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About me

In light of the current climate, I am offering Zoom, Skype and telephone therapy to individuals.

As a Psychotherapist and Clinical Manager/Supervisor, I have twenty-five years experience of working with individuals, couples and families. As such I have undergone lengthy and accredited training to work with these different client groups, which is listed below. I can understand and work with the challenges in life affecting us all. Whether it is affairs, life-stages, communication, depression, bereavement, work issues or a general feeling of low-self esteem that is impacting you personally or those around you, we can focus on these issues together in counselling. I also have a Masters in Eating Disorders and work with clients in this area, or where they want to look at their relationship with food and their body image.

I have a corporate background having worked in an investment bank and other sectors which helps me to understand the particular pressures that can feel unique to city/commercial life. I also had a long-standing work relationship with Relate. As a relational therapist I am aware of the impact of conflict within couple relationships on teenagers/children and help clients to seek to reduce the conflict especially when working with separation and divorce.

The counselling I offer individuals covers all aspects of relationships from newly formed to longer-term relationships and marriages, as well as separation and divorce. I also work with clients with are experiencing family issues arising from the impact of having young babies, children, teenagers, step parents, grandparents, in-laws, elderly dependants or illness. I also continue to work within a cancer charity, which provides support to the individual who has a diagnosis as well as their families.

Having trained as a family therapist, this allows me to work with families with adult children and children over 5. In addition my training has encompassed 10-18 year-olds and play therapy for younger children, which has enhanced my skills base.

It is important for clients to feel safe to talk about issues that are troubling them, so, after the initial assessment, the aim is to work at the client's pace and in a style that suits them, be it supportive or more probing and challenging; this can either be short or longer-term. I hope to help and guide clients to find ways forward that they can use in their everyday lives. There is flexibility with appointments times, given that many clients have commitments and stressors in their lives. I work using a number of theoretical approaches including psychodynamic; exploring the past to understand how it influences the present.  I also use systemic theory; belief systems and patterns within current and past family interactions and attachment theory; patterns of relating to a significant other(s) in your life. In addition I also use elements of cognitive behavioural therapy which is important to focus on change.

In addition to this I am able to establish relationships with clients, which contain qualities of warmth and understanding in a process, which can feel overwhelming or demoralising.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, Qualifications & Experience

1994                 Relate                                   Certificate in Counselling

2002                 WPF                                     Advanced Diploma Psychodynamic   Counselling

2004                 Relate                                   Clinical Supervision

2006-2008       Institute of Family Therapy   Diploma in Family Counselling

2010                 Relate                                   Counselling younger children

2011                 WPF                                       Awarded Psychotherapist status 

2015                 National Centre for Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity
                        Eating Disorders

I am a UKCP Accredited Counsellor. No: 2011161840

I have a total of twenty-five years of experience as a Therapist.

I have had a private practice for over seventeen years.

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Additional information

When I work

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Green Park, London, SW1Y

The Oast/Bower Farm, Hever Road, Hever, Kent, TN8 7LE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


In person

Qualified Supervisor in individual, couple and family therapy. Also qualified in eating disorders.

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