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BA & Dip Person-Centred Counselling, Accredited Member BACP

About me

Life can present us with many opportunities and many challenges. Sometimes events or experiences can overwhelm or destabilize us, and leave us feeling anxious, vulnerable, lost or unable to cope. We might find ourselves wanting to make changes but feel unsure how to do so.

As a counsellor, I offer a warm, non-judgmental, confidential relationship in which you can explore your experiences and the underlying feelings and meanings they may have for you. I invite you to direct the content and pace of the counselling, and will stay alongside you in whatever you are wanting to address, supporting you in listening deeply to yourself with acceptance and trust and in connecting with what you think, feel, want and need. I invite a collaborative, relational way of working in which we regularly review the counselling to ensure you are getting the most from it.

I value, respect and enjoy working with difference; I have worked with clients of diverse backgrounds and seek to hold an attitude of openness, curiosity and respect towards all my clients. I work to the highest professional and ethical standards, integrating the principles of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework into my practice, attending regular clinical supervision and giving ongoing priority to my own personal and professional development.

What can I expect from counselling?

As well as addressing specific goals, counselling can lead to shifts in perspective which result in much broader and deeper transformation of our relationships with ourselves, others and the world around us:

  • Improved sense of wellbeing (psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual)
  • Greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-trust
  • Greater sense of freedom to make choices which are authentic to who we are
  • Greater acceptance of, respect for and intimacy with others

How do I get started?

I invite prospective clients to come for an initial consultation to explore what you hope to gain from counselling and how well we think we might work together.

If we choose to work together, I would then offer short or long term counselling, depending on your goals and needs.

We would usually meet weekly, for 50 minutes.

Sessions take place in therapy rooms in either Wimbledon or Streatham, or online, depending on what is most convenient for you. Both therapy rooms are 5 mins walk from the train station, on several bus routes, and have parking available nearby.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor with a diploma and BA Hons in Person-Centred Counselling from the Metanoia Institute and University of Middlesex. I am an accredited member of the BACP. I have worked with clients in a number of different counselling agencies, on a range of issues, in particular relationship issues, anxiety, depression, abuse (childhood abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, bullying), trauma, bereavement and loss, low self-esteem and self-worth, family issues, parenting and co-parenting.

I also have experience of leading therapy groups and support groups with a therapeutic component.

I have a certificate in Integrative Supervision from Re-Vision. I also facilitate training for Into the Light and ACT Mumbai, two organisations working with survivors of sexual abuse.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parenting alone, co-parenting

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

A 50 minute session or initial consultation costs £50. I offer a small number of sessions at a lower rate to those on a low income or to students.

When I work

Monday evenings, Tuesday and Friday daytimes

Studio 31, Hideaway Work Space, 1 Empire Mews, Streatham, London, SW16 2BF

Wimbledon, SW19

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I offer one to one or group supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists of different modalities, qualified or in training, in person or online.

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