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MBACP

About me

Welcome! I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist with almost 10 years' experience of working in mental health. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I am currently in the final stages of completing my doctoral training as a counselling psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Practice description
My therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing on various psychological models in accordance with your unique needs and goals. I aim to create a space that is safe, respectful, authentic, and collaborative. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is core to the therapeutic process, and I believe it is crucial we can work together towards empowering you to make the changes you are looking for.

I have been trained to apply various psychotherapeutic models in therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-centred Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive-Analytic Therapy (CAT).

I currently work as an online therapist and offer sessions via Zoom. I offer evening appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.   

Starting therapy

Deciding to start therapy can feel challenging. For some, it is a big decision and commitment to make. For this reason, I offer a free initial 20 minute phone conversation to answer any questions you have and to help you make an informed decision around starting therapy. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I currently work part-time within an NHS specialist service.

My clinical experience to date includes working with adults, families, children, and adolescents both within public health services (NHS) and in mental health charity organisations. Within the NHS, I have worked in a range of services within primary and secondary specialist care services. I have worked with people experiencing a range of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, phobias, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and complex trauma. 

I have also had several years’ experience working as a service manager in residential and supported living services for a UK charity organisation. We supported young people and adults with complex mental health difficulties including those diagnosed with personality disorder and psychosis, and we supported individuals with a forensic history, and those with a history of complex trauma. The main aim was to support our service users to work towards their personalised goals and life aspirations through group therapy and one-to-one work.

Training

Prior to starting my doctoral training I completed a Bachelor of Science with honours in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling for Adults. I am currently in the process of completing a postgraduate qualification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder at University College London (UCL).

I am also a qualified yoga teacher, and I am interested in the link between mind and body and supporting people to think about their emotional wellbeing holistically. 

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Unemployed

Additional information

£80 each session.

Free initial 20-minute telephone session.

When I work

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Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
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