Who I am and how I can help
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist who is committed to supporting you through life experiences. I am interested in you, the light and shadows you may find yourself living through, and the path(s) you wish to travel.
I create a space for you to share what is happening in your life. I listen to you, am curious about what’s going on for you and how you are in the world. I help you find out more about yourself and the gifts and talents you bring to the world. Along the way I help you address any challenging experiences you are facing, anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem or confidence perhaps.
I see therapy as both a source of support when times are tough, as well as a place to blossom into the fullness of your life. I believe you have everything you need within you to live a fulfilling life, but perhaps it’s a struggle right now to put the pieces together.
Your motivation to seek counselling and psychotherapy could be because of a specific life event; for example, difficulties in a romantic relationship, the illness or death of a loved one, challenges at work; or related to broader feelings and experiences such as a rise in anxiety and panic, a dip into feelings of depression, a loss of purpose and meaning in life.
Whatever the challenge you’re facing, I commit to being non-judgemental, compassionate, and interested in you and to create a space where you can feel truly met and heard. I agree to bring as much of me as I can to the work and to support a genuine human-to-human relationship, something based in being, rather than seeming.
The next steps
If you are interested in psychotherapy and counselling and would like to take that first step then please get in touch via email or phone call.
Once we've made contact, I’ll often suggest a phone call so we can discuss your needs and assess together whether I may be the right therapist for you. After this phone call, if you decide you wish to continue, then I will suggest we meet for an initial session, either in-person or online.
Starting the work
This first session is a chance to talk about the issues and areas of your life you may wish to work on. In this first session we will discuss a plan for the work you may want to do. There is no contract or commitment to continue at any stage and I will facilitate reviews as we progress and encourage you to share your experience of the therapy process. The ultimate choice over how long we work together always lies with you.
I work in a friendly room in Brentford and also offer online and telephone counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and registrations
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy, an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology, and a Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts. I am a member of the UKAGP (United Kingdom Association of Gestalt Practitioners), and the IAAGT (International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy).
Experience and expertise
As a gestalt psychotherapist my practice is grounded in the interplay of mind/body/emotions and the development of increased holistic personal awareness. I bring experimentation and creativity to the encounter between client and therapist, encouraging you to explore new ways of being in the world. I can also share practical approaches from fields such as, meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion, to help you manage specific experiences such as anxiety and low self-esteem.
I have worked closely over a number of years with those suffering from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and confidence, grief, and the impact of traumatic life experiences. As well as private practice, I have also worked for the NHS IAPT service, in GP practices, and with not-for-profit counselling organisations.
Wider life experience and interests
I am a qualified teacher and prior to training as a counsellor/psychotherapist worked in hospital education for 10 years. I have also worked for 8 years in international development, 3 of these years in Africa and Asia.
I engage in ongoing professional development: having fortnightly supervision; taking-up further training in issues related to trauma, neuroscience, relationality; engaging in formalised discourse on issues related to ethnicity, identity, and historical legacies. This allows me to keep up-to-date and offer a reflective and ethical practice.
I am an accredited and registered mediator, working with families and colleagues in dispute to heal their rifts. I run workshops and dialogue circles focussed on building awareness and communication skills.
Outside of work, I walk, cycle, dance, sing, write and play music, and enjoy occasional bursts of travel and adventure.
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
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
£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£70 for a 50 minute individual session
I see clients Monday to Friday and propose that we chat about our respective availability when you get in touch.