I believe that we all have the potential to take charge of our lives when everything is out of our control and that the therapeutic relationship can work to harness that power. Celebrating the best parts of ourselves can help us to grow or change the parts we are less confident about.
I am a warm, compassionate and empathetic humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor. I work with individuals and couples and provide a safe and confidential space to talk through whatever brings you to this point in your life. Therapy takes the form of a conversation between the two/three of us where I work to support you on your exploration to find a more satisfying way of being.
Therapy can help us at many times in our lives. We may start when we are struggling with life and feel stuck in patterns of behaviour that no longer work for us. You may want to bring any unresolved issues, current difficulties or hopes for the future.
Working as a humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor means that I see you as an individual: someone who is made up of a body, emotions, thoughts, sensations and perceptions with your own unique experience of life, one that only you know.
There is no set number of sessions and therapy can be brief (6-8 sessions) or long-term. I offer face-to-face, online and phone sessions.
Before training to be a Psychotherapist, I spent 23 years working as an actor in film, television, theatre and radio. This career of observing the human condition fuelled my interest in people and how the mind works, why we do the things we do and how our interior world manifests itself in our behaviour and the space we take in the world around us.
I am passionate about relationship and communication and enjoy working with couples at any stage of their relationship. I am clear that all relationships need cherishing (even from the beginning) and that learning how to do so can reap rewards.
As both a parent and a step-parent, I feel attuned to the joys and challenges that can arise within family life and have an understanding of the support that is needed to be the best of ourselves within that context. Through my professional experience, I have a experience of the uncertainty and joy that comes with freelance creative careers and how that can affect our self-esteem and world-view.
My work with couples is predominantly influenced by Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy. It is a therapeutic approach which aims to help partners resolve conflicts, develop personal accountability, improve communication, and foster intimacy within their relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the BACP and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework
I trained at Spectrum Training, the largest humanistic centre for therapy in the country. I am committed to continued professional development and regularly attend courses to further my knowledge and experience.
My in-depth training has included the following courses:
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy
- Spectrum Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy
- Basic Sexuality
- Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurrence and Prevention
- Working with Anger
- Developing Clinical Skills
- Brief Therapy
- Fathers and Daughters
- Working with Couples Training
I have continued my training in the following fields
- The Power of Intimacy - with Esther Perel and Terry Real
- Working with Men - with Terry Real
- Certification in Relational Life Therapy (RLT) with Terry Real - Levels 1-3 (in the USA)
Over the past year I completed a year-long training with world-renowned addiction expert Gabor Maté who specialises in trauma, addiction, stress and childhood development
- Certificate of training in Gabor Maté's Compassionate Inquiry
Alongside my training at Spectrum I have been a volunteer counsellor with the Place2Be – working with children in schools, where I have received extensive training - and at Mountfield GP Surgery. I have also worked as a counsellor at Haringey Women’s Forum working with women in difficult situations and as a Samaritan where I spoke to and worked with people in crisis.
I am also in regular supervision with a BACP Senior accredited member and accredited Supervisor to ensure the highest standard of care and in personal therapy for my own growth and self care.
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.
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
£90 per 50-minute session for individuals.
£120 per 60-minute weekly session for couples.
£175 per 90-minute fortnightly session for couples.
During this unsettling and uncertain time, I am offering online therapy to all my clients.
Limited daytime availability Monday - Wednesday
During this unsettling and uncertain time, due to the Coronavirus Covid-19, I am offering both face-to-face and online therapy to all clients.