I provide counselling through the pursuit and discovery of the most empowering resource of all: the self.
I have witnessed that healing and change is possible through this therapeutic relationship which is why I am passionate about the Person-Centred Approach.
Counselling provides you with an opportunity to talk about problems or concerns you may have. The difference between therapy and confiding in someone you know is that I have no involvement in your world. I don’t have a personal stake in your life - that is I don’t expect anything from you beyond our agreement to work together. I am professionally qualified and trained to hear you and communicate understanding and facilitation in a respectful way. I do not give advice as I don’t consider it in your best interest, or mine, to tell you what to do. I trust that, by offering the therapeutic conditions of a confidential, trusting, authentic relationship, you will make your own discoveries. The space created between us can be beneficial in a variety of ways. It can be time devoted to you so you can hear yourself think and come to understand your feelings. It can be a place to off-load what feels like a burden, or to look at how you have become stuck. It can provide the space necessary for you to come to recognise what it is that needs to change. You may know what the problem is but not yet know how to deal with it. You may know that something is wrong but haven’t yet figured out what the problem is. However you choose to use it, the space is 100% dedicated to you.
I work in an open ended way, meeting weekly for a 50 minute session and reviewing every 6 weeks.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications: Higher Professional Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy, with a Distinction.
Diploma in Supervision.
I have worked as a counsellor for Lewisham Bereavement Counselling, LC & CTA Community Counselling Service and The Deborah Ubee Trust, all for which I was DBS checked.
I am the college counsellor at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in Clapham. I am a Clinical Supervisor for the Deborah Ubee Trust in Greenwich. I also provide supervision from my Hither Green Practice, SE13.
Over the years I have developed a way of working with actors through therapeutic facilitation and have worked in drama schools delivering workshops on themes such as "Resilience".
Experience: of working with bereavement and loss, sexual abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, loneliness, anxiety, depression, low self- esteem, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, eating disorders, panic attacks, adverse side-effects of medication.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Client fee: £45 for a daytime 50 minute session (from 9.30am till 4.30pm), £55 for an evening session.
For couples the sessions are £60 for an hour during the day, £70 an hour during the evening or weekends.
Supervision fee: I offer a concessionary rate of £40 per hour, or £60 for an hour and a half for trainees or newly qualified counsellors.
I also offer an ongoing concessionary rate of £45, or £65 for an hour and a half to counsellors who can have their sessions between 9.30am and 4.30am Monday to Friday.
Otherwise supervision is £55 an hour, or £80 for an hour and a half.
I can be flexible and offer sessions out of conventional working hours, subject to availability.