People consider counselling and psychotherapy when they are experiencing difficulties in their life related to the past or present, are feeling stuck, seeking new direction and change or wish to develop greater awareness of themselves and more vitality in life. I offer a safe, warm and confidential space to support you to explore, reflect and understand what has brought you to therapy. The space we create together can enable the exploration of a range of emotions and experiences that can be challenging but equally may involve humour and laughter and lead to insight, understanding, growth and change.
My journey & experience
My journey toward counselling and psychotherapy began, as a result, of fifteen years experience working in secondary and higher education in teaching/academic and support roles where I developed a growing interest in supporting young people and adults who experienced mental health and wellbeing challenges, disabilities, long-term health conditions, dyslexia and other neurodiversity. These enriching experiences enabled me to develop invaluable skills and understanding of the power of authentic and enabling relationships. My personal experience of the transformative potential of counselling and psychotherapy led to my training at the Minster Centre one of the leading counselling and psychotherapy training institutions in the UK and Europe.
I have experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and issues including depression, anxiety, diagnosed mental health challenges, family and relationships, gender and sexuality, intercultural and broader issues of identity (see full details of my experience and specialisms below). I have worked with organisations including the Disability Service at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a GP Medical Centre Counselling Practice, London Metropolitan University Counselling Service and currently Mind in Barnet Counselling Service, the Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service and Diversity and Ability (DnA). I also run a mental health and wellbeing group project at the homeless Charity Crisis in East London.
My counselling and psychotherapy approach
My training and practice is an integrative approach. 'Integrative' means that the way I work is tailored to each client informed by and integrated from different theoretical and practice traditions in the field of therapy including humanistic, psychodynamic and contemporary psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), body psychotherapy and elements of mindfulness. I also recognise how the cultural and social context in which we live has an impact on wellbeing that may be important to explore.
This approach means I work with each individual as a whole exploring thoughts, feelings, physical and bodily experience. I believe exploring the relationship between us is an important part of our therapy as a means to support you to explore challenges you may be experiencing. Together we create a space that is safe for you to look in and experience yourself, then gather the strength to make the changes that you hope for. I will be honest, reflective, open, curious, and holding in my approach to support you on your journey.
Training and qualifications
- BACP Registered
- BACP accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling (The Minster Centre)
- UKCP accredited MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University (The Minster Centre, due to complete in 2018)
- Diploma in Massage & Aromatherapy
- PG Certificate and Diploma in teaching and assessment of Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs)
- MA & BA (Hons.) Performance as Research / Applied Theatre
I am committed to working on my personal and professional integration through reflective practice, supervision and regular Continual Professional Development following the BACP ethical framework for professional practice.
You are welcome to contact me for a free, no obligation telephone consultation on 07745535562. I offer a free 15-minute telephone discussion to explore what brings you to therapy and the possibility of working together. This gives you the opportunity ask any questions you may have and decide if you would like to meet me for an initial consultation.
50-minute initial 'chemistry' consultation sessions are at a reduced fee of £30. During this session, we explore what brings you to therapy and we can get a sense if the relationship 'feels right' and you feel comfortable working with me.
Regular counselling and psychotherapy sessions are either £50 or £60 per session (fee based on the time of day and location) for 50-minutes at the same time each week. Payment can be made by debit card or in cash.
I offer discounts to trainees, and some concessions based on your employment status, financial circumstances, availability and personal circumstances. We can discuss this further if you choose to make contact or meet.