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MBACP Humanistic Integrative Counsellor

About me

About me

As an Integrative therapist, I am trained in a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Person-Centred counselling in order to personalise the therapy according to individual needs.

Aside from private practice, I am also a Practitioner of 16+ years delivering Therapeutic programmes to men who have perpetrated violence and abuse against their intimate partners or loved ones.

Clients I work with

Trainee therapists; Adults; Children; Groups; Older adults; Organisations; Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work; Short-term face-to-face work; Time-limited.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor with Advanced Diploma practitioner training in Humanistic Integrative Therapy. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have over 16+ years experience as a practitioner and trainer; including working for the Ministry Of Justice where I delivered therapeutic groups for both men and women who have entered the Criminal Justice System. Most have been survivors of trauma.

In practice, I have worked with clients who have experienced: childhood traumas; addiction; anger management; mental health; anxiety and stress; bereavement, separation and loss; survivors guilt; racial, self-esteem and identity issues; depression; sexuality; teenage pregnancy and parenting; diversity, cultural and migration related issues; disability; relationship difficulties; and self-injury.

​I am an experienced Safeguarding trainer for practitioners working with children, young people and adults with care and and support needs. I have a current enhanced DBS.

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

Individual counselling I charge £65 for the initial session and any further sessions. thereafter. I also have a limited number of lower-cost places, reserved for students and clients eligible for employment support benefits. I also offer lower cost sessions to trainee therapists.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer sessions during the day; evening and weekends. 

Further information

I have my own private practice in Purley Oaks and continue to work with the Cassandra Centre which is part of the local community within the borough of Croydon.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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