Who I am
I am a qualified psychotherapist working with adults on a one-to-one basis in Welling, Bexley. I have a great deal of experience working successfully with a mix of clientele presenting many different issues.
I have successfully worked with anxiety; depression; bereavement and loss; issues relating to sex and shame; psychological, physical and emotional abuse; and have supported my clients through huge life changes.
My journey to get here
My interest in psychology and philosophy began when I was quite young. I wanted to understand myself and my life as much as possible. There were episodes of emotional turmoil and mental health issues in my family, and these experiences drove me to further my understandings of " the human condition".
I studied psychology at the Open University and wondered how I could use my knowledge and experience to support people who wanted to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing. To that end I chose to train as an integrative counsellor; that being a counsellor who seeks to integrate many theories of the human mind, brain and being into a single theory (a theory of theories) concerning the reasons behind emotional and psychological distress and the possibilities and methods for easing that distress.
Some reasons to consider counselling
We are often reminded that good emotional and mental health is, now more than ever, recognised as being as important as good physical health. I am pleased to say that the stigma associated with emotional and mental health has lessened quite dramatically over the last decade or so. It is now accepted that seeking help from a qualified professional such as a counsellor or psychotherapist is one of the best ways of addressing these issues. We hear in the media about celebrities and others in the public eye who have opened up about their emotional and psychological problems, and how they have sought and received expert help from trained professionals.
Contemporary life presents us with a unique set of problems, for example issues resulting from the intensity of social media engagement or simply the speed and pressures put upon us by the current immediacy of life. There is now increased pressure upon younger adults who often can see no hope for their future, and for the older generation there is the problem of either suffering from, or caring for somebody who is suffering from, conditions such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
Some of the options
We often hear about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and this can help many clients to work with the issues that they are facing. Many workplace schemes and health insurers will refer members to a CBT practitioner and this can be very successful.
When we look for self funded psychotherapy we will have access to much broader options and the chance to really work on our own personal growth and development. We will be able to find a therapist who, if we wish, can support us as we journey into self exploration. In private counselling we have the opportunity to work at a deeper level; maybe to explore the path we have taken to get to where we are now, maybe to explore the possibilities of the future. Sessions can be ongoing for a longer period than employer funded schemes and insurance funded therapy, and sometimes it is more beneficial to work for this longer period.
Your next move
Call, email or text to arrange an initial session within which we can discuss what you would like to get out of counselling. If you are happy to continue we can then arrange regular sessions at the same time and place each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling BACP Accredited Course Programme Gold Book Standard
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate of Higher Education (Open)
- Certificate in Creative Therapy
Autism Awareness Training
Acquired Brain Injury Training
An Introduction to Psychosexual Issues
Preparing to Support Learning
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £40 per session including initial assessment.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People – If you have received communication informing you that you are defined on medical grounds as falling into this group and we become subject to local restrictions which require you to return to shielding, I will offer the choice to move our sessions onto an online platform such as Skype or Whatsapp, or to pause our sessions until such restrictions are lifted.
Clinically Vulnerable People – If you have not received communication from the NHS informing you that you fall into the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Group and yet are over 70 years of age, have liver disease, diabetes, are a pregnant woman, or have any known underlying condition which may put you at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and we become subject to local restrictions as above, I will offer you the choice to move our sessions onto an online platform such as Skype or Whatsapp, to pause our sessions until such restrictions are lifted, or to continue as normal.
I have now put into place measures designed to limit the risk of contracting COVID-19 for both you and I and by extension our respective households. The measures achieve this by significantly reducing the possibility of the counselling premises becoming a “hub” of virus transmission.
Partitioning of the counselling room - This is in order to separate us whilst still maintaining, as much as possible, the experience of being face-to-face and in the same room. This is achieved through the inclusion of a floor to ceiling perspex screen.
Social distancing and sanitization procedures – Which will be observed upon arrival and departure.
Thorough cleaning of the therapy room – This will be undertaken between sessions using a 1000 ppm available chlorine solution. I have simplified the furniture and set up of the room in order to facilitate this, along with a restructuring of my diary in order to ensure that I have adequate time between clients. Due to this I am only able to offer a very limited number of in-person face-to-face session each week.
Measures to work with vulnerable groups – I have put in place measures to work with groups defined by government guidelines as particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.