I'm a fully qualified BACP registered Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have a background in education, and extensive experience of working with young people, students, and older age groups. I have worked therapeutically within charities and in higher education. I work as a student counsellor in higher education, alongside my private practice.
I hold an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as a PhD. As an ex-teacher, I also have a PGCE.
What I can help with
I have experience of working with adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds, and a wide range of issues. Some of the areas I can help you with include:
Low self-esteem/low self-worth
Effects of racism, homophobia, discrimination and social exclusion
Work and organisational issues
Early childhood trauma
Suicidal thoughts and self-harm
Academic and workplace stress
Bereavement, grief and other losses
Unhealthy behavioural patterns
Coping with life transitions, such as: moving home; beginning university or a new job; retirement
Eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa
Identity and trans-cultural issues,
Effects of abuse, whether emotional, physical or sexual
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Alcoholism and other substance misuse
Intrusive thoughts, feelings of dissociation, phobias and obsessions
Pregnancy and parenting
Terminal diagnoses and chronic illness
Emotionally-related health problems
The fee is £70 for each 50 minute session. The fee is the same for the initial assessment session, although this can take up to 90 minutes. I charge for missed sessions (to be discussed when we meet).
I believe counselling and therapy should be broadly available, and I have a few reduced fee morning spaces for people who are out of work, on low incomes or studying full-time.
Length of sessions
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long, apart from the initial assessment session which can take up to 90 minutes. Regular sessions are held at the same time each week.
What happens now
If you think you'd benefit from counselling or psychotherapy, the first step is to get in touch. I will respond within 24 hours to arrange an initial appointment. During the pandemic we will meet online, so once we have arranged a time, I will send you a Zoom link which you can access at the time of your appointment. The initial session will be a two-way process, where we think about what would be most helpful, and whether brief counselling (e.g. 12 sessions) or open-ended psychotherapy would be better for you. If after this initial appointment it is easier for you to have sessions via the telephone than face to face online, this is also an option.
All your contact with me is confidential. As a psychodynamic practitioner, I'm in regular supervision and share information with my supervisor. Information is not shared with anyone else, unless I believe you are at serious risk to yourself or to others.
I'm also a member of the BCA, the Birkbeck Counselling Association.