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MSc UKCP Reg MBACP(Snr. accred.)

About me

Welcome . I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a registered and senior accredited member of the BACP.

I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist since 1999, most recently as a Staff Counsellor for the London Fire Brigade. In addition I have worked in a range of contexts including a GP surgery, Sutton Hospital Psychotherapy Dept, PACE, an Alcohol and Drugs agency and private practice. I was also Chair of the Trauma Network (London) for 2 years.

I have considerable experience of working with and supporting a diverse range of individuals. I have particular experience of working with:

  • relationship and family difficulties
  • bereavement and loss
  • depression and anxiety
  • stress both work-related and life stressors
  • trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder
  • issues around sexuality and gender identity

Previously I worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry on adoption and fostering and then in a social work team, working with vulnerable adults. I bring this knowledge and experience to my current work.


I work with individuals, face to face and offer both short and longer term, in-depth work. For people experiencing Post traumatic stress I can also offer a therapy called EMDR and Sensorimotor therapy.

I aim to create a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship - this is central to my work. I offer this by providing a:

  • A confidential, safe space to explore things
  • A respectful and non-judgemental relationship that values difference and diversity
  • Clarity about what I can offer and how we might work together
  • Being open and honest with you
  • A commitment to listen and understand things from your perspective
  • Exploring how past experiences may impact on the present
  • Working at your pace and a depth that feels comfortable for you
  • Building on and developing your strengths and resources
  • Reviewing the work to ensure it is meeting your needs

I work in an exploratory, collaborative way. I like to work creatively to suit your style and personality and the issues you are bringing. Sometimes thoughts and feelings don't have words and it can be useful to use other ways to help express and make sense of them like imagery, drawing, body-focused therapy, as well as dialogue.

The theoretical approaches I integrate into my practice are from the psychodynamic and humanistic traditions, particularly intersubjective relational and body orientated approaches.

If you are interested in having counselling / psychotherapy with me then please e-mail or telephone. I like to have a brief telephone conversation with you before we book an initial session. This first session is an opportunity to look at what is concerning you and how we might work together and for each of us to see if I feel like the right person for you. If you decide you would like to continue then we can book some further sessions. I suggest that we review this after 6 sessions and think together how we go forward.


My practice is based in Anerley Town Hall, a mixed business and community venue in Anerley. There are good transport links from Croydon, Crystal Palace, Beckenham and central London. Anerley station is opposite with both overground and national rail links from London Bridge, Forest Hill and West Croydon. Crystal Palace station is 10 mins walk away and again has Overground and national rail links to Victoria, London Bridge and Beckenham Junction. The nearest tram line stop is Birkbeck which is 15 mins away. The buses serving this location are 157, 249, 354 and 358.There is unrestricted street parking nearby

Training, qualifications & experience

My main qualifications are as follows:

BSc (Hons) Social Psychology, Univ.London 1987

• Certificate in Counselling Skills and Counselling Theory, CSCT 1999

MSC in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute 2004

• Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy 2006

• Certificate Part III EMDR in 2008

• Certificate in Sensorimotor Therapy for Trauma, SPI 2010

• Certificate in Supervision, The Grove 2011

I regularly attend further training as part of my Continuing Professional Development. This enables me to review my practice in light of current clinical thinking and developments and ensure I am offering you what is considered best practice in the profession. Other trainings have included working with self harm, cognitive therapy with trauma and anxiety disorders, transgender issues, traumatic attachments and addictions.

My regulatory bodies are the UKCP and BACP and I am guided by and adhere to their respective ethical frameworks. This includes me having regular supervision to support my work with you and having Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£70.00 per session

Additional information

  • The initial consultation is £70.00and lasts 1 hour
  • Ongoing sessions are £70.00for a 50 mins session
  • EMDR sessions maybe longer for which different charges will apply.
  • Payment is by cheque, cash, or bank transfer

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work daytime, afternoon and evenings on Tuesday and Wednesdays. The last appointment is at 6.15pm. I also offer morning appointments on Thursdays.

Room 18, Anerley Town Hall, Anerley Road, Anerley, London, SE20 8BD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults