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BSc, MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am an experienced, qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a fully accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

My counselling approach enables me to help my clients look at what is causing them concern from various perspectives. People come for counselling for many different reasons. Often they just want to feel better and get some help in resolving their problems.

My way of working is first and foremost based on respect for the client. I provide a confidential and safe place for feelings to be heard, acknowledged and allowed. My aim is to facilitate an environment where you can feel enabled to express your feelings freely without judgement.

Counselling is about helping you to help yourself overcome the difficulty and pain you are experiencing now. It can also lead you to a clearer understanding of how the past may be preventing a happier and more fulfilled life in the present.

Also, counselling can help with altering any self-defeating behaviours and habits, enabling you to function and cope better with all aspects of your life.

Please feel free to contact me for an informal chat to discuss if I am the right therapist for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling – Roehampton University

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy – Roehampton University

Diploma in working with Adolescents – WPF Therapy

Extensive training and continuing professional development in bereavement and loss

For the past 12 years, I have worked as a private practitioner counselling adults and young people. I have also worked as a staff counsellor in a large NHS trust, as a founding member of a local bereavement service, as a voluntary adult and youth counsellor at the Wimbledon Guild and  as a school counsellor at a large secondary school in south west London.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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

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

Fees

Additional information

Individuals :

  • London W1 £90
  • Wimbledon £70
  • Young People £50

Concessions are sometimes available dependent on circumstances.

I offer short-term and long-term counselling depending on your needs from both my central London (W1) and Wimbledon (SW20) offices.

Further information

Our work together will start with an initial assessment. This is to find out whether counselling or psychotherapy is right for you at this time.

This is an important starting point. It gives you an opportunity to discuss the problem you would like help with and to explore the sort of help you need.

I understand that counselling can be a big step – not just emotionally but also financially.

That’s why it is important for you to have the opportunity to get to know me and decide if I am the right therapist for you.

53 Davies Street, Central London, W1K 5JH

Copse Hill, Wimbledon, London, SW20 0SP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations