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MA, MBACP (Accred).

About me

Do you suffer with anxiety, depression, guilt or shame?

Do you feel isolated because of a breakdown in family relationships, separation or divorce, betrayal by friends or estrangement from community?

Do you need to recover from the impact of domestic abuse?

Are you suffering from post traumatic stress/post traumatic stress disorder?

Perhaps major life changes have left you feeling lost, stuck, confused, distressed and ashamed?

I can work with you to work through the mental/emotional blocks arising from your difficult life experiences. I offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental healing relationship which will enable you to explore and discover your way out of stuckness into growth, movement and recovery.

I am experienced in working with those who are distressed due to displacement, loss, trauma and abuse as well as adults who have suffered bereavement be it through death, divorce or broken relationships. Many of my counselling clients have suffered with anxiety and depression brought about by different difficulties in their lives, while others have struggled with symptoms of post traumatic stress.

I am also experienced in working with clients who struggle with the strangulating effects of guilt and shame, as well as isolation, displacement, cultural issues, faith, diversity and a crises of identity.

In addition to working 1:1, I also run group therapy  - deliberately kept small - a maximum 6 participants.

I also work with couples or adult family members whose relationship is in crisis or those wanting to enhance the quality of their relationship.

My way of working is a trauma-informed person-centred approach integrated with pluralistic principles, psychodynamic concepts and psychoeducation.

I work holistically and relationally with the whole person - a humanistic model that facilitates growth.

I believe each person has the resources within themselves to grow and resolve their difficulties, given the right environment so I work collaboratively with clients to work through their difficult issues by providing the appropriate environment.

In our sessions, you will feel seen and heard because we would work in ways that suit your preferences.

If you would like to also work on practical goals such as life or career choices, as a qualified personal performance coach, I am well placed to work with you there too.

Bottom line is: if you feel stuck, I can work with you to get unstuck.  If you feel lost and confused, I can walk alongside you to find your way.  If you feel you've lost your voice and/or your sense of identity, I can work with you towards their recovery.

Do you need flexibility? In addition to face-to-face in person (suspended for the time being), I also offer telephone, email and video-link counselling.

Additionally, you don't need to be tied to one specific slot every week if that doesn't work for you, we can schedule as we go along.  However, if a fixed slot a week is your preference, we can work that way too: everyone is different, my commitment is to working with you in a way that best suits you.

Getting Started

Sometimes taking that first step can be toughest.  So first of all, well done for browsing.

The next step would be an initial telephone consultation which is entirely free. This is where we explore where you are, what you'd like to get out of working with me and whether indeed we feel we are a good fit to work together.  You can set this up by calling, texting or sending me an email to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

During the telephone consultation* I will listen to you and most likely ask a few questions to help me understand your situation better.  I will share with you how I work and answer any questions you might have.  You can either decide then to book in a first session with no obligation to continue or you might want to take some time out to think about it and come back to me.

*However, a telephone consultation is optional - some clients prefer to have an initial full session (paid for) from the outset after corresponding by email.

***There will be never been any pressure on you to make a decision***

If you decide you want to schedule in a session, we'll agree on the date, time, place and costs.  At the end of that first session, you can decide whether or not you want to continue, and how frequently.

If at any point you need clarification of anything, please feel free to ask.  Every question is welcome!  And so are you!

What else?

Online Group Therapy

Join me in group therapy (max 6 members) where you will work alongside others who are also on a journey of personal development and healing. Working through our issues in community can help reduce isolation. Authentic connecting accelerates growth. The thought of opening up in a group can be anxiety-provoking. Please rest assured that what you bring to group will be entirely up to you. You will be under no pressure to do or share anything you are not comfortable with. You are encouraged to show up as you are, to go at your own pace…

When?                                                                                                            Mondays 19:00 to 20:30 (open to all)                                                                         Fridays 12:30 to 14:00 (exclusive to therapists)

Where:  Online By Zoom

Cost: £25 per week

Max number of participants: 6.

What next?                                                                                                                 To find out more and to see if this is the best fit for you at this time, please contact me to schedule a free consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

(some) Experience:

In addition to my private practice, I have worked in collaboration with Hestia, a charity that supports adults and children in times of crisis. I was part of a team that provided counselling support to vulnerable people who experienced displacement, loss and trauma in the Grenfell fire tragedy.

I have previously collaborated with Woman’s Trust and Solace Women’s Aid both of which support women who have been affected by Domestic Violence.

I am an associate with MenCASA, a project that supports male victims of Domestic Violence and false accusation.

I have also partnered with Centre for Better Health,  a community-based charity that supports wellbeing and recovery from mental ill-health.

I volunteer as a guide at Crossroads Retreats, a charity that supports individuals to (re)discover their sense of direction and/or identity when at a crossroads.

A mum to three young adults, I previously worked as a journalist, an administrator, an adult literacy tutor, a weight loss consultant and group facilitator.

(relevant) Qualifications:

  • OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Accredited Member, BACP
  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London
  • CPD: Introduction to Couple Counselling/Complex Issues in Couple Counselling (ACC)
  • CPD: The Rewind Technique for PTSD (ARTT)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London
  • Postgraduate Certificate level in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London
  • Diploma, Personal Performance Coaching, The Coaching Academy, London
  • Practitioner, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), The Coaching Academy, London
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Institute of Education, University College, London

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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.


Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

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The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Crisis of Faith
  • Crisis of Identity
  • Shame

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From £65.00 to £95.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Here are the costs:

Initial Telephone Consultation (for individuals only): Free (10 to 30 minutes as required)

£65 to £85 for up to 60 minutes (Individuals)

£85 to £95 for up to 60 minutes (Couples/Family)

Supervision: £35 for up to 30minutes; £65 for up to 60 minutes; £85 for up to 90 minutes

*I am open to discussing concessions with people who, due to current financial constraints, might not be able to otherwise access counselling/psychotherapy/supervision.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays to Fridays 8.45am to 6.30pm. Contact me for available slots. (Last appointment at 5.30pm).

Further information

I work from my cosy consulting room/conservatory in my Newbury Park home, about 12 - 15 minutes walk from Newbury Park station, some 5 minutes from the nearest bus stop. On-street parking is available.

(face-2-face-in-person sessions are on hold at the moment due to pandemic. Remote working by telephone, video calls and email available).

Rita Edah is also registered with Life Coach Directory.

Ilford, Essex, IG2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Telephone, online counselling video-conferencing and email options available. Please ask.

Online platforms



In person

As a supervisor, my aim is to facilitate your reflection on your practice while supporting you in your work with your clients and your own wellbeing.

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