ABOUT ME

I am a qualified counsellor, with a BACP accredited degree in Integrative Counselling which allows me to draw from different counselling theories depending on your needs, goals and preferences. More recently, I trained to work with some more creative counselling tools and techniques, incorporating these in sessions where clients feel they might be a helpful way to express themselves or as a way to view a problem or issue differently.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a member of ACTO, the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online, and a member of the Creative Counsellors Organisation. 
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The first thing it is important for you to know about me is that I am a human being, just like you, who has struggled. I know how hard it can be to ask for help, so I do my best to reassure my clients that we will always work together in a way, and at a pace that feels right for them.

Counselling is my second career. Before becoming a therapist I worked in financial services, delivering change. Whilst working in the City, I joined my local Samaritans branch, where I stayed for 5 years and discovered the power of truly listening to someone. Then, as now, I feel privileged that someone would trust me enough to share their unique and personal story with me. 
This prompted my decision to change my career, although as I later discovered, through my own personal therapy, my previous life experiences had no doubt laid the foundations long ago.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family or catching up with friends and I am a bit of a foodie. I love the rain and relaxing with a crossword, a jigsaw puzzle or a good book.
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"I am first and foremost a human being, just like you, who has struggled."
 

QUALIFICATIONS

First Class BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling 

  • BACP accredited degree

  • Person-Centred/Humanistic 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Existential 

  • Psychodynamic
     

I have also undertaken further training in Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance & Committment Therapy (ACT), various Creative Counselling techniques and interventions, and I hold a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism. I am committed to ongoing professional development, and continuously strive to maintain and expand my knowledge and skills via workshops and conferences, through professional research and literature, as well as via my regular clinical supervision.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

BACP
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and I work within their ethical code and follow best practice guidelines. It also means I am committed to regular supervision and ongoing personal and professional development.

ACTO 
As a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), I am committed to maintaining the highest standards when offering counselling online.
 
Creative Counsellors
As a member of the Creative Counsellors Organisation I am passionate about learning and bringing creative interventions into the counselling room where clients may find this helpful.

 

EXPERIENCE

I have worked across various agencies and selected schools in Havering and Essex, providing telephone, online and face-to-face counselling to adults, children and young people. More information regarding my areas of expertise can be found here.


I also have over 5 years' experience as a Samaritans listening volunteer and I am a Havering community health champion, with a very holistic view of wellbeing, which allows me to signpost clients to where they can find additional help & support locally, beyond counselling, where this may be helpful to them.