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BSc (Hons), PGDip, MBACP

About me

Introduction

I am a registered member of the BACP and an insured psychotherapist. I have experience both in public and private settings. I spent a few years working at an NHS London hospital in secondary care, and continue my specialist work at a highly specialised clinic for Dissociative Disorders (complex trauma), as both a psychotherapist and support therapist. My private practice is in Soho and Los Angeles.

A specialist area of interest is working with complex trauma, trauma and PTSD.

Psychotherapy can seem mysterious and there are many ways in which different professionals express what this process means to them. In my approach, I believe psychotherapy facilitates a process of exploration, which through a safe, confidential and non-judgmental relationship can aid self-development and encourage growth, which can underpin long lasting change.

I believe that while theories are important, each person’s situation is also unique.

The foundation for psychotherapy, is the relationship which is formed between you and I. The creation of this non-judgmental, confidential space, allows for a safe and contained exploration of the self.

How I Work

As we journey through your experiences; past, future and present, patterns can be recognised. We can bring to light aspects of oneself that cause distress and unhappiness. This in-depth process is unique to each person and the therapeutic relationship that develops.

My orientation to psychotherapy is an integration of relational psychodynamic ideas, attachment psychoanalytic psychotherapy and existential psychotherapy. This means that I am interested in exploring with you, your thoughts and feelings, your assumptions, values and beliefs. Together we explore your sense of self, your relationships with other people and relationship to the world in general.

Training, qualifications & experience

My main training was at Regent’s University and The University of Liverpool. I have also attended courses at The Bowlby Centre and the International and European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. I am committed to on going training and attend various courses and professional development seminars. I am an active member of the Society for Existential Analysis. I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University of Liverpool.

  • Regent's University - Psychotherapy and Counselling MA (ongoing)
  • Regent's University - Psychotherapy and Counselling PG Dip.
  • Regent's University - Foundation Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • University of Liverpool - BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • European Society for Trauma & Dissociation - Foundation in Trauma & Dissociation
  • Institute of Psychoanalysis - lecture series
  • The Bowlby Centre - Various CPD courses

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • complex trauma
  • trauma
  • PTSD

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer a free 50 minute initial meeting.

I charge between £75-£100 per 50 min session, on a sliding scale depending on income.

I offer a few low cost therapy places, which are currently full, but please enquire to join the waiting list.

Further information

What can therapy help with?

- depression, anxiety and stress
- grief, loss and bereavement
- addictions (food, drugs and alcohol, gambling, etc)
- trauma, neglect, physical, sexual and mental abuse
- identity, meaning and purpose
- attachment, relationship and interpersonal issues
- phobias
- gender
- sexuality
- anger and emotional difficulties
- disorders (including personality disorders such as ASPD, SAD, BPD (EUPD), anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders)

London, Soho, W1T

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults