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BA Hons: PG Dip: MBACP

About me

The prospect of talking to a stranger about your problems in living can be quite daunting. However, this could be a turning point in your life. During your sessions we will together explore your issues in depth, making meaning of difficult feelings and patterns and how it may be a call for change and transformation.

Counselling & Psychotherapy may be able to help if you are

Experiencing any kind of loss, bereavement or trauma

Not feeling good about life at the moment and you don't understand why

Struggling with burnout, stress, anxiety, panic attacks

Having difficulties within personal or family relationships

Facing a problem that is hard to talk about or resolve

I'm a Trauma-Informed Intersectional Integrative Psychotherapist.  I'm trained/qualified in modalities such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems as well as Existential & Psychodynamic modalities, underpinned with Compassion Focused therapy and Polyvagal Theory.

My approach is also GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways on living/being.

Let's talk

I provide a confidential, safe, non judgemental space to explore what may be contributing to your current difficulties providing you with an opportunity to gain another perspective and explore other options and ways of managing your issues. 

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

Training, qualifications & experience

After studying Philosophy and Cultural Studies twenty years ago it occurred to me early in my learning that Philosophy had much to offer us all in thinking about what life means for us moreover how useful it could be to us when we experience difficulties.

I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist ten years ago and place at the heart of my approach Existential Philosophy combined with the cultivation of acceptance and compassion for self and others.

I believe that a productive therapeutic relationship must always contain the four key elements of comfort, clarification, encouragement and solidarity.

I have been working in private practice for eight years and in that time have worked with a large variety of people with different issues such as complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, various personality disorders, identity related issues (race, gender and sexuality) hearing voices and attachment related issues.

I  worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for seven years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee counsellors.  My work devoted to therapeutically supporting those with serious mental health difficulties due to experiencing developmental trauma.

I also provide Clinical Supervision for several colleges including CPPD (Counselling & Psychotherapy training school).

I also teach/train a range of modules such as 'Working with suicide', 'Psychopharmacology', 'Managing Anger & Difficult Emotions' and various Trauma related modules.


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Groups & Individual)
  • Post Graduate Diploma In Humanistic Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Cultural Studies

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Additional Training:

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Interpersonal Therapy for depression (IPT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Accredited Trainer of Groups)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Hearing Voices and Paranoia/Beliefs Group Facilitation
  • Mentalisation Based Treatment
  • Adolescent Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment
  • C.B.T (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Anxiety and Anger


Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual sessions

Standard session fee £85-£150 (sliding scale, exact fee is based on financial earnings)

Individual sessions will last for 50 minutes, and we would usually meet once a week.

Relationship Therapy (sometimes known as 'Couples therapy')

Ongoing session fee £130 - £170(sliding scale, exact fee is based on financial earnings)

Relationship sessions tend to be 90 minutes, once weekly

Low cost spaces are sometimes available.  Please contact me to find out

My practice is based at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street SE1 2TH

020 3870 4138 or to discuss specific requirements

When I work


Further information

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I work confidentially and have the highest respect for your emotional well-being.

Please e-mail if you have any specific questions regarding counselling

London Bridge, London, SE1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

Intersectional Trauma Informed Integrative Supervision & Therapy (GSRD & Queer affirmative)  Please read my counselling profile to gain information on my extensive experience, modalities and principles from which i work.

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