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About me

Who I am

I am a qualified counsellor and therapist working with adults on a one-to-one basis in Eltham, SE9. 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


Additional training:

Autism Awareness Training
Acquired Brain Injury Training
Disability Awareness
An Introduction to Psychosexual Issues
Preparing to Support Learning

Member organisations

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

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

My fee is £50 per session.

Initial sessions are charged at the same rate.

When I work

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My practice is open from 1pm until 8pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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