I am a qualified Psychotherapist registered with the UKCP specializing in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy. This means I am qualified to deliver psychotherapy to families, couples and individuals. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Just as our physical health may require professional attention, at certain times, our emotional health may need specialist consideration too. Therapy can provide a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. Whether there is an issue that stems from your history or from a current life situation, it offers an opportunity for you to talk with someone who is trained and experienced, to listen attentively and to help you consider your choices, relationships, dilemmas, history and your future.
As a therapist, with 25 years’ experience of working in the field of child and adolescent mental health it is my intention to help people find ways of living that suit them best as individuals, as partners and as members of a family and community.The majority of my experience has been working with children, young people and families, and relationships have always been my focus. As individuals we do not exist in a vacuum and I believe it is our relationships with others that shape who we are.It might be that you want to focus on your relationships with just the therapist, with your partner or family. I can offer individual, joint and family meetings.
I also hold a PG Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Treatment for children and young people and provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to young people with anxiety disorders and depression.
I am also a course facilitator for the Incredible Years Parenting Programme - a parenting programme for parents of pre and primary school age. I am also experienced in a parenting programme for parents of adolescents.
All of these therapies or programmes are recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
I imagine that by the time you have found your way to this web site you have made the choice to make some changes in your relationships.I also understand that this is a very important first step. Seeking therapy is a courageous act and not a decision taken lightly.
Some of the issues I regularly work with include:
Anxiety and depression in children/young people including self harm and eating disorders
Couple and marital difficulties
Parenting issues with children of all age groups
Issues relating to divorce, separation, step-parenting and lone parenting
Coping with the effects of stress on relationships
Meeting the challenges of life cycle changes
I am available to meet with you in your own home.
I hope my profile will help you understand a little more about my work, but please feel free to contact me either by phone or email. After the initial phone conversation, there is no obligation to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA in Psycho-Social Studies (University of East London)
MA in Social Work (Goldsmiths College)
MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy - Families and couples (birkbeck College)
PG Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Treatment for children and young people. CBT for anxiety and depression (University of East London)
I am UKCP Registered and receive supervision and training. I am committed to continuing professional development.
I have 20 years experience of working with children, adolescents and their families. I have worked for the NHS as part of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in both community and hospital settings. I have worked with children from babyhood to adolescence - who present with a wide range of issues from sleeping and potty training to Leaving home. The complexity of difficulties has also been diverse ranging from managing temper tantrums to eating disorders and anxiety and depression.
I work with parents, children and adolescents individually, families and groups. As part of my CAMHs role, I work in the Under 5's service, providing support to parents/children of the pre-school years.
I have also worked for 4 years with children who are at risk of being involved with the criminal justice system.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The initial meeting is usually longer than normal (75 minutes as supposed to one hour). This is an opportunity for us to begin to get to know each other and for you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you. It is important that you feel comfortable and safe.
I appreciate that there can be a number of hurdles to actually getting to appointments. i.e. parents might find getting a babysitter to come to a meeting being one, or people who work finding the time to travel to a meeting another. For this reason I offer a service in clients own homes in the evenings.
This might not work for everyone. Some may find the opportunity to talk in a 'neutral' space to be very helpful while others prefer the comforts of their own home. The option, however is available.
Due to COVID -19, I am unable to offer face to face sessions, however I am able to provide sessions using zoom. The cost is £60 for couples/families and £50 for individual meetings. A reduced price is available for low income clients and key-workers.