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About me

I am a Person- centered /Humanistic Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and Counselling Trainer and offer counselling on a short term or long term basis in Hornsey N8

Why counselling?

You may be experiencing life changing events and need additional support. Or it might be that you need a reflective, confidential space to talk through problems that are impacting on your relationships or general well-begin.

Counselling can help you address specific problems, whether related to your past or present life experiences.  It can be a challenging journey of self-discovery whilst also giving you an opportunity to understand your thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the difficulties you may be experiencing.

My approach

My approach to counselling is underpinned by the Person-centred approach, which is a way of working based on personal growth and development; and holds a central belief that we have within ourselves the drive to develop to our best potential. I also believe our cultural heritage help to shape our perception of ourselves and others. I have many decades of experience working with different cultural communities and acknowledge, accept and value client’s cultural heritage.   I offer a holistic approach to client’s life experiences and concerns and aim to provide a safe environment and therapeutic relationship where clients can be fully heard, explore issues whether related to past or present life experiences and to provide an opportunity to understand their thoughts and feelings.

I am also open to working creatively with use of various art materials.

Please visit my website which gives you more information about my counselling and supervision service:


Training, qualifications & experience


  • BA (Hons) degree in Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Diploma in Supervision
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills
  • Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills
  • Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • City and Guilds
  • Accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and    Psychotherapy


I have 18 years’ experience in private practice offering long and short term work with clients from diverse cultures and backgrounds. I have worked as a counsellor in NHS primary care for 2 years, over 10 years in further education colleges, 15 years with Haringey Mental Health Cares Support Association and 15 years with EAP’s. I have managed Mind in Haringey Counselling Service and Hearthstone Domestic Violence Advice and Support Centre in Haringey.

I currently work as a senior counsellor and clinical supervisor at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and a group supervisor at Woman’s Trust,(a charity that provides support for female survivors of domestic violence and domestic abuse).   I also have experience of working with people employed in TV and theatre.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Some of the other areas I work with include:

Childhood trauma, identity issues, life changing events, work related issues, experience of oppression and racism, relationship issues, sexual violence, domestic violence, issues related to class, low self-esteem, working transculturally, and self-development.


Additional information

Fee structure:

Sessions for individuals are 50 minutes long.  The fee for individuals is £60 per session.

I offer counselling supervision to individuals, pairs and small groups. The fee for individuals is £60 per hour.  For groups, length of sessions and fee will be arranged between us.

Some concessions are available for students or clients on low incomes

When I work

Weekdays and evenings

Further information

I am open to working creatively with clients and supervisees and offer Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

Regularly supervision for both trainee counsellors and experienced practitioners are an essential requirement for therapeutic work with clients and provides a space for practitioners to work as effectively, safely and ethically as possible.

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