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[MBACP]

About me

In the modern world, many of us struggle to find meaning and, for issues of my very own, I sought counselling.  In sessions, my therapist challenged me and reassured me that IT WAS OKAY NOT TO FEEL OKAY.   This period of time left me inspired - inspired to change not just my life, but to also help others so they can also do the same. I have experienced the power of counselling first-hand.

Taking a step back and having a look at your own life is NOT indulgent.   If it is, then why is it?  Why is it indulgent to step back, reflect and to want 'more'?  It is through self-exploration that we gets closer to WHO we really are.  It is only when we can be who we truly are that happiness prevails. I have seen it many times.

During our time together, it is my job to pick up on what is missing, to challenge you and to help you get to where you wish to be. If you are hesitant to reach out, be assured that counselling is an incredibly powerful approach in an ever changing world.  Ask yourself this question: "What is stopping me?"

I offer counselling to individuals only.  At the current time, counselling is being delivered in three different ways:

  1. Online via ZOOM or Google Meets.
  2. Walk & Talk Therapy during which we explore your issues in an outdoor space - some clients find it useful to talk when we are in / around nature.  This option is only available in the Richmond / Twickenham area (postcodes TW1 and TW9).
  3. Text-based therapy for those who find it difficult to talk - this is a particularly useful service for: those suffering from abuse and/or domestic violence who may not be able to talk freely; those who have a medical condition that prevents them from speaking; or those who struggle with a range of hearing conditions.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training began with a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy before embarking on a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.  I am a Member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP) and am currently working towards accreditation with the BACP.

As part of my practice, I believe in continuous professional development (CPD).  This helps me to support others in their own personal development across a wide range of contexts.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £55.00 to £70.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

My fees vary, depending on your circumstances and subject to my own availability.  As a general rule, fees start from £55 per 50 minute session.

Further information

You can message me on this website, or via my own website, and I will arrange for a brief call to go through the issues currently impacting your life.  During this call, I form an idea of how I can help and will give you an insight into the way I work.

Once we have established a way of working together, sessions will take place at the same time each week, with each session usually lasting 50 minutes.  On occasion, however, you may wish to book a double sesson to explore specific issues in more depth.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults