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MBACP, MCIPD, MSc, PGDip

About me

" Learn your theories as well as you can, but put them aside when you touch the miracle of the living soul," Carl Gustav Jung,( 1928).

The above quote epitomises the way in which I work. I have an extensive understanding of theories gained over 6 years of study and am trained in a number of different approaches/modalities.  However I work as an integrative therapist, adapting the way I work to met the particular and unique needs of each of my clients. I find this allows me to make the meaningful and authentic connection that is needed for clients to feel safe when working through painful experiences and emotions.

I understand that sometimes life can be hard.  We can find ourselves feeling anxious or overwhelmed in ; events and experiences can leave us feeling lost, isolated or directionless.  At such times finding the strength to look for help can feel like a big step and it is important that having taken it, your search leads you to someone you can trust. I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist and I provide a warm, empathic and confidential space in which my clients feel safe and supported. I seek to build strong and trusting bonds with my clients so that together we can explore the difficult thoughts and feelings that are impacting on their happiness and wellbeing.

I am based in South Woodford , East London and offer in person,  online and telephone appointments . I am fully trained in online counselling having undertaken training provided by the Open University in conjunction with the NHS in response to Coronavirus.  I find this training has enabled me to work equally well with clients when we meet remotely as when meeting in person. My website provides details of the arrangements I have put in place to ensure clients who prefer to meet in person remain safe during the Covid crisis.

In addition to my private practice I also currently work for the North East London NHS Trust and the charity MIND where I manage a large team of trainee counsellors.  I have experience of helping people with a range of difficulties including; anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, sexual abuse relationship difficulties and bullying. I also have much experience of working with people struggling with questions around their identity or purpose in life. 

If you are finding life difficult right now and would like some help working through what is going on for you please get in touch. I understand that it can feel difficult to take that first step so I offer a free initial 20-30 minutes phone call or zoom meeting to talk through what you are looking for , how we may be able to work together. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Counselling and a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills.  I also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My fees are £50 for an online or telephone session and £55 for in person session in the daytime, £60 evening,  which includes a small contribution towards the cost of room hire.   I offer a free initial call or zoom meeting in which we can talk through what you are looking for.  I will advise what I may be able to offer you so that you can see if you feel I am the right person for you.

When I work

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Lilly House, 11-12 George Lane, South Woodford, East London, E18 1BD

Type of session

In person
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Key details

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