My approach and how counselling can help
I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist providing a safe and confidential space for the exploration of feelings and thoughts. I respect everyone is unique and has their own way of engaging with this process. As an integrative psychotherapist, I draw on a range of approaches and resources. It is my hope that through engaging with therapy you can achieve a better understanding of yourself, feel more fulfilled and make the most of your life.
I have helped people suffering from severe anxiety and depression related to a number of factors such as addictive behaviours, past trauma, abusive relationships, work stresses, physical illness and conditions accentuated by the Covid 19 crisis.
What to expect in the first session
The initial session will be an opportunity for both of us to introduce ourselves and explore the areas that could be the focus of the therapeutic work. This will allow us to reach an agreement in the type of support that will be suitable and could take the form of establishing goals or allowing space to see what might emerge later in therapy.
Using the artistic expression
Alongside traditional talking therapy, I encourage the use of other modes of creative and artistic expression. This can provide further and useful insight, resonance and self-understanding. Often this will involve drawing or painting a picture to express a thought or feeling. Other times it could be listening to music or discussing art images. You do not need to have any experience to be able to engage with this aspect of the therapy. I have adapted these practises for Zoom and phone sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP accredited 'How to do therapy online' certificate from the Open University (C19OT_1)
MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, University of East London.
Certificate in Counselling Skills from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
BA Hons First Class, from the University of York.
Experience as a therapist
In addition to my private practice, I have experience working in the NHS as part of a regional Complex Needs Service in London, for addiction services (in UK and India) and at a St Mungo's recovery centre for homeless people.
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.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Anxiety related to careers in the performing arts: performance anxiety (stage fright), adapting to life after or on tour, stress related to loss of work
Concessions offered for
Face to face: £50 - £90 per therapeutic hour (50 minutes)
Online: £50 - £60 per therapeutic hour (50 minutes)
Subject to availability I have £40 per hours rates for clients seeking low cost counselling.
I see clients weekly and recommend a minimum commitment of 6 sessions, though I am happy to discuss other arrangements if this is not possible.
I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists and of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.