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BSc Hons. Trauma Adv PG Dip. Clinical Supervisor Dip. MUPCA

About me

I am a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor & Trauma Therapist. I offer a safe and confidential space to explore both challenging and difficult thoughts and feelings in a non judgemental and empathic way.

I believe that every person that comes to see me is unique, so I generally base my practice on each person's own experience and their immediate needs. However it may be for some, that their issues are more rooted in the past, thus affecting them in everyday life.  Whatever the issues are, I have a great deal of experience and skills to help work through these with them.

Why Choose Counselling Support?
Some of the questions you may be asking yourself, may be difficult to answer.  Such as; Why am I finding my life so difficult?  Why am I struggling in my personal or professional relationships?  Why do I find it hard to sleep?  Why am I spending too much time worrying about things? I’m always feeling stressed and finding it increasingly hard to make important life choices? 

Perhaps you have experienced a traumatic event and are feeling as if this is still affecting you months or years ahead?  Or have you experienced any form of childhood abuse, or have endured repeated traumatic events throughout your life and find it hard to speak to others about this? Or perhaps you have had a significant loss or bereavement and are finding it hard to come to terms with this?

What to expect in the First Session
I will ask a few questions in order to get a better understanding of you and your life experiences. This is important to establish how best we can move forward and work together.  However, there is no rush to speak of certain things that may be difficult for you. This can be done only when you feel safe enough or comfortable to share.  

We can assess whether a psycho-therapeutic approach, or trauma focused interventions, would be more helpful in reducing any symptoms and bringing about positive changes.

I can also answer any questions you may have about the counselling process. We can decide and agree together how many sessions are needed, or choose to work open ended.

The Sessions
My approach is firstly achieved through dialogue, reflection and exploration, to hear your story and concerns, whilst secondly using certain interventions and techniques, to assist and accompany you to work through, and shift from any depressive, stuck or anxious thoughts or feelings.

My aim in the process, is really to help a person to become more aware of themselves, and to help understand where the roots of certain issues might be coming from.  Mindfully working together through any stuck, painful or difficult feelings, which may have become a stumbling block for any positive changes or development. Thus enabling a sense of better understanding and knowing oneself, to help build more self confidence and for acceptance to flourish.

Where I am based

1. Brixton
Tunstall Studios,  34-44 Tunstall Road, Brixton. SW9 8DA
Nearest Tube: Brixton - 1 minute walk.
Buses: 35, 37, 355, 159, 45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 415, 2, P4, 196, 250, 333, 432.

2. Clapham Common
Insight Psychotherapy, 16 Old Town Clapham Common SW4 OJY
Nearest Tube: Clapham Common - 5 minute walk. 
Buses: 137, 417, 35, 37, 155, 50, 88

I also offer online sessions via Zoom, or telephone sessions if preferred on Monday evenings.

Training, qualifications & experience

Integrative Psycho-therapeutic Counsellor - BSc (Hons).   
Trauma Therapist - Advanced Post Graduate Diploma level 7 
Clinical Supervisor - Advanced Diploma level 6.

My approach to my practice is Integrative, which means that I have studied and applied many different approaches, such as, Person Centred, Psycho-dynamic, Psycho-analytical, Existential,  Counselling for Depression (CfD). 

As a qualified Trauma Therapist, which means I am able to work with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex PTSD, by using Herman’s Triphasic Model for Trauma.

I am also working towards becoming an accredited EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Therapy) and can now offer this intervention as part of treatment.  EFT is a gentle but effective tool, particularly for helping to reduce felt symptoms of psychological trauma that have become embodied in the nervous system.

I have worked extensively in the mental health field as a therapist for the past 14 years.  I have also been managing counselling and psychotherapy services for the past 16 years, including such organisations as; Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham. Richmond Borough Mind.  East London Foundation Trust (NHS).  The Awareness Centre (TAC) and Care UK. 

My current role is with The Practice Plus Group (NHS) as The Counselling Team Lead and Trauma Therapist where I am based in a London Prison.

I am a clinical member of the UPCA and adhere to their code of ethics and good practice

Member organisations


Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA)

Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association


£70.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


Individual counselling is £70 for 50 minutes
Individual supervision is £70 for 50 minutes

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My practice days and times are:

Mondays:  7pm -9pm

Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm

Wednesdays: 5pm - 9pm

Monday evenings are currently for telephone or online sessions only

Further information

I offer up to 2 spaces for face to face or online sessions at a reduced fee of £60 for trainee counsellors and NHS workers.

Insight Psychotherapy, 16 Old Town, Clapham Common, London, SW4 0JY

Tunstall Studios, 34-44 Tunstall Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8DA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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In person

I am a fully qualified clinical supervisor to diploma level of both groups and individuals.

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