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About me

Welcome, we all face periods of difficulty in our lives where we may feel stuck or overwhelmed. You may be feeling anxious, low, struggling to like yourself, having relationship difficulties, stuck in patterns that are holding you back or simply want a space to know yourself better and process your experiences. It can be difficult to take the step to seek support and start therapy, after all there is no 'magic wand' but it is my experience that sharing your concerns with someone trained to respond in ways that support you can certainly help. I work in a way that is warm, honest and collaborative offering a space of confidentiality where we move at your pace and together can confront whatever arises.

I specialise in high quality online therapy and offer both short and long term interventions. I conduct online work over Zoom which is simple to use and offers a high level of confidentiality and data protection.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have extensive experience working in mental health, both within charities and statutory services. I began my career working in complex needs homelessness before moving into addiction services within the NHS. As a result of this I have had the privilege of working with an incredibly diverse range of clients and presenting issues. I welcome this in my current practice.

I have successfully worked with people who are depressed and anxious, struggling with drugs or alcohol, dealing with personality or interpersonal issues, facing histories of complex trauma including sexual abuse, domestic abuse, chronic health needs, bereavement, homelessness and forced migration.

This variety of experience informs my practice as a therapist and my belief in the importance of a trusting relationship as a foundation for the work. Therapy can be a daunting and difficult endeavour, therefore it is key to find the right therapist for you. I aim to create a warm, open space where we can confront difficulties and discomfort together.

As an Integrative counsellor I draw on a number of approaches within my work. Sometimes theory can be helpful to understand our experiences, some may resonate and some may not. It is my experience that an integrative stance enables a flexibility to tailor the work to your needs. Approaches I hold in mind include: psychodynamic, existential, relational, humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapy. I am also influenced by attachment theory and elements of body psychotherapy. Fundamentally I work in a holistic way that is curious about all elements of your world and experience.

I hold a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Qualifications:

  • Psychology Bsc (Hons)
  • PGDip Integrative Counselling (The Minster Centre)
  • MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (The Minster Centre).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

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.

BACP

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in all areas of drug and alcohol addiction including the impact on family members and children. Addiction is often a chronic and enduring struggle for all those involved with particularly hidden risks for children. I therefore offer specific support around parenting and family dynamics. I have supported many families to reduce risk, build on existing strengths and have new skills to dramatically increase family functioning and well being.

My other specialties include working with domestic abuse, trauma, anxiety and depression.

Fees

£70.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45 initial session (50 mins).

£70 per session (50 mins).

I have a number of concessionary places available at reduced rates. Please contact me if this would mean you are able to access support.

When I work

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London, Greater London, N4

Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom