COVID-19 NOTICE: I AM CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. MY PRACTICE CONTINUES ONLINE AND VIA THE PHONE
“I will walk alongside you while together we figure out what positive change can look like for you.”
I have had a somewhat varied career as a social worker, a teacher, a lecturer, a mother and now as an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor. Through these different life experiences of working in the helping professions, I have learnt to nurture an understanding and deep compassion for the inner world of my clients. I can offer support and challenge in equal measure on your journey from awareness to change.
I believe that discomfort is often a call to change, telling us our current way of living is no longer working.
Sometimes we are forced to adapt to find better ways of managing our current situation. Change is complex and building bridges is challenging to tackle alone: I will walk alongside you while together we figure out what positive change can look like for you.
Whilst I work with a broad range of concerns, I have a particular interest in women's issues from young women finding their way in the world, juggling career choices, family and relationships to maturing women struggling to realign during that unsettling period of adapting to changes such as children leaving the nest. Changing career status, relationships breaking down, baffling hormonal menopausal issues or feelings of loss and bereavemen can affect us deeply, leaving us with a sense that life and happiness beyond feels uncertain and insecure. I have personally experienced many of these life changes and needed, of necessity to reinvent myself numerous times in adaptation to my changing landscape. I know how difficult being at a crossroad can feel and how helpful it is to have support through this unsettling time. It may sometimes seem that there are no choices or too many choices on offer. There is, however, always a choice and through compassionate exploration, we can strive to find your best pathway forward.
I have extensive experience working with NHS staff struggling with the pressures of work and family challenges, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic. I work with childhood trauma; anxiety; self-esteem concerns; life changes and adaptations; bereavement; depression and general relationship issues.
I enjoy offering couple counselling as I see how relationships can be rekindled through finding ways to hear what the other is truly saying behind the harsh words and actions. Understanding how our childhood impacts on our choice of relationships and ways of communicating can open the way to a more intimate, nourishing partnership.
Developing self-esteem, confidence and finding out who you are, is often a pivotal feature of the therapy.
My practice is inclusive and I am respectful and affirmative of diversity in race, culture, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, gender and faith.
*Please contact me if I haven’t covered your particular concern but you feel that we might work well together.
I offer individual adult (21 years+) and couple short-term and long-term therapy from an easily accessible, comfortable consulting room in the NW6/NW2 area.
Current Availabilty: Online appointments available; In-Person availability is currently suspended
I am a fully qualified and accredited therapist working integratively, employing a variety of approaches to best suit your needs. I am a registered, accredited member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical principles, reassuring you that I will strive at all times to work safely, with integrity and in your best interests.
BACP Registered Member 379878 MBACP (Accred)
Former Therapist at The Women’s Consortium
Former Therapist for NHS IAPT Services, Wandsworth
Therapist at Help Counselling Centre, London
Volunteer Therapist at Project5 supporting NHS Staff in Crisis
I am fully insured, GDPR compliant and hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate (criminal record check)
B. Soc Sci Degree in Social Work and Psychology
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
MA in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
Advanced Diploma in Education and Psychology for SEN
PGCE in Education
Supporting Women through the Menopausal Transition
Working with Families using a Systemic Approach
Counselling Older Adults
Couple Counselling Training
Training in Trauma and Somatic Memory
Training in Attachment and Complex Trauma
Working Therapeutically with Shame
Relational Depth in Counselling & Psychotherapy
A Pluralistic Approach to Therapy
Training in Child Sexual Abuse
Training in Domestic Abuse Counselling
Addressing Abuse, Complex Trauma and PTSD
Dealing with Distress, Self-harm and Suicide
Training in Neuroscience and the Polyvagal Theory
Suicidality and Risk Management
First aid for Health Anxiety
How to do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer (BACP)
Learn to Love Online Therapy Training Course
Training in Counselling in the Covid-19 Pandemic
Addressing Suicidality & Suicide Risk Online
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO approved)
Helping People through Quarantine and Social Isolation
Bereavement, Grief and Loss during COVID-19
Working with Binge Eating
Working Creatively with Blocked Anger
Using Polyvagal Theory in Therapy
Working with Chronic Pain