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About me

"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."Jim Rohn

Have you got that niggling feeling that things aren't right? You don't feel happy or you feel stuck in negative behavioural patterns? Or it could be painful unresolved issues from your past, or daily life issues like anxiety that are affecting you in the here and now. Therapy is a great place to start. Through a collaborative process I can work with you to identify what might be holding you back or keeping you stuck and giving you the support you need to move forward. I work integratively which means I use different styles of therapy but tailor it to suit you as every client is an individual and has different needs.
Relationship in trouble? Couples therapy can be invaluable for providing a safe space to work through all the issues that arise between you. In my experience many couples simply lose the ability to communicate effectively and get themselves heard. I can work with you to help get you towards having a healthy relationship. I find that sometimes just a few sessions can be really effective, but of course I offer long term work and support if it is required.

I strive to create a relaxed informal confidential safe space. I am currently running my private practice in Brixton where I have put in place the necessary steps to ensure that all recent guidelines related to Covid-19 are considered.

I also offer walking therapy if the idea of being in the therapy room doesn't suit.
I am qualified to work integratively and in CBT. I work with individuals, couples and young people.
I’m currently training with CPPD to become a supervisor so offering low cost supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a further Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) I also have extensive training with working with eating Disorders with the National Centre for Eating Disorders.
I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics. I am also a member of Cruse, Bereavement Agency.

I have gained experience by working in an NHS environment and privately with issues ranging from:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • relationships
  • family issues and couples work
  • bereavement

Lack of self confidence and low sense of worth and self esteem.

I am also qualified and experienced in working with young people (aged 12-19).

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

If a particular issue is not listed, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

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Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, so initially I would suggest an assessment session to establish why you are considering therapy and what you may hope to get out of the process.This also provides an opportunity to ask any questions and to address any fears or concerns that you may have. I am able to offer some concessions depending on availability.

My fees are:
Individuals £65
Couples £90

When I work

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I am available week days and evenings. I can also offer weekend appointments if necessary. Please email or call me to discuss availability and we can find a time that suits.

Brixton, London, SW2

The Awareness Centre, 41 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London, SW4 9JX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme