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About me

I am a Health and Care Professions Council registered Counselling Psychologist.

I take a non-judgemental, warm and compassionate approach in my work with clients. To me, one of the most powerful aspects of therapy is the experience of being listened to and understood and this ethos is central to my practice. I believe that a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship is crucial and aim to create this with my clients.

In terms of what brings someone to seek therapy, sometimes it’s a general feeling that something isn’t right or needs to change, while for others, it’s a particular event or situation that has led to feeling stuck and overwhelmed. For some people there’s a sense of wanting to understand their mind better and work on self-awareness and development. Difficult feelings may be related to a current/specific problem or there may be a sense that there has been a build-up of stresses or traumas over the years.

During my professional doctorate, I trained in multiple therapeutic approaches; person-centred/humanistic therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. This range of training allows me to draw on different models in my practice, depending on what feels helpful for the client. I believe that it’s crucial for therapy to be personalised and tailor my approach to the experience, needs and, in some cases, goals, of each person I see. I’m more than happy to discuss different approaches in our initial session and think about which model, or combination of these, might fit best.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered

I have over 10 years’ experience of working in NHS, community and charitable settings with adults, adolescents and children. In addition to my private practice, I work in an NHS child and adolescent mental health service in London.

In my work as a psychologist, I have supported individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, loneliness, emptiness, relationship difficulties, anger management problems, estrangement, stress, bereavement, OCD, phobias, low self-esteem/self-confidence, difficulties with assertiveness, long-term health problems, sleep, burnout and health anxiety.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Fees

£100.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Further information

I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to allow space for you to ask questions and consider whether you would like to book an initial appointment.

If you decide to go ahead with therapy, initial sessions will focus on getting to know you, developing a shared understanding of your difficulties and making a plan for how to address these.  Therapy sessions are 50 mins (a ‘therapeutic hour’) in duration, they are typically weekly and you will have a regular time for appointments.

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

VSee
Zoom