I am a qualified and experienced counsellor with a compassionate and down to earth approach. Some of the issues I can help with include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and family difficulties, disordered eating, work related issues, career change, creative blocks, bereavement, gender identity, sexuality, domestic violence and abuse, past or present.
Many of us know from first hand experience that talking to another person can be invaluable in helping us to understand ourselves better, or to make sense of experiences and situations that we are struggling to come to terms with or would like to change. I can offer a calm and supportive environment in which to do this, albeit one where challenging questions can be addressed.
I aim to work collaboratively, starting with your needs, supporting you to gain insight so that you can make meaningful choices about what is important for you. I work in private practice and the voluntary sector, with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. As an integrative therapist, I draw on several approaches to find the best and most appropriate way of working with you.
I offer both short-term counselling and longer, open-ended work. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Whether you are coming to therapy with a specific issue you would like to address or a more general need for support, the first step is to email or call so that we can set up an initial appointment. This first meeting is an opportunity for you to tell me more about yourself, and what you would like to explore in your therapy. Equally, you will have a chance to get a sense of what I’m like and how I work, and by the end of this session we should have a sense of whether I am the right therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial training was at the London Centre for Psychotherapy, where I completed a two-year foundation course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I followed that with a three-year training at The Minster Centre, London, and was awarded a Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I also have a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies and an M.Phil in Cultural Studies.
I have had specialist training in working with people affected by domestic and sexual violence, and have worked intensively in this field. I have attended short courses covering a range of areas including bereavement, eating disorders and working with trauma. I continue to attend courses, workshops and seminars as part of my ongoing professional development.
Previously I have worked for over twenty years in independent film, and I have an interest in working with people from the arts and cultural industries, including those experiencing creative blocks or looking for new directions or purpose in life. I have worked in a range of arts and film organisations, and have supported staff during periods of workplace change and personal transition. As a manager and mentor I have considerable experience of motivating and empowering people. I am happy to be able to draw on these experiences, as appropriate, in my therapeutic work.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 per 50 minute session. I have some low cost sessions available for people on low or no wages
Initial consultation - £35