Embarking on counselling or psychotherapy can feel like a really big step to take. It can feel difficult to find a safe place to talk about sensitive or painful issues. You may fear judgement or shame, blame or criticism. You may have felt you had to keep your experiences and feelings hidden from others.
I can offer you a safe, calm and non-judgemental space in which you can explore your concerns and process your experiences and life challenges, supporting you, over time, to find your way through your difficulties, find greater self acceptance and inner strength and move forwards in new directions from past challenges.
Therapy can offer you the opportunity to reflect on your life circumstances and gain greater awareness of how situations have affected you. It can support you to find ways to make changes, if necessary and help you to find the resources and resilience to take steps towards improving your situation and your emotional wellbeing.
I take the view that you are the expert on your own thoughts, feelings, needs and experiences but as I offer observations and feedback on what you tell me, this may help you to hear yourself better and to clarify and make sense of the issues on your mind. This may help us to identify patterns or themes that seem to recur in your life and to make links between current concerns and past difficulties.
As an Integrative psychotherapist, I have received training in various theoretical models, which I can draw on to suit the types of issues that you bring and as appropriate to what you hope to gain from therapy.
The main models I draw on are psychoanalytic theory; Attachment-based models, and Existential / Humanistic psychotherapy. I take a person-centred approach to sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regents University in London, where I completed a Masters degree in Psychotherapy & Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am bound by their professional code of ethics.
I have over 14 years’ experience working in the field of social care, with a varied client group including those with physical and learning difficulties. I worked for 10 years supportively with people with mental health problems in the public sector.
In addition to my private psychotherapy practise, my experience also includes work with students in higher education within a university counselling service, and for MIND with a diverse and varied client group.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Daytime sessions are £60 for 50 minutes.
Initial Assessment sessions are 90 minutes and are charged at £70.
Evening sessions are £80 for 50 minutes.
Initial Assessment sessions are 90 minutes and are charged at £90
Daytime sessions: Monday - Thursday.
Evening sessions: No availability currently