Whether you are looking for therapy for a particular issue or wanting something a little longer, talking to someone can be a powerful and life changing experience and at the same time taking the first step can be one of the most daunting things one can think of doing.
I have over 10 years clinical experience and I am trained in multiple therapeutic approaches which allows me to work in an integrative way. Meaning that in my therapeutic work I can tailor my style of working to fit in with each persons needs.
I do adhere to some basic principles which support my work. Firstly, it is fundamental that a good working relationship is established. Trust and safety create the foundations for therapeutic work to flourish, therefore I will endeavour to create an environment that will help you to address your concerns or interests. In our first meeting, you and I will look at the benefits you hope to gain from therapy and how these can be achieved. In my therapeutic work my hope is that I can support and facilitate you to find a deeper understanding of your experience or difficulty which may be causing you distress or dissatisfaction. Through this exploration, you may notice an increase in awareness of your patterns of behaviour and thoughts, and by experiencing this change it may then help you to have more clarity about the options available and the possibility for change.
I work with the concept of the ‘here and now’, in which I encourage an exploration of your present way of being in the world and in your relationships. By becoming increasingly aware it may lead you and I to look closely at your early relationships and the impact this is having on your present experience and relationships.
There may be times when I think that it will be useful to work creatively to help the therapeutic work. For example you and I may decide to use role play as a way of understanding a difficult personal relationship. It can be liberating to try something new in the safety of the therapy room and hopefully this experience will eventually give you the confidence to try your new skill outside the therapy room.
All the above ways of working have been part of my training, my therapeutic work and my own personal development, and I have experienced the benefits of applying the above ideas into my own journey.
I offer both long term and short term therapy. I have experience of brief work and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In short term work I will establish the primary issue and use the sessions to address the concern. With a longer and open ended contract I work with the underlying issues that may be causing the difficulty. I see my role as supporting your process through feedback and facilitation and by suggesting creative methods that will encourage you to try something new in the safety of the therapy room.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist, graduating from the Gestalt Centre and achieving a Masters Degree in 2010 through the London Metropolitan University. I am also BACP Registered Counsellor, graduating from Thames Valley University in 2003 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred and Existential Counselling. I have over 10 years experience in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy. My clinical experience includes working for a GP’s surgery, the mental health charity Mind, a women’s centre and in private practice. I have 12 years experience of working for a large children's charity and at present I am working with teenagers on a 1 to 1 basis for the Kids Company. In my private practice I offer individual therapy for a wide range of issues. I have experience of working with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, marital problems, sexual and physical abuse, age specific issues, cultural related issues, career problems, family dynamics, sexuality and drug and alcohol related problems.
Qualifications and Training
Primary Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Training
MA in Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies
Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred and Existential Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Theory and Skills
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My Fees - Initial Assessments will be between £50 to £65 (depending on location and income), if you decide to continue working with me then weekly sessions will cost between £50 to £60 (depending on location and income)
I do offer some low cost appointments, this will depend on availability