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MA, PGDipPsych, UKCP, BPC, South East London and London W1

About me

I am an accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist, providing in-depth, one-to-one therapy to adults, struggling with a range of emotional difficulties, including; depression and anxiety; bereavement and loss; guilt, shame and anger; feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem; family conflicts; difficulties forming or maintaining relationships; loneliness and feelings of isolation; work problems; sexual problems; issues around death and dying. 

We all experience times when we feel stuck. Perhaps you have become distant from your feelings, or in the grip of strong emotions you can’t control. Perhaps you find yourself repeating patterns of behaviour or ways of relating which might be damaging to yourself and others. Or you may feel empty, or purposeless as if your life has no meaning.

I offer you a private and confidential setting in which we can work together to uncover and explore the unknown parts of yourself which may be contributing to your present distress.

Over time and through the relationship between us I hope you will discover new ways of approaching life, less compromised by the old habits that are making you suffer. For example, you might find that you are able to express feelings you’d long buried, or to see your family in a new way, or to express your anger directly for the first time.

The psychotherapeutic process is distinctive and people can sometimes find it unsettling at first. Each week, for 50 minutes, you can talk about whatever comes to mind - feelings, thoughts, memories, dreams, books, films – or you can stay silent. I usually say very little, but will attend as closely as I can to the less conscious aspects of what you bring that may be informing your difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced therapist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Counselling. I trained at WPF Therapy, one of the foremost psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training institutions in the country. I have been accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and Roehampton University. My experience is with adults and older adults, especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, and difficulties managing or experiencing feelings.

Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked and volunteered in the arts and charity sectors. My interest in psychotherapy grew out of a previous role which focused on making mental health support more widely available to young people. I’ve long been interested in how all forms of creativity can inform the therapeutic process and how therapy can help to unlock creativity.

I have had many years of therapy myself. The experience has helped me to understand what this kind of therapy is like and to work empathically with my clients.

I am committed to continuing professional development and regularly attend top-up training.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Psychoanalytic Council

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Age-related issues
  • Complex issues relating to death and dying
  • Guilt and shame


From £60.00 to £90.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £90 for the initial consultation which takes up to 90 minutes.

My face-to-face sessions cost £80 (Cavendish Square) and £70 (Anerley). Online or telephone sessions are £60/session.

When I work

I have some day time slots from 10 am Monday - Thursday and some evening slots from 5pm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Further information

You may be feeling unsure about getting help and uncertain about what to expect. If you feel you might look to work with me, I offer a 15 minute, free phone consultation to give you the chance to find out more. Before beginning therapy, we will meet for an initial 90-minute consultation, to talk about the things that have led you to seek help and to help you consider whether the psychotherapeutic approach is right for you.

There is no commitment to ongoing work at this stage. But if you do decide to continue, we would agree on the days and times to meet on an ongoing basis.

17 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PH

Anerley Town Hall, Anerley Road, London, Greater London, SE20 8BD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

My therapy rooms are accessible by public transport (a few minutes walk from Oxford Street, or Bond Street stations and a few minutes walk from Anerley overground and mainline station).