The Service I Offer:
When we have difficulties we may find we need to talk things through with someone other than family or friends. Having cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling can help by supporting you through difficult times, or help you to make changes – It can give you a space to explore doubts and uncertainties, or to explore options and choices in a supportive environment.
- I can work short-term, offering solution focused therapy, which aims to work with you to help you think about troubling situations and circumstances in a problem-solving, task-orientated way.
- For short to medium term work I offer CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) which can help you find new ways of thinking about different situations. CBT is a practical talking therapy providing you with tools and techniques to tackle difficult situations. I enhance traditional CBT with mindfulness based CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and compassion focused therapy.
- I can also offer longer-term psychotherapeutic counselling.
I work with individuals (aged 18 years and over) offering weekly or fortnightly sessions each lasting 50 minutes.
Areas of difficulties I deal with: Anxiety• Bullying• Occupational Burnout• Cancer• Parenting related issues• Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME• Depression• Disabilities• Emotional abuse• Generalised anxiety disorder• Health anxiety• Infertility• Low self-confidence• Low self-esteem• Long-term medical conditions•Miscarriage• Obsessive compulsive disorder• Panic disorder• Phobias• Post-traumatic stress disorder• Postnatal depression• Pregnancy and birth• Seasonal affective disorder• Spirituality• Stress• Trauma• Work related stress• Social anxiety•
Training, qualifications & experience
I always had an interest in mental health issues whilst working as a State Registered Nurse in the NHS for 9 years.
I then qualified as a Health Visitor taking an interest in mother’s mental health issues for nearly 20 years.
Whilst still working as a Health Visitor I studied and qualified as an Integrative Counsellor gaining a Diploma in Integrative Counselling in 2002. To gain and maintain my skills I worked part time as a volunteer counsellor at Mind in Croydon (a well respected mental health charity) for nearly 5 years.
I gave up being employed as a Health Visitor to study for my Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies (CBT) which I obtained in 2011. Throughout the training, and subsequently, I have been employed in either the NHS or a mental health charity IAPT services. This stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.
I regularly update and refresh my knowledge and skills in Psychological Therapies every year as required by the BABCP to maintain my Full Accreditation.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Health Anxiety (formerly known as Hypochondriasis), Social Anxiety (formerly known as Social Phobia).
£75.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I can offer a free brief telephone consultation of up to 10 minutes if you are wanting information before booking for an assessment appointment.
My charges are £75 for weekdays and £80 for Saturdays. However, fees are negotiable.
Health Insurance fees are always higher due to the report writing requirements of treatment. I will need to be provided with the name of your health insurer before you book your assessment appointment so I have time register with your insurer.
Initial assessment sessions will always require the full fee of £75.
I can offer face to face therapy for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or can prove their exemption. Face to face therapy is in a ventilated room for our safety.
I can also offer online sessions via Skype.
I cannot offer longer term counselling on Saturdays.
Please try to give at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule a session.
Regrettably, if you give less than 24 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling, you will be charged for the lost session at my discretion.
There is no waiting room so people are asked to arrive at their appointment time. There are 3 external steps down to my office.
If you are unsure about booking an initial assessment session please call or text me and then we can have a brief chat about whether therapy can help you and your difficulties.
Therapy room access: There are 3 steps down to the ground floor therapy room entrance. Then there is one step over a threshold.
My practice is in the East Surrey area and is very close to Westerham in West Kent.