Experienced psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, registered with BACP and BPC. I have a background in education, and extensive experience of working with young adults and students, as well as with older age groups. I have worked therapeutically within charities and in higher education as a university counsellor.
I hold an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as a PhD that draws on psychoanalytic thinking. 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 / experiences of racism, homophobia, discrimination and social exclusion
Experiences connected with being autistic or ADHD, wishing to explore being newly diagnosed, or questioning whether you might be autistic or ADHD
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; serious illness
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
"Writer's block" / rediscovering creativity
Intrusive thoughts, feelings of dissociation, phobias and obsessions
Pregnancy and parenting
Terminal diagnoses and chronic illness
Emotionally-related health problems
The fee is £75 for each 50 minute session. The fee is the same for the initial assessment session. I charge for missed sessions.
I believe counselling and therapy should be broadly available, and I have a couple of reduced fee spaces for people who are out of work, on low incomes or studying full-time.
Length of sessions
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long. 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 offer a free 5-10 minute introductory phone call, after which we may arrange an initial appointment for which the fee is currently £75. The initial consultation will be a two-way process, where we think about what would be most helpful for you, and whether brief counselling (e.g. 12 - 16 sessions) or open-ended psychotherapy would be the best option. 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. Your privacy is important to me - any personal data will be kept safe and secure and will only be used for the purpose for which it was given to me. I adhere to current data protection legislation under UK GDPR and the DPA 2018, and I am registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
I'm also a Full Member of the BCA, the Birkbeck Counselling Association, and a Senior Associate Member of APPCIOS, the Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings.