I am a qualified and practising Psychodynamic Counsellor and psychotherapist. I graduated from Birkbeck college with an MSc in Adult Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2012. I worked for three years as an Honorary Psychotherapist with the East London NHS Foundation Trust with adults with complex mental health issues and as a volunteer counsellor with an organisation called Place2Be, providing counselling for children.
In 2016 I started my private Counselling and Psychotherapy practice. I offer individual face to face counselling and psychotherapy for adults, providing a confidential and non-judgemental environment. I work from a predominantly psychodynamic perspective. To understand more about the Psychodynamic approach, please visit the 'about counselling' page of this website.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical guidelines. As a counsellor/psychotherapist working in private practice I meet regularly with a supervisor who is a senior colleague practicing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
I also work for an organisation in Croydon that provides support and advocacy for parents of a child/children with disabilities.
My counselling/psychotherapy practice is at my home in Crystal Palace, Croydon, SE19.
I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed period of time, with the aim of enabling clients to enhance their life and to live it more fully.
What counselling and Psychotherapy can offer
At certain times in life some people can find that it is helpful to have the opportunity to work through issues in a safe and non judgemental space, with someone who isn't a friend or relative and who is trained in skills that support the person to explore their thoughts, perceptions and behaviour.
This might be help with coping with feelings of anxiety in every day life or triggered by a particular event. It could be support with dealing with feelings of depression, low mood or low self esteem. It might be help with working through feelings of loss following a berevement or the breakdown of a relationship. It might be that you feel that things in your life are not quite right at the moment and you'd like to give yourself the space and time to work this through.
Psychodynamic Counselling/ Psychotherapy can give you the space to think and be thought about. It allows you to have more insight into why you think, feel and behave in the way that you do. In turn this insight allows choice and change.
The difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy
It may be that you are looking for emotional support around a particular event or issue. This may be more focused short term work, which is termed counselling.
You may not be clear what is troubling you or you may have experienced long term feelings of depression, anxiety and unhappiness. This will be longer, open ended work and is termed Psychotherapy.
The link below has a good description of the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Where do I work
I work in Crystal Palace, Croydon.
My practice is in Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, Croydon SE19. The area has good public transport links and is a 10 minute walk from Gipsy Hill rail station and Crystal Palace rail and overground station. There is free parking locally.
I see clients at my home, which is within the Crystal Palace triangle .
Slots currently available
Currently I have no evening availability. I expect to have some availability from January 2020.
I have slots available on a Tuesday daytime.
How much do I charge?
I charge £50 for an initial session. Subsequent sessions that take place are £50.00. Payment can be made weekly or by monthly invoice.
For students or those on a low income I have a sliding scale starting at £40. (Please let me know in advance if you would like a concessionary rate.)
Payments can be made in cash or directly into my account as I do not have card paying facilities.
I have a weeks cancellation policy. If I am given less than a weeks notice of a cancellation I charge the full price of the missed session.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am a registered member of the BACP
I am not often available to answer telephone enquires as I may be working or not in a confidential space to take the call. I will respond as soon as possible. Sending a web enquiry is often a quicker way of making contact.
Useful links when looking for a Counsellor or Psychotherapist
In line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy guidelines confidentiality will be maintained between client and therapist except in specific circumstances;
As a counsellor/psychotherapist working in private practice I meet regularly with a supervisor. This is good practice and maintains my standard of work. Supervision respects confidentiality.
If I felt a client was at significant risk to themselves or others I would be obliged to contact the clients GP. I would endeavour to seek the clients agreement to do this.