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About me

I am a professional counsellor working with men and women struggling with issues related to modern day life.  Although I run a general practice open to a wide variety of concerns that bring people to counselling, I have additional experience in the following areas:

  • Depression/low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Body image, food, exercise distress
  • Eating Disorder recovery
  • Sense of direction, meaning or purpose
  • Relationship/dating issues
  • Compulsive behaviours & addictive processes
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Difficulties related to early adulthood

It often goes unacknowledged that modern day living and loving is challenging and complex.  There are times when we find ourselves in situations or experiencing thoughts, feelings or behaviours that we don't understand or know how to deal with.

I can provide sensitive and compassionate counselling to help you navigate your way through these difficult times, to overcome personal roadblocks, and deal with the daily struggles of life.

Through working together, I will assist you in finding a way to connect with the meaning that may be found through your experiences and the potential that is innate within you, to help bring you closer to the growth and positive change necessary to maintain a fulfilling life.

I see clients in Crouch End on Thursdays and Fridays although the majority of sessions are currently being conducted online due to social distancing guidelines.

Training, qualifications & experience

Alongside my current counselling practice, I provide peer support within the NHS for patients receiving treatment for an eating disorder. In this role I facilitate  groups as well as giving individual support. I also have experience within alternative eating disorder and addiction treatment settings. I have additionally worked as a yoga teacher, including teaching recovering addicts in a prison, and therefore value the development of a compassionate mind-body connection.  I am an approved therapist with Anxiety UK

I have completed the following qualifications:

  • Post-Graduate Diploma Psychosynthesis Counselling (2019)
  • Advanced Diploma Integrative Arts Therapy (2012)
  • BSc Psychology (2007)
  • Certificate in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (2019)

Reflecting my training, qualifications and experience, I work in a way that is transpersonal and integrative. This means that I will draw from different psychological approaches in order to help you explore in depth the issues that you bring, whilst encouraging you to consider that there is more to you than these issues.  This often involves looking at your past and present experiences in addition to future aspirations.  I will incorporate exploration of life meaning, purpose, and spiritual growth, where appropriate, viewing whatever difficulties you are experiencing as a manifestation of this.

Member organisations


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


Additional information

£65 for a 50 minute session

Park Road, Crouch End, London, N8 8JN

Type of session

In person

Types of client