Welcome to my profile,
I am an experienced MBACP* registered Psychodynamic Adult Therapist and a CPCAP* certified Therapist in working with Children and Young People. The aim of my service is to provide accessible, flexible, confidential and professional therapeutic support for people of any age who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Without appropriate support these difficulties can seriously affect a person’s capacity to trust and to fully engage with life's requirements.
*MBACP: Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
*CPCAP: Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
Therapy for Adults:
I have been delivering in person and online therapy for over ten years. Through my work I am able to offer a skilful and passionate professional approach to help and guide clients to achieve a better quality of emotional life. What I offer you is extensive experience in working with marriage/relationship issues, anxiety, sadness, divorce/separation, low self esteem, depression, abuse, childhood abuse, family issues, loneliness, loss and bereavement, trauma and stress related issues.
By providing a safe and non-judgmental space to express inner thoughts and feelings, our engagement through counselling will eventually help you process and understand your emotions better. It will empower you in coming to terms with the sources of distress, clearing up confusion and enable you to identify who you really are and, in time, fulfil your own emotional needs.
Therapy work will support the comprehension of relationships, allowing you to make sense of why you act and react in the way you do. The work will provide you the tools needed for positive changes. This can significantly enhance your confidence, self-esteem, the quality of your relationships, your sense of wellbeing, meanwhile supporting you in developing greater emotional resilience. Therapy will help you achieving a far stronger position to make appropriate choices within life.
Since the start of the lockdown I have increased my online practice because, for many, this feels safer right now. My experience of online therapy is long standing as I have been employed as an online counsellor for several years. The evidence for online counselling shows outcomes of these treatments to be as positive as those of conventional face-to-face therapy.
Counselling for Young People:
Alongside my work with adults, I am fully trained in working with Children and Young People . I have been emotionally supporting children and young people for more then 10 years in diverse educational settings.
I believe that having the ability of engaging adolescents is critical to maximizing the success of any therapeutic intervention. The skill of engagement it is something that I have acquired by working with Adolescents in many different settings, online therapy providers, secondary schools and a pupil referral unit with informed trauma status.
Engaging adolescents in Counselling is especially challenging and there are several reasons for this. Most therapeutic models are based on treatments that work for adults. These methods are frequently not effective in engaging adolescents because of their developmental immaturity, the stigma many adolescents associate with therapy, and adolescents feeling forced into it.
My clinical knowledge about therapy process, adolescent development, and adolescent interactions is what guides me in working with this population. Engaging adolescents in psychotherapy and establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with adolescents require that therapists express empathy and genuineness, utilize developmentally appropriate interventions, address the stigma, and increase choice in therapy.
Feedback to Parents/Carers
In order to develop trust, it is important to offer young people confidentiality, so I do not give detailed feedback following sessions. However, I offer a meeting with parents/carers every three months from the start of therapy, so to discuss how the intervention is progressing. When we review the sessions I will give general feedback about themes that have arisen.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics. I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and a CPCAP Level 4 in working with Children and Young People.
Alongside my Private Practice, I have spent eleven years working for two charities, Place2Be and The Children Society, as a School Counsellor and Play Therapist in four Primary School in London, a Secondary Academy and a Trauma Informed Pupil Referral Unit for KS4 (adolescents) students.
In addition, I have volunteered and worked for over 10 years with different organisations, including NSPCC/Childline (online/phone/email counselling) and Broxbourne Counselling Centre.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
At present I share time between in person and online sessions. Morning hours Monday to Friday are available exclusively for online sessions.
How to start?
I work face to face and/or Zoom. I offer open ended or short term Counselling. Firstly, we will arrange a time and day for an assessment. This initial meeting last around 90 minutes, when we will discuss what led you to reach out to me, some of your life experiences and what your expectations of our work together might be. If you feel that you would like to enter into regular sessions, then we arrange a time and day which is dedicated to you and our work together. Our 50 minute sessions are weekly.
For young people, a similar process will take place and the assessment with the Parents/Carers will focus on the young person. Together we will discuss the present situation and the Y.P. background. The presence of the young person is not needed during the initial meeting.
My practice space is a 10-15 minute walk from Epping Underground Station on the Central Line, and is well served by a number of bus routes. A wide car park is located two minutes walking from the practice and it is free after 6pm and Saturday morning.
The Counselling Room used is big and spacious and able to offer proper safe distancing. Furthermore, there are 4 roof windows to allow a constant form of ventilation. In the photo section you can see three different angles of the room itself.
For my work with Children and Young people the same camera monitored room is equipped as play-room.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to arrange an initial consultation, please feel free to contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0781 7565837 or simply use the email button on this page. If I can't be reached immediately, I will get back to you as soon as I can.