a reason why we keep feeling misunderstood, isolated and frustrated. We wonder, is this really as good as it gets?
You might be looking at my profile because you are searching for professional support in dealing with your distress. You may have reached crisis point, or be concerned you may do so soon if nothing changes.
Your reasons for contacting me will be as individual as you are. I work with a wide range of difficulties and my clients are from diverse backgrounds and of varying ages. My counsellor roles have been within community, charity and NHS settings as well as in private practice. In addition to running one-to-one and group sessions, I assess clients who approach counselling services for the first time and run workshops.
In my years of psychotherapy practice, I have come to believe the following:
Difficulties, however painful and deserving of acknowledgment and compassion, can be understood as pointers towards an area that needs our attention in order for us to be able to grow and thrive again.
Throughout our work together I'll treat you with respect, compassion and integrity. I'll provide a safe, nonjudgemental space to hold any experience you bring into the session.
Your counselling process will be as unique as the person you are, and there will always be space to reflect together on how the counselling is going and what you need. You and your needs is what matters most, and it is essential you feel comfortable.
All counselling and psychotherapy sessions including the initial consultation are confidential, and I work within the UKCP professional Code of Ethics.
Your First Steps Towards Positive Change
If you would like to make an appointment or find out more about what I offer, please contact me. We'll then briefly speak on the phone (this service is free of charge), and can book an appointment to meet online for an initial consultation.
The initial consultation is a 50-minute meeting in which we'll talk about what brings you to counselling, assess your needs together and address any questions you might have.
Following the initial meeting you can opt to come for a set number of sessions to allow yourself an introduction to the process of counselling. You might then decide to continue the therapy on an ongoing basis.
Session take place weekly unless otherwise agreed.
How I Can Help You
I'll support you in overcoming your problems and help you understand the meaning and purpose of your issues. You will gain more insight about what you want in life and in relationships, and we can then work together on finding more helpful and effective ways to approach these.
Engaging in the process of therapy will help you make lasting positive changes. You can build a more fulfilling life and keep developing towards your full potential.
Areas I Work With:
- Relationship issues
- Low Self-esteem
- Creativity and self-expression
- Confidence issues
- Work problems
- Feelings of emptiness
- Change and transition such as career change, parenthood, retirement, separation
- Feeling 'stuck'
- Eating issues and body image
- Feelings of meaninglessness
- Feeling sad
- Marital difficulties, affairs and betrayals
- Separation and divorce
- Physical health issues and chronic pain
- Family issues
- Procrastination and difficulties in decision making
- Anger management
- Sexual problems
- Loss and bereavement, both recent and past
- Sleep problems
How I Work
My approach to psychotherapy is holistic.
I believe our experiences shape us from early on and continuously throughout life. As our beliefs and patterns of thinking and behaviour get established, they not only influence how our life unfolds but manifest in all aspects of our being - mind, body and soul. I invite my clients to engage their behaviour, conscious and unconscious mind and body in the therapy as appropriate.
The integrative counselling and psychotherapy modality I trained in allows me to meet your individual needs using a range of therapy approaches: person-centred and humanistic therapy and Gestalt, existential therapies, psychodynamic therapy, family and systemic therapy, transactional analysis (TA), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and transpersonal psychotherapy. I also use play therapy, creative imagination and dreamwork.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE)
Foundation Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE)
Clinical Placement, Tasman Ward Low Secure Unit, Park Royal Mental Health Centre, Central and North West London NHS Trust
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) (4 full training days)
Integrating CBT Modalities (Certificate)
Child Protection Awareness (Certificate)
Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Member of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE)
I have worked within the community, charities and NHS sector as well as in private practice. In addition to running counselling sessions, my roles have seen me provide crisis support to clients attending a drop-in community counselling centre and co-facilitating a weekly art therapy group in an inpatient NHS mental health unit.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Change and transition such as career change, parenthood, retirement, separation
Creativity and expression
Feelings of emptiness and meaninglessness
Physical health issues and chronic pain
Difficulties in decision making
Loss and bereavement, both recent and past
£60.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Face-to-face (a Covid-safe central Reading location) or online sessions:
£60 per session, payable online (cash payment available as an option for face-to-face sessions if needed).
Session times available (June 2021)
Face-to-face (central Reading RG1)
Monday 11.30 - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
All sessions are 50 minutes long. Cost: £60 per session.