I’m an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist based just a short walk from Watford Town Centre.
I work both face-to-face and online via Zoom with individuals experiencing many different challenges, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, questions around identity, issues with confidence and self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness or struggles finding meaning and direction, and everything in-between.
As an Integrative Psychotherapist, my therapeutic practice and thinking are informed by a number of widely recognised approaches, including psychodynamic, relational and person-centred approaches. Above all, I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is what makes therapy such an important and effective catalyst for change.
My role is not to provide a diagnosis or to tell you what to do, but to help you to re-connect with your own feelings, experiences, desires and intuition so you are able find your own way forwards.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre, Europe’s leading institute for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and all my work is guided by their ethical framework. I’m also a member of The Relational School. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate. Like all BACP members, I receive regular supervision with an experienced and qualified supervisor.
I have a longstanding interest in mental health, including how our early development and relationships shape our emotional lives and relationships as adults. Over the years, I have worked in a number of different mental health settings, ranging from local services to user-led and peer-focussed charities. These experiences have given me the opportunity to understand and work with emotional challenges from a highly diverse range of perspectives which continue to inform my work with clients.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
If you think I might be the right therapist for you, the first step is for you to get in touch and have an initial phone call or email conversation in which we will discuss practicalities, including any questions you have about fees, what regular session time slots I have available, and whether you would like online or face-to-face therapy.
If the practicalities line up, we will then arrange to meet for an initial 50 minute consultation session to get to know each other and discuss what has brought you to therapy. I offer this initial consultation session free of charge.
If we both feel this session has gone well, we will then agree a regular time for us to meet weekly. Depending on your needs, we might agree to meet for a short time (6-12 sessions), a longer time (6 months to a year), or without any fixed ending. Each session will last for 50 minutes.