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About me

Life can be unpredictable, challenging, stressful and puzzling at the best of times, and in times of crisis, loss or transition, even more so.  I aim to offer my clients who are experiencing a crisis in their lives the opportunity to find their true and honest voice in the confusion, to clarify their thoughts around what had happened and what might happen in the future, and to support them through the emotional distress that came with the difficulty or loss.  Through the practice of non-judgemental support and listening, combined with gentle exploration of the issue, I have found that clients can achieve a deeper understanding of the various aspects of the crisis and tap into their own resouces and resilience to face what needs to be faced.

Training, qualifications & experience

My counselling qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have worked with people experiencing bereavement and addiction as well as carers experiencing the impact of addiction in their lives. I have also worked with teenagers in crisis, women who are new mothers and are struggling with motherhood and possibily post-natal depression, men and women facing divorce, and people dealing with chronic illness.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

I have no doubt about the efficacy and benefits of counselling for people in crisis, and I believe that it should be financially accessible to as many people as possible. To that end, my fees are £30 per hour.

When I work

I am available during the day and evenings Monday to Friday.

East Twickenham, TW1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults