About me and my therapy practice:
I offer an initial assessment where you can meet me & talk about your concerns & reasons for seeking counselling and to see how you get on with me. If you feel comfortable then I offer an initial contract of 6 weeks after which we can review how things are going. I am a qualified social worker, teacher & lecturer in addition to being a counsellor/psychotherapist. I have worked as medical social worker & I have a particular interest in health related issues. I have also worked in education for many years & as a counsellor in the NHS. I have a passionate interest in supporting people to maximise their potential in life - through education, social support, counselling support & indivdual endeavour. My practice is well supported with transport links. High Barnet is on the Northern line & there are several bus routes & parking nearby. I offer concessions to counselling/psychotherapy trainees & those on a low income. I am happy to have an initial discussion over the phone & to answer any questions that you may have prior to meeting if you wish as I am aware that finding the right counsellor with whom you feel comfortable is very important.
I can help with many issues including:
Abuse, Adoption Issues, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Career Coaching, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Developmental & life Coaching, Disability, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Infertility, Loss, Mental health issues, Personal Development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self Esteem/self confidence, Self Harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Womens Issues, Work related issues
Ways of Working/Types of therapy:
I am trained as an Integrative psychotherapist. As appropriate I draw on a range of modalities including Humanistic, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Existential and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Clients I work with:
Adults; Young People; Older People: Employee Assistance Programmes; Groups, Organisations.
How I deliver therapy:
I work face to face offering long and short-term or time-limited counselling as appropriate. There is scope for online counselling. I am available to attend organisations to offer group counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy; Certificate in Counselling Skills & Attitudes; MA Post Compulsory Education and Training; Certificate in Education; Certificate of Qualification in Social Work; HND in Social Work; City & Guilds Training & Assessor & Internal Verifier Awards; Achievement of Open University Modules in Mental Health & Distress; Challenging Ideas in Mental Health and Improving Health and Wellbeing. I have undertaken extensive continuing professional development.
I have experience of counselling in a variety of contexts including NHS medical settings in hospitals and GP based practices; providing pastoral support in educational settings & in counselling/psychotherapy private practice.
I have also undertaken support work with older people in a drop-in centre and I have worked as a local authority generic social worker.
I have extensive teaching/lecturing experience and I currently tutor on a counselling skills Diploma and on a counselling degree as well as on a range of other health and wellbeing courses.
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 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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Illness; existential issues - searching for meaning in life; educational issues; health and well-being; developmental/life coaching.
£50 for a 50 minute session.
I offer reduced fees for counselling/psychotherapy trainees and those on a low income.
Concessions offered for
I aim to offer a warm and welcoming practice in which you can begin to explore issues in a safe environment and work towards your goals for counselling engagement.