About me

I am based in Watford, and am working online using Zoom and/or Skype. (I will return to seeing clients in person when the infection rates have come down significantly.)

Loss, ageing, illness, and change are common. Sometimes they can lead to challenging times in people’s lives and relationships but if you can do some inner work, then these stressful times can also be an opportunity for growth and transformation. 

Therapy is for anyone at any time in their life. It can be the space that you need to learn how to grow, develop and transform. 

I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work with individuals in the area of mental and spiritual wellbeing for over 15 years. I have worked with those suffering from loss and bereavement, depression, low self-esteem, and early childhood trauma and have accompanied them through a life changing process. 

Understanding that each client has their own unique set of conditions and circumstances, my style is to tailor the therapy session so that, you are supported.  Together I hope to assist you on your journey of investigation, exploration, and transformation in a way that soothes and heals.

The space I offer is confidential, secure, safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate so that we can explore and understand your difficulties and concerns. My presence and facilitation is there to help you flourish in your life.

I am warm, sincere, and interested in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship which is the foundation of therapy itself. I have extensive training and experience in Buddhist psychology and draw on many different models and theories found in the psychological world.  As trust grows between my clients and myself, the therapeutic process deepens and develops.

I feel that Buddhism offers a holistic approach and can offer a spiritual dimension to therapy that is loving and accepting of our human frailties and vulnerabilities.

My sessions are usually once a week with the session lasting 50 minutes. However, depending on your needs I am flexible and we can discuss different lengths or frequency.

If you would like the space and time to explore thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe and non-judgemental space then please contact me. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I studied and trained in Buddhist psychology with the Amida Trust (which became the Tariki Trust in 2013) and completed the equivalent of the Counselling Diploma under the tutelage of David and Caroline Brazier in 2011. I've spent the last 15 years working in the field of mental and spiritual health. I tutored on the distance learning programme in Zen Therapy run by the International Zen Therapy Institute for several years and then started supervising groups and individuals from a Buddhist perspective in 2020.

I have also worked as a chaplain for the NHS in the psychiatric hospitals around Leicester for several years while seeing clients through a service that I started called the Zen Therapy Service back in 2010.

I am also a Buddhist priest and the Head of a western Pure Land Buddhist Order and from time to time I give workshops or lectures in Buddhist Psychology.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Fees

Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free initial consultation which lasts 30minutes. 

Fees are £60/session with the session lasting 50 minutes.

If you can't afford this rate then please let me know as I have limited number of low rate sessions and I would be happy to talk to you about negotiating a rate that is affordable and manageable. 

Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Buddhist psychology has a comprehensive and detailed understanding and analysis of how the mind work based on principles of wisdom and compassion.

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