I am an integrative psychotherapist; working with Humanistic (person centred) and Psychodynamic approaches; trained in Transactional Analysis (TA) models of counselling, Compassion focused therapies, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is a clinically 'proven' technique, which blends compassion focused therapies to support individuals with personality disorders, and those who are prone to hyper-sensitivity, and problems with emotion regulation
It also works very well for depressive disorders (GAD) & PTSD; addictions, eating disorders; OCD, bipolar, ADD & ADHD, autism (ASD) and other mental health problems.
Fundamentally i am person centred, and relational, and extend empathy, warmth, and safety in an emotionally healing framework of care, and support
I am also an addictions therapist, with over ten years experience of working in addiction treatment within the NHS' substance recovery service of the uk's largest prison; various charities, treatment centres, detox units, and private treatment centres, including The Priory; all of which adds to my vast knowledge of various treatment modalities, and presentations with addicted populations
My other areas of specialism include: Attachment disorders, unresolved trauma, Adverse childhood experiences & Inner Child Healing; Co-dependency, Relationship & sex issues; Narcissistic abuse; identity, toxic Guilt & Shame, and overcoming Low self esteem & Perfectionism
I offer a safe, warm, confidential space for individuals to reflect and explore, whilst providing emotional support, insight, and a non-judgemental reflective stance.
I use DBT, amongst other modalities to teach patients specific tools, and skills to help manage triggers, and cope with distressing, or overwhelming feelings more effectively; helping patients overall, to develop more resilience, and a deeper sense of self worth and confidence. This often empowering process enables individuals to realise their fullest potential in every aspect of their lives, opposed to limiting life experiences through, often, avoidant, or self destructing behaviours, and begin to "live a life worth living"
I offer short term sessions, with specific, solution focused goals; or long term, open ended sessions, that provide the basis for a more relational, psychoanalytical approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist and registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
I am bound by, and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice
I am a registered member of the Federation of Drug & alcohol practitioners (FDAP) and a registered member of the addiction professionals association (AP)
As well having a successful private practise, i also have an in house role as an addictions therapist at the Priory; facilitating group therapy sessions, and psychosocial group work interventions with a diverse population
My experience lies mostly in working with adults, and young people, in many areas of emotional well-being and mental health, and covers a wide range of client presentations and histories.
I am experienced, and comfortable working with clients from varied sexualities, cultures, spirituality, age, abilities, illness and backgrounds, and take a special interest in difference and diversity.
I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, and a Diploma in Dialectical behavioural therapy, and trained at the College of counsellors and psychotherapists in Angel, and Kingston universities.
Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
Level 5 Diploma health & social care
Telephone Counselling skills Training
Training in Adverse childhood experiences (ACE)
Diploma in Mindfulness skills
Training in Attachment & Trauma
Certificate in Motivational interviewing
Training in Group Facilitation in forensic settings
Certificate in Families & Addiction
Training & Certificate in Complex needs
Training in working with ADHD, ADD, Autism, and Bipolar
Training in Trauma informed care
Training in Anger management
Training in Substance misuse
Certificate in Inner child healing (Nurturing Your Inner Child)
In depth 12 step model knowledge, & experience
LGBT & GSRD Training
Training in Safeguarding vulnerable adults
My current CPD Training is in EMDR technique
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I invest in continuous professional development to keep up to date with new research, and thinking, and extend my learning accordingly.
I am currently training to be an EMDR Practitioner, whilst doing an online course in autism
I maintain regular clinical supervision to ensure consistently effective and ethical practise
£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I am happy to consider concessional rates for lower income referrals: students , unemployed etc; although this is contingent on available space
I employ a waiting list system when at full capacity
I work flexible hours; weekends, evenings and daytimes'
I work online extensively, but also have therapy rooms in Queens Park, where i have slots for face to face sessions.
Evidence Based Outcomes
Online therapy has been shown to produce the same positive outcomes as face-to-face therapy
Overall, patients receiving online therapy are very satisfied with their experiences, with many saying that the service is easy to use and means they don’t have to travel to appointments
*Source: World Journal of Psychology