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About me

I believe that it is very important for my clients to tell their own life stories, however incomplete, embellished or muddled those might be.

As my clients allow themselves to speak up, by attending to their own life narrative there might be possibility to consider a different way of thinking and explore not yet explored possibilities. Whatever my client seeks should have merit and deserves consideration. Suddenly, by offering a space there might be a chance for understanding yourself a bit more.

It might be possible to illuminate a dark corner of the client’s mind and soul even if for a brief moment. Consequently, such fleeting moments might demonstrate the client’s abilities to uncover a bit more about themselves. This might help client’s recovery and wellbeing as through self-knowledge their decisions can become more tailored to their actual needs and desires.

As a therapist, I do understand that my clients open themselves to pain and suffering during our sessions, thus I am respectfully allowing my clients to navigate as well as fully participate in such difficult process of discovery. I attempt for our sessions to be collaborative endeavours with client’s finding creative ways of exploring their ways of being.

In that spirit, it is also vital to not hesitate to challenge my client’s views and make our exchange a fertile ground for apprehending other possible perspectives. In such space client’s world might be turned upside down, but eventually, it might be a beneficial and life-changing opportunity to those who dare attending therapy.

I am acknowledging that struggle-free life is a pure myth and would never hesitate to say so to my clients. I am honestly attempting to stay open, honest and foremost respectful to my client’s individual needs, but without retreating into a protective mode of being “therapist only” as I am also a human being in the room very aware of my own personal struggles.

I make utmost effort to hold my clients in space as much as possible to demonstrate my immense respect to their decision to open themselves to pain, suffering, emotional vulnerability and overall demands of therapeutical process including possibility of change.​

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 13 years of experience within a mental health field. Never stopped studies and academic research enhancing my portfolio in every possible way. Starting with a Bsc degree in Psychology, followed by Postgraduate studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling, gaining a qualification in Integrative psychotherapy focused on Psychodynamic and Humanistic approach, and later further enhance my expertise via postgraduate studies in Existential Psychotherapy all in all lasting no less than 8 years of continuous academic and professional development.

​Alongside this enriching academic journey, I have spent 100s of broad and deep therapeutical hours working with a wide range of clients, Years of volunteering for a leading mental health charity Mind as well as Samaritans. This helped me to achieve recognition from the key regulatory bodies British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as an accredited member ensuring my counselling practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards. I am also a member of The Society of Existential Analysis (SEA)

It is, however, my passion to touch and enable other people in struggle that keeps me going and I hope to share that bit of energy with you.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

UK Council for 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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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life crisis, Ageing,  Chronic illness, Pain, Meaning of life, Choices and freedom, Responsibility, Treatment for family members of mental health patients


Additional information

£60 to £120

16 King Alfred Way, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 4SH

E C 1 Offices, 338 City Road, London, EC1V 2PY

Type of session

In person