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Whatever you’re feeling right now, there is help and support available to you. We all go through difficulties in our lifetime and for some, this can feel more manageable when shared with another person. Experiencing problems may affect different aspects of your life and you might find yourself having difficulty sleeping, eating or achieving what you want in your everyday life.
Asking for help takes courage and many people benefit from getting support from a professional. The Counselling I offer allows you to explore and work through unmanageable or difficult feelings in a safe, non-judgemental and caring environment, helping you to identify which steps to take to overcome these challenges.
I have worked as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist since 2003, and provide a safe, nurturing and empathic environment in which many issues can be worked within. I have experience of working with a number of different issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, panic disorders, relationship issues, abuse, phobias, addiction, bereavement, low self-esteem/confidence, family and cultural issues amongst many others.
Within the Initial Assessment, I will explore with you what has brought you to counselling, and will discuss how we might work together. The initial assessment also gives us the opportunity to get a sense of each other and talk about how to achieve your desired goals. I may also suggest incorporating other approaches within the therapy such as the Rewind Technique (a safe and effective way of processing traumatic event/s or phobias) or Mindfulness practise to make the therapy more effective. It is important to note here that regardless of therapeutic approach, a vast amount of research has shown that the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most effective tool of all.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, with a B.Sc (hons) degree in Psychology, and a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am Integratively trained and have been working as a therapist since 2003. Throughout my work as a therapist, I have worked with a broad range of issues within a short-term and long term framework, and have also run Mindfulness, relaxation and anxiety groups.
I currently run my own private practice, and have previously worked as a Counsellor at St Mary's University, Kingston University and Luton University.
I have specialist training in:
- Counselling Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
- Bereavement Counselling
- Online Counselling
- Mindfulness (one-to-one and group)
- Fast Phobia and Trauma Treatment (The Rewind Technique)
- Group work
I have delivered a number of Cultural Awareness Workshops for trained professionals at the Association of University and College Counsellors, and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy conferences, as well as for trainees in various educational institutes.
I have also contributed to The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2001 (eds Colin Lago) Open University Press (The effects of a Pakistani Heritage)
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.
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
Currently I have availability for client sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
I hold supervision on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.