Welcome to my profile,
I am an experienced MBACP* registered Psychodynamic Adult Counsellor 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
Counselling for Adults:
I have a Private Practice in the Epping area as well as delivering online Counselling for over ten years. Through my work I am able to offer my knowledge and passion to help and guide clients to achieve a better quality of emotional life. Because of this, I have extensive experience in working with anxiety, abuse, childhood abuse, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues, family issues, loneliness, loss and bereavement, stress, trust issues and trauma.
By providing a safe and non-judgmental space to express inner thoughts and feelings, our engagement through counselling will eventually help you understand your emotions better. It will empower you in coming to terms with the sources of distress, making sense of your relationships and who you really are and why you act and react in the way you do. This can significantly enhance your confidence, self-esteem, relationships and wellbeing, meanwhile supporting you in developing greater emotional resilience. It also helps ensure a far stronger position to make appropriate choices within life.
Since the start of the lockdown I have increased my online Counselling as, for many, this feels safer right now. My experience of online practice is long standing and I feel it is important to point out that evidence base for internet-based interventions in common mental health has significantly expanded in recent years; there are now more than 200 controlled trials for a range of disorders and conditions. The evidence shows that these treatments often result in similar outcomes as 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 10 years all 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.
Play-Therapy for Children:
Play is the most important work for a child. When I engage in Play-Therapy with children, I have the capacity to have them lead the process rather than dominate and control the play (here lays the meaning of ‘child-centred’ approach) and, in so doing, I have the opportunity of coming into their worlds and seeing things from their framework. I explore with them and learn from them. I laugh with them, whimper with them and experience a range of emotions together. Play develops our connection which, in turn, enables trust as well as deliver one of those fundamental condition of healthy attachment: creating a sense of joy.
A child’s brain is still growing and developing, therefore articulating difficult feelings and emotions is hard. The use of play and creative work is specifically used with this age group as it provides a gentle, non direct and safe manner for expression which, alongside the therapeutic relationship, helps trust, awareness, insight and co-regulation of emotions.
Spending weekly one to one sessions with my young clients through emotionally connecting experiences such as play, laughter and talking creates the fundamentally needed conditions to help the child dealing with pressured moments. When a child is going through an emotionally charged reaction I have the ability to attune to the child’s dysregulated state, bringing a sense of calm and strength into the chaos and eventually, with patience and confidence, to facilitate the de-escalation of emotion and behavior. This way of dealing with crisis moments, a process where the child feels known by their attachment figure and safe from overwhelming emotions and experiences, builds up the core of self-regulation within the child.
As play unfolds over a series of sessions children develop a sense of understanding and empowerment over challenging situations in their lives. This in turn can lead to increased self-esteem and decreased distress.
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, as well as a Place2Be Level 4 in working with Children and Young People.
In addition to my Private Practice, I have volunteered and worked for over 10 years with different organisations, including Broxbourne Counselling Centre and NSPCC/Childline.
Between 2013 and 2018 I worked as a Primary School Play Therapist, Secondary School Counsellor, Project Manager and Clinical Supervisor with the children’s mental health charity Place2Be.
I presently work with the Children Society Charity as a Primary School Play Therapist as well as working privately as a School Counsellor of a Pupil Referral Unit for KS4 adolescent students.
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
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How to start?
I work face to face, Zoom/Skype online platforms or phone contacts and 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.