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MBACP Accredited, MBPsS

About me

I am a friendly and experienced therapist for couples and individuals in Shoreditch and on Skype. I also supervise clinical practice, teach and facilitate groups on introductory psychodynamic courses, teach on clinical qualification courses and am a Year Development Tutor for students on a professional clinical training.

What to expect from a first session:

I understand it can be hard to approach a counsellor for the first time, and I have an open and non judgemental manner. Counselling supports you at times of uncertainty and distress and gives you understanding about your emotional responses to life events and the skills to cope in times of stress. I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you have time to think and make sense of your feelings and start to identify a way forward.

We can either focus on a specific issue that you are aware of, or take time to reflect on how past issues are influencing your current life and behaviour and think about the impact these may have had on you. I work with a wide range of issues some of which include: anger, depression, panic, trauma, anxiety, bereavement, work related distress, motherhood, post natal depression, sexual difficulties, sexual identity, addictions and relationship conflict.

The process of therapy:
I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist and am trained to work with deep seated feelings which are held in our unconscious. Connecting with these can help you gain a clearer understanding of who you really are, and how to make changes to achieve a life that is more closely connected to your true self rather than continuing with a life that feels limited or unsatisfying.

My background:
I worked in TV and film production for 20 years and use this experience to think about the meaning we give to the visual and digital world.
I have worked extensively with clients as GP referrals, in a hospice, on programmes for the long term unemployed, at counselling agencies and in private practice in London and Herts.

I am also a qualified bodyworker and treat clients with massage and aromatherapy. I have an interest in how emotional distress can be expressed through physical symptoms and can help you think about this with your own body.

I receive regular supervision and as a member of the BACP I work to it's Ethical Framework for good practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychology BSc (Hons)
Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling - Relate with Univ of East London
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - WPF
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling-WPF
Certificate in Supervision - Society for Analytical Psychology
Award in Education and Training

Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member of British Psychological Society

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

DURING THIS COVID 19 lockdown period I am offering free sessions for NHS workers and anyone suffering from anxiety who is experiencing financial hardship

Shoreditch £85 a session for individuals and £110 a session for couples

Skype sessions for individuals and couples

Supervision £55-65/session

some low cost slots are available on Skype only: if this would help you receive counselling please ask

When I work


Further information

if you find it difficult to attend counselling at one of my locations I can offer Skype or phone sessions

City Psychotherapy Service, Studio 12, 32-38 Scrutton Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4RQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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lift to 1st floor consulting room

Additional languages

intermediate French and Greek


In person

I am a psychodynamic supervisor and trained at the Jungian Society of Analytical Psychologists I have experience working with group and individual supervision with trainee psychodynamic counsellors at all stages of training I am also a psychodynamic seminar tutor, academic tutor and marker for assignments.

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