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About me

Sometimes it doesn't feel possible to work things out on your own. You might be overwhelmed by challenges you are facing in the present or hurt and confused by feelings that are still with you from the past. Or perhaps you feel you are not living your life to its best potential.

Therapy is a space in which to talk, work through difficult feelings, and make changes were you need them. It is a safe, confidential and non judgemental space in which to explore your feelings and through that exploration I hope to help you find what you need to be able to move forward. I believe that therapy should be transformative and provide a solid base for change and progression. There are times when we all get 'stuck' in our thoughts and need help to push through to new ways of thinking.

I am an experienced counsellor and have worked in GP surgeries and at a London Prison. I work with a wide cross section of people from very different backgrounds and different ideas about what they need from counselling. I treat every client with the same respect, regard and desire to help.

I work from a strong theoretical base, I am trained in both Psychodynamic and Person Centred counselling and I integrate elements of both in my work. I find it helpful to look at past and formative relationships and patterns of behaviour, in the hope that gaining insight will help you move forward in the present.

I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to its' ethical code. 

I am fully insured and have regular supervision for my work with clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Level 3 Cert. in Counselling Studies, Level 2 Cert. in Counselling Skills, Awarded by Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

I am a registered accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

  • DBS checked.
  • Level 1 training course in Child and Adult Safeguarding.
  • CPD studies: Domestic abuse.
  • CPD studies: Understanding Patterns of Relating.

I have several years experience seeing adult clients at at GP surgery with a wide variety of presenting issues.

I worked for some time at a large London prison counselling male inmates.

I teach psychodynamic theory on a counselling diploma course.

I am always seeking to expand my knowledge and undertake ongoing studies through workshops and professional development courses.

I come from a creative background, I studied at Central St Martins and have a BA (Hons) in Design. I worked for many years as a designer.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

I charge £60 per 50 minute session.

I offer daytime and evening appointments.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults