I am a MBACP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist accredited by the BACP. My theoretical orientation is in Integrative Counselling and I work within a relational model of practice.
Integrative counselling aims to integrate different counselling techniques and its view is that no single approach works for every situation.
Working Integratively, my aim is to recognise and value the use of Humanistic perspectives with Psychodynamic and Developmental theories. Person-centred counselling believes that all persons have within themselves resources for growth, to move towards self direction and autonomy, provided there are 'good enough' conditions.
Person-centred therapy stresses the importance of individual experience while at the same time acknowledges our interdependence.
Psychodynamic work on the other hand, involves exploration of your view of the world and how this may link with your experiences of the past. Psychodynamic counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into relationship patterns that have evolved since childhood.
Memories and early relationships are explored to make sense of current concerns.
Therapy can provide a safe setting in which habitual ways of responding to problems, and past conflicts, can be assessed. In my practice I work creatively and coherently using a range of perspectives depending on individual needs.
I have experience and a special interest in working with relationship problems, post-traumatic stress, bereavement, depression, work-related issues and addiction.
Training, qualifications & experience
I've been studying and practicing counselling since 1998 when I started my academic training in this field.
In 2000, I worked as a counsellor at Landmark in South London, with individuals who had been affected by HIV/AIDS. I was inspired to see how the provision of a safe, nurturing environment could promote personal growth and psychological well-being and how people can overcome obstacles in life despite their difficulties.
From 2001 until 2004 I worked as a bereavement counsellor at the Camden & Westminster Bereavement Service in London. Working with bereavement, I recognised that the crises we experience in life can act as a catalyst for change, or a search for meaning.
From 2005 till 2015 I worked within the substance misuse field, in Camberwell, South London, and in Ladbroke Grove, West London. I also run my private practice in South London.
My career so far has provided me with a wealth of experience and has shaped my practice along the way. I regard ongoing training as essential to my personal and professional development and regularly attend workshops and courses. I abide by the BACP ethical framework for good practice, and my work is subject to the professional conduct procedures therein.
MA in Psyhoanalytic Studies at Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Modular Access Program in Psychology at City & Islington College, London
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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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