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MA, Dip.Couns,(Registered Counsellor) BSc Psych, MBACP, HCPC

About me

Welcome and thank you for choosing my page. If you are considering counselling then you are taking the first steps to change your life and I hope I can help you in your journey.

Why seek counselling?

It can be a challenge to deal with life's ups and downs which can often leave us feeling worse for wear and you may find yourself saying "its just one thing after another"! You may feel that you are struggling  to manage, notice yourself becoming more irritated, annoyed, frustrated and angry with yourself, your children, partner, work colleagues and others around you. Perhaps you are becoming more upset, hopeless and depressed, no longer enjoying things as you used to and feel that no-one understands you. If this is the case you may find it helpful to start to talk to someone about what is going on for you.

Why come to see me?

People come to see me for all sorts of reasons. Some people come because they would like a short course of therapy to help them deal practically with what is bothering them, others come because they are looking for something longer term that will address issues that have been troubling them for a long time. Sometimes people struggle to put into words quite what the problem is. Whatever the issue, my approach is to gently help you think about where you are in life, how you got to this point and how you can move forward in a way that works for you. Ultimately people tend to want better relationships with their partners, families, friends and to feel less distressed, annoyed, angry and disappointed in themselves.

What you can expect

If you decide to work with me I will provide a safe, non-judgmental space and take a calm, open minded approach. I will be interested in patterns you may have noticed and will think with you about how they may have developed. I can help you think about strategies to cope, as well as exploring what seems to be underlying the problem.

My experience

I have a broad range of experience including working with people who have depression including low self esteem, low motivation, low confidence and anger problems; anxiety disorders such general anxiety, social anxiety, health worries, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I have worked with people who self harm and have suicidal thoughts as well as people who have addictions. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma including sexual abuse, domestic violence and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have experience working with people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also have experience working within complex family dynamics and relationship difficulties.

I offer a range of therapeutic approaches depending on your individual needs. My main approaches are Psychodynamic Theory, Person Centred Theory, Systemic Perspectives and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and I often combine them in order to fully support you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor having completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Additionally I have trained as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) completing a Post Graduate Diploma at Kings College London (KCL) and am registered with the association of British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Furthermore I have completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Child and Young Person IAPT Supervision and provide supervision for counsellors, CBT therapists and those who work in a CBT informed way with children and young people.

Since 2011, I have been a qualified Social Worker having studied a Masters Award (MA) at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (Social Work England) and am a full member with the British Association of Social Work (BASW).

I have a Bachelors of Science (BSc) Degree in Psychology which I obtained in 2008 from Goldsmiths University of London.

I have over 10 years experience working and attending trainings within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in several NHS trusts in London and currently work within a CAMHS team. I have worked in multiple Local Authorities in London and with charity organisations such as MIND. Some trainings include:

  • Certificate - Brief Solution Focused Practice
  • Certificate - Systemic Therapy
  • Freedom Programme Training
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families
  • Tree of Life Narrative Therapy
  • Drugs Awareness
  • Alcohol Awareness

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.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £60.00 to £100.00

Additional information

From £60 per 50 minute session

Concessions available for counselling students and those on low incomes

When I work

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Monday - Thursday evenings 6-10, Friday 11- 15:00, Saturday 9:00am - 14:00. 

Further information

I have an up to date DBS record and continually keep this updated on a yearly basis. I adhere to my code of ethics with both the BACP and BABCP and keep myself clinically and professionally relevant in relation to attending workshops and further trainings.

Purley, Surrey, CR8

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages

None

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

Online
Phone

I provide supervision for counsellors working with children and young people in IAPT settings or using CBT.

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