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About Me

I trained at Birkbeck, University of London and fully qualified with an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy.  This is a rigorous clinical training over 5 years with supervised clinical placements in London at Wimbledon Guild, Sutton Counselling and Croydon Counselling Foundation.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council (Psychodynamic Counsellor), listed on the Accredited Register of the Professional Standards Authority and a member of Birkbeck Counselling Association.

I have experience working in private, public and third sectors and have a particular interest in organisations and occupational issues. I am also a member of Time For Change group of therapists.  Alongside private practice, I also work as a Psychological Therapist with The Fire Fighters Charity, delivering one-to-one and group therapy and delivering psycho-educational programmes.



  • Cert. H.E. (Merit) - Psychodynamic Counselling & Counselling Skills, Birkbeck, University of London

  • MSc (Merit) - Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London 

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What To Expect from Counselling & Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking therapies. Talking to a trained professional can help you explore your concerns, thoughts and feelings and improve relationships and your mental wellbeing. The goal of the therapy is to know ourselves more fully, become more whole, and live our lives more richly and fully.

I am a trained Psychodynamic Counsellor & Psychotherapist which means we will explore your current problems in relation to your past experiences and relationships, in a compassionate and understanding way. I can support you to improve mental wellbeing, fulfil your potential and:

  • express your feelings and process them in a safe and supportive relationship

  • gain deeper insight into the issues you face

  • talk about things in a confidential environment that you might not feel be able to discuss with anyone else

  • find better ways to cope with feelings and fears

  • change the way you think and behave to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing

  • improve relationships in your life, including with yourself

  • make sense of any clinical diagnoses you have had by understanding what has happened to you

  • heal from trauma

  • learn to communicate better and tolerate differences in yourself and others.

You don't need to be referred by your doctor or another professional or have serious mental health problems, counselling and psychotherapy can help with issues including:

  • anxiety

  • feeling like you can’t cope

  • problems dealing with stress or recovering from stressful situations

  • lack of confidence or extreme shyness

  • workplace stress and burnout

  • bullying

  • coping with the effects of abuse

  • feelings of depression, sadness, grief or emptiness

  • extreme mood swings

  • difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships

  • sexual problems, including chemsex

  • gender, sexuality and relationship diversity

  • difficulties coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or unemployment

  • eating disorders

  • self-harm

  • obsessive behaviour

  • panic attacks and phobias.

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