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(Reg MBACP) – Counselling for Anxiety, Depression & Grief

About me

Need help with anxiety & stress, feeling sad & depression, loss & bereavement?

If you're experiencing any of the following emotions or ways of thinking, counselling can help you see your current situation from a fresh, clearer perspective. Feelings like "I worry all the time – it’s exhausting", "I'm so sad and lonely", "I'm constantly angry – and I don’t know why", or such thoughts as "I want to hide away from the world", "I can't find a way out of my grief", "I hate myself", "Why do my relationships never work out?" or "I just don't feel like myself anymore".

Instinctively we all know talking helps, but when life’s challenges and difficulties overwhelm us, it may be hard to let those we're close to know how we truly feel. This may leave us anxious, feeling alone and unsure of ourselves, and we may need the clarity of someone trained to support us to move forward.

What you can expect:

I am a qualified, experienced and empathic counsellor and psychotherapist based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. At the heart of what I do is help you to change the relationship you have with yourself. I provide an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality, allowing time and space to understand what’s going on for you.

I work on a individual, one-to-one basis with adults aged 21+ and specialise in helping people with:

  • Understanding anxiety & stress
  • Managing low mood & depression
  • Living with and accepting loss & bereavement
  • Developing self-esteem & confidence
  • Navigating health/Covid anxiety and integrating ways to live your new post-pandemic normal'
  • Healing from the effects of traumatic or abusive experiences and relationships
  • Forming healthier ways to relate to friends, family and partners
  • Finding a way through difficult life transitions, self-sabotage, or feeling stuck.

My approach to counselling is psychodynamic. This means that, as we look at your current problems, we will also begin to identify and explore how your past experience may have affected your life today in ways that may not be immediately apparent. At times, this may bring up difficult, painful and confusing emotions which I will support you through. 

It is important to me to be honest about what I do and don’t offer you as your therapist, so that you can make an informed decision about whether working with me is going to be right for you. I don’t offer specific solutions to your problems or tell you what needs to be fixed. Instead, we work together to help you identify your own difficulties and find your own answers. Focussing on what you want to get out of counselling is central to the process.

I offer:

Brief therapy (usually 6-12 sessions) – this is aimed at working with an exclusive focus on one specific issue or on an important decision.
Short-term therapy (around 20-30 sessions) – most suited to working through difficult life transitions, such as a bereavement or divorce, improving decision-making or gaining better ways of coping with emotions that overwhelm you.
Long-term therapy (ongoing) – by working at your own pace, for as long you need, we can address more complex, deep-seated issues or develop personal growth.

First meeting: I believe the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client is key for therapy to be effective. I suggest a free 30-minute introductory appointment so you can gain a sense of whether I would be the best match for you.

This is an opportunity for you to ask me questions about what you can expect from me and the counselling process. Should you decide to continue on, we can usually get started right away.

Ongoing sessions are usually weekly, last 50 minutes and cost £50. I work Mondays to Thursdays between 9am-7pm and Fridays 9am-12pm.

To get started, call or message me with a brief outline of why you are seeking counselling and which days/times you could come. I will then get in touch with a time for your introductory appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have completed extensive training accredited by the BACP and have the following qualifications:

  • Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Foundation course in Compassionate Inquiry

I have practised for six years. I currently work privately and for the NHS-funded IAPT short-term counselling services and in a GP practice. I am also a former Samaritans volunteer and have previously held placements at two charitable counselling agencies. 

While my core theoretical background is psychodynamic, I have  undertaken training in Dr Gabor Mate's approach to trauma called Compassionate Inquiry, which I may integrate into my work with you.

I am a registered member of my professional body, the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and adhere to its code of ethics. My work is clinically supervised, I hold enhanced DBS clearance and am committed to ongoing training and personal development.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer a free 30-minute introductory meeting. Ongoing sessions cost £50 (some concessionary rates available).

When I work

My working hours are Mondays to Thursdays 9am-7pm, Fridays 9-12pm. Please contact me for my current availability. 

Further information

Online, Phone and In Person Appointments
I offer face-to-face, online (Zoom) and phone counselling. We can talk through your preference at your initial introduction.

Relationship Therapy
Currently I am unable to offer couples or family counselling. I work on an individual, one-to-one basis so we can explore your attachment style with the aim of developing more satisfying bonds with partners, children, siblings, parents, siblings or at work.

Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom