I used to be like you. I was depressed for many years but I didn’t know what to do about it. I went to see therapists who sat there blankly while I cried. I left and cried some more, wondering what was wrong with me. I felt so bad about myself that I would simply stay in bed and try to sleep most of the day away. I was unhappy in relationships because I either chose people who didn’t treat me well or I sabotaged relationships with people who did. I knew I needed help, but I couldn’t find it. I read books, I tried to eat better and to exercise. I was frustrated because I was willing to change but I just couldn’t work out what needed.
When I started training as a therapist, I finally began to understand why I was depressed, how our environment and experiences affect us. I began to feel less crazy because there were reasons I felt the way I did and there were other people who understood how I felt because they had been through similar things. This helped me to feel less alone and ashamed.
Now I help people understand the impact their experiences have had on them and what to do next. I no longer live my life under a black cloud. When I am struggling I am able to ask the right people for support. I don't hate myself, I don't expect perfection and my inner voice is (mostly!) helpful and calm. I would love to help you do the same!
Training, qualifications & experience
I took a counselling skills course at Metanoia Institute in London before undertaking a 4 year post graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. I'm UKCP accredited which means the UKCP check that I meet their high standards.
I've had additional training in sexual abuse and abusive relationships, trauma and cptsd (complex trauma).
I've had a lot of personal therapy to help me differentiate my 'stuff' and your 'stuff'. You don't need to worry about whether you're sharing too much or if I'll be ok. I'm happy for you to tell me as much as you feel comfortable. Whether you want to talk about dying, feeling suicidal or why you feel like a failure, I'm happy to listen.
The most important indicator of success in therapy is how you connect to your therapist. I want you to find the right person and if that's not me, I'll see if I can direct you towards someone who can help.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
C-PTSD, CPTSD, Complex trauma, developmental trauma,
I charge £105 per 50 minute session.
I request clients commit to weekly sessions initially to ensure that they get the support and encouragement they need. I'm a registered provider with Aviva. Please check your policy if you would like to use your insurance.
My practice is LGBTQIA affirming.