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Integrative Counsellor, BA (Hons) MBACP

About me

Life can be hard, lonely, feel cruel or empty. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or stuck. Therapy can ease your suffering, enable release and grant insight. It can help you cope more easily and move forward.

I can offer you a safe, caring space to be heard and will explore with you, without judgement, the things that feel difficult for you. I am an experienced, professionally qualified counsellor and my approach is integrative-relational, which means I draw on different theoretical models to support my work. I believe past events and relationships impact you; they influence how you view yourself and others and can cause destructive thoughts and patterns of behaviour. I also believe that the relationship between you and your therapist is fundamental to enable change. A warm, respectful, trusting relationship will help you to feel safe enough to examine painful, difficult issues. It is a relationship that can enable you to expand your awareness, gain greater insight into yourself and your relationship with others and find new ways forward.

I understand how daunting it may feel to start therapy and the choice of therapist is an important one, so I offer a no-commitment initial consultation for you to get a sense of me and decide whether my way of working feels right for you.

During the pandemic, I offer online therapy via Zoom to ensure the safety of those who are at risk or are unable to leave their homes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I offered therapy at a busy GP surgery, worked for the counselling team of a local authority, been an associate counsellor at a leading London university, and I still work as a volunteer counsellor for the charity Mind.

I have experience of working with adults of all ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations.
I welcome working with clients age 18 + irrespective of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, cultural/religious background or nationality.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by its Code of Ethics. My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.

Qualifications
BA (Hons) (First Class) Integrative Relational Counselling from Middlesex University
AQA Level 2 certificate in counselling skills
Certificate in mindfulness-based stress reduction

Member organisations

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relational

Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fees are £60 per session. Initial session: £20. I am happy to offer concessions.

Further information

My private practice is a 2-minute walk from Kew Gardens station, with easy access to local transport links and street parking.

Richmond, Surrey, TW9

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

My private practice is on the ground floor with easy access

Additional languages

German