I am a Health and Care Professionals (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in mental health settings in the UK and abroad. As a Clinical Psychologist I have studied to a Doctorate level, and use contemporary theories of psychology and evidence based interventions in my therapeutic approach.
I have worked with adults and children experiencing depression, anxiety, social anxiety, health concerns and chronic health conditions, exhaustion and sleep difficulties, stress, psychosis, low self-esteem and low self-confidence issues, phobias, bereavement, relationship and family issues, emotion regulation difficulties and self-harming behaviour.
I currently work in the NHS in central London with adolescents and families, supporting young people with mental health issues and providing parenting support alongside this. I also work in private practice with adults. I am a member of the Private Practitioner's register am able to provide talking therapy sessions for most health insurance providers.
People come to therapy for a broad range of reasons; there may be an acute feeling of distress, a general sense of being unfulfilled and that there must be more to life, or a desire to enhance self-understanding and awareness.
I offer therapy that can be short-term and focused on a specific concern (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), or more exploratory and open-ended (integrative therapy). We will agree together during our assessment sessions which approach would be best suited to your individual needs.
My personal approach as a therapist is warm, empathic and direct. I believe therapy is most beneficial when clear and honest reflections are exchanged by both therapist and client. We will aim to create a warm, compassionate and truthful framework to allow you to fully explore yourself with another. I aim to help clients identify and connect with elements of their life that energise and fulfil them, and to move away from unhelpful patterns that drain them.
I have experience of working with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds in therapy (i.e. gender, sexuality, ethnicity, culture, ability, religion). I facilitate a monthly reflective space with a group of psychologists to think about the ways in which we can most helpfully work with diversity both in and beyond 1:1 therapy sessions.
Coming to therapy
The idea of coming to therapy can be daunting. I understand this and actively consider and work with the mix of feelings that can arise during the process of therapy.
Finding a therapist who is the 'right fit' is vital. I offer a free initial phone-call, at no cost or obligation to commit to therapy from you, to allow you to ask questions and see if we think we could work together.
If after this phone-call you decide we could be a good fit, the initial 1-2 sessions will be assessment sessions in which we attempt to come to a shared understanding of the issues that have brought you to therapy, how they link with your life experience. From this, we will make a plan together on how to best address these issues given our shared understanding of them.
After assessment, therapy will require meeting at a regular time (typically once a week) to allow us to build momentum to bring about observable change in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University College London
BSc Psychology - University of Surrey
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Adult High Secure and Acute Inpatient Units
Early Intervention in Psychosis Community Services
Older Adult Services
Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Health Psychology Services
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.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£100 per 50 minute session (in person or online)
Discounts are available for students, NHS staff and those on lower income - please do ask when making your initial enquiry.