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MNCS Accredited, BA.Hons, Dip. Couns, Dip.NNEB

About me

I follow a holistic approach, and have gained comprehensive experience through working with people of different backgrounds.

I am a MNCS Registered Accredited Counsellor working in North London. I have extensive expertise in helping clients to address their problems effectively, including anxiety and depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, shame, bereavement and LGBT-related issues. Whatever personal concerns you face, I will assist you in a safe and confidential environment.

I currently work as a Project Manager for a Child Therapist Charity. l also work as an Clinical Affiliate for a leading Healthcare Affiliate Company. Over the years, my  experiences include working as a counsellor for a children's charity, adolescent counsellor,  counselling lecturer as well as a bereavement counsellor. I have significant experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds.

My practice philosophy is mainly person-centred. I believe this to be highly effective as it enables clients to develop and exercise their own independence and decision-making. Depending on circumstances, I will integrate person-centred therapy with behavioural therapy, and with solution focused therapy where appropriate.

"How counselling can help"

At your first appointment I will encourage you to talk about your feelings and emotions. I will listen and support you without judging or criticising. As your counsellor I will help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, enabling you to find your own solutions to the problems or issues you are facing.

"What to expect in your first session"

My aim is to make you feel comfortable and safe from the outset.

Assessment

We will start by looking at the background to the troubles you are experiencing. I will ask you to complete a form, which will give us a picture of how you are feeling and help me understand how I can best support you: ‘tell me your story’. I want you to feel you have the opportunity to tell me about the issues that are concerning you.

Practical Details and Confidentiality

We will discuss the number and frequency of sessions you may need and how any fees will be paid. As your counsellor I will explain how I will protect your confidentiality and privacy. Together we will go through the terms and agreement of our counselling contract.

Trust and Rapport

During the first session, or at any time during your therapy, you can ask me anything you want to know about my qualifications and experience and also clarify anything that you may not understand. To get the best out of the process it is important that you have confidence in me.

I strive to provide the highest standards of support to all my clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, qualifications and experiences.

I work in private practice in North London - Seven Sisters.

I am a qualified counsellor, I currently work as a Clinical Affiliate for a very well known Healthcare Service I also work part time for a Children's Therapist Charity as a Project Manager.

I am a Accrediated Registered Member of the MCNS, I trained in person-centred and solution-focused therapy, I work with people across a wide range of experiences and backgrounds sharing a purposeful quest for insight and understanding.

  • BA (Hons) Sociology with Race and Culture June 2001
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Sept 2016
    ( CPCAB & QCF certificate)
  • Solution Focused Therapy 2017
  • Mental health First Aider 2019
  • Psychology of Anxiety and Stress Course 2019
  • Working with Couples 2021
  • Level 3 in Life Coaching 2021-2022
  • Working with Men Shame and Rage 2022
  • Couple Counselling Shame and Rage 2022

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a experienced counsellor based in South Tottenham and Seven Sisters, I specialise in bereavement and grief, trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, anger, loss, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sadness, loneliness and sports related stress.

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • BUPA

Additional information

There is an initial consultation fee of £30 for 30 mins.

I offer concessions to Key workers, Student/Trainee Counsellors & Low income workers.

Face to face fee: £65.00 per 50 minutes session.

Couples fee £80 per 60 minutes session.

Individual Skype, Zoom and phone fee: £60.00

Walk and Talk sessions fee: £65.00

I offer brief counselling or Single Session Counselling (SSC) fee: £60.00

I have some evening appointments available.

Late cancelled fee £30.00

Supervision to Trainee Counsellors for 1.5 hours for £65.00 (monthly)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Available Monday to Friday.

Further information

Public transport links provide good access from North, Central and East London. I am located three minutes walk from Seven Sisters tube & rail (Victoria Line - exit 3) and South Tottenham (Overground).

Buses 76, 149, 243, 476, all stop at the end of the street. Bus 41, 259 & 279, stops are five minutes walk.

My practice room is located in a very quiet space.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Zoom, Telephone or Skype.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom