Why come to Therapy ?
Sometimes the struggles in our lives feel overwhelming and impossible to share with others, coming to therapy will support you in exploring and normalise these feelings helping you to find your way forward. Such feelings can be triggered by a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, bereavement, sexual or domestic abuse, self esteem and low confidence, relationship issues, panic disorders, health anxiety, sexual issues or a change in circumstances such as divorce, redundancy or unemployment and many others. Working together therapeutically we can create a safe, non-judgemental space where you can explore the issues causing you anxiety and stress.
Sometimes you may just have a general sense of malaise, a lack of fulfilment or a feeling of flatness, unhappiness or anger where you feel unable to identify the causes. Together we can work through these difficult feelings and discover the underlying source.Therapy can also be about recognising the patterns of behaviour that keep us stuck, understanding how and why we developed them and making active changes. I practise an integrated model of counselling, allowing me to draw on a wide range of psychological theories to help you find your way forward.
I am also a trained in somatic trauma therapist. If you have been involved in a traumatic incident such as a rape, physical attack, car accident, burglary, complicated bereavement or have witnessed a traumatic incident, you may find yourself struggling with the after effects. Trauma of this kind can trigger your flight/fight response and leave your body/mind in a heightened state of alert which creates continuing difficulties such as flash backs, disassociation and heightened stress responses. I can help you develop techniques to address this and resolve the trauma.
I am an experienced BACP accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor and Supervisor with 10 years experience within Private Practice, the NHS and the charity sector. I am also a registered practitioner for Bupa and Aviva. As an Integrative Relational practitioner I can choose from a range of psychological theories allowing us to tailor the best approach for you. I feel that the relationship we create together is absolutely integral to the success of the work so offer a reduced rate initial session so you can get a sense of whether I might be the right person for you.
I know that seeking support can feel very daunting, so I take care at the initial session to explain the counselling process, explore your expectations and needs and ensure that you really feel I am the right person to help you. After this we can commit to a further 6-12 sessions if you have a specific issue you want to work on or longer open ended work if appropriate.
I believe trust is central in building a successful therapeutic relationship trust so I provide a warm, empathic, non- judgemental space where we can explore, in complete confidentiality, whatever has led you to counselling.
My private practice is based in North Kingston (about 10 mins walk from the station). It is easily accessible by train and bus and there is free parking on the road. I can offer weekly daytime and evening (last 8pm) as well occasional weekend slots.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered and Accredited Member of BACP
BA Hons Integrative Relational Counselling
AQA Intermediate Counselling Skills.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Gestalt Certificate in Working with Children and Adolescents
Diploma in Integrative Relational Supervision
Certificate in Somatic Trauma Training with Babette Rothschild
I have been running a busy Private Practise in Kingston since Nov 2013
I have worked previously in General Practice in Kingston from and a charitable low cost counselling service in Epsom.( Sep 2009- Jul 2013)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer week-day sessions from 8:00 and my last session is 19:00
The sessions are 50 minute and fee is £60
I offer a reduced rate initial session - allowing you to explore whether counselling feels right to you and whether we are the right people to work together.
I also offer a limited number of reduced fee places for students and those on lower incomes please ask about availiability.
24 hours notice is required when cancelling a session and if not the full fee of £60 will be charged.
Fees will be reviewed on an annual basis
Additionally I am happy to work online or by telephone
Duration of Counselling
I work on either a short term (6-12 weeks) and/or long term (open ended) basis depending upon your needs. We would discuss this at our initial session. This can be flexible and reviewed throughout our work.
Code of Ethics
As an Accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
BUPA & AVIVA