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BA (Psych), MS (Coun), MBACP; MBPsS

About me

          I can also offer Online session.

I am a qualified integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor. Since therapy is not one size fits all, I work in the way that is most suitable to your preference by drawing on a number of established counselling and therapeutic approaches depending on your needs and preference (e.g.psychodynamic, CBT, humanistic). Integrative psychotherapy is also an approach to wellness that recognises the interconnection between mind, body and spirit.

I also integrate a somatic based approach into my practising psychotherapy if necessary. Body is the container that holds the human pre-verbal experience before the mind labels them.Integrating body's instinctive 'felt sense' into therapeutic approaches you prefer can help us to be aware of what is really going on in the present and to heal underlying issues rooted in the past much more than the mind alone can do...the approach is known to be a safe way to deal with traumas.

I believe that at the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself. The safe and supportive space to work through our personal difficulties would enable us to be in touch with our real needs. A warm, non-judgmental and trustworthy voice is sometimes all you need to resonate with. However; we sometimes benefit from exploring our resources holistically, which may include thoughts, emotions, behaviours, images and physical sensations...

You do not have to suffer alone.

I am empathetic, non-judgmental, engaged and collaborative. Together, we can explore your needs and process what arises using the resources you have.

I also have a good understanding of the challenges that culturally diverse individuals and societies face.

  • Individual---I offer counselling (both short-term and long-term) to individuals to address the challenges that life can bring. I also integrate somatic based therapy influenced by somatic experiencing.
  • Couple Therapy
  • Older Adults --- During 3-years of my counselling master's course, I took some gerontology classes in order to deal with transitional issues related to ageing. I worked with older adults in Behavioural and Ageing program of non-profit social service agency for three years.
  • Children / Young people ---I believe that it is essential to integrate developmental perspectives and a systemic view of the child and his/her relationship with family, school, society and culture. The work with children might start with the child alone and involve the parents/carers later on. Sometimes I start with a parent and if necessary I meet with the child.

Training, qualifications & experience


Bachelor of Art (BA) in Psychology  (Sophia University, 2000).

Masters of Science (MS) in Counselling (San Francisco State University, 2003).

PG Certification in Clinical Psychology (University of Birmingham, 2015).

*As part of my continuing professional development, I am currently taking Somatic Experiencing (SE) 3-years course.


Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Graduate membership of British Psychological Society (MBPsS) with Graduate Basis of Charted Membership (GBC)

Training & Work Experiences

I got trained in Shiba children's counselling clinic, Family Service agency of San Francisco, primary & secondary schools, Care home, California Pacific Medical Centre (skilled nursing unit / palliative care unit), Non-profit social service agency, Cruse Bereavement Care, Birmingham NHS Queen Elizabeth hospital, Coping with Cancer etc.

I work with adults, older adults, and couples in private practice.

I hold an enhanced DBS. I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection)

I am a member of Sullivan & Associates

Member organisations


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £40.00 to £80.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I practice in 2 locations

1. Leicester (LE2) face to face:

Individual £50-60 (please feel free to determine the fee corresponds with your financial situation); Couple/Family £70

*I have a limited number of low fee spaces available to students and people on a low income. Please contact me for further information.

2. Central London (N1) face to face: (Angel tube station & Essex Road railway station)

Individual £70; Couple/Family £85 (55mins) 

*I have a limited number of low fee spaces available to students and people on a low income. Please contact me for further information.

3. Online Counselling via Zoom

Individual £40-55 (Please feel free to determine the fee corresponds with your financial situation); Couple £60

Further information

I provide sessions in English and Japanese.

Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2

Islington, London, N1 8PT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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