Being a psychotherapist is a passion and a vocation for me; I'm privileged to have been this space for over a decade. My working experiences - with individuals, couples/pairs and groups - stem from the UK and The Netherlands. I lived in Amsterdam for a few years from 2014. Though I'm now based in the Peak District, most of my professional experience evolved in central London: I'm fortunate to have worked with diverse beings in diverse settings (NHS, private practice, general and specialist services). I think each experience expanded my world personally and professionally. Prior to this I worked in Financial Services - and in its own way this experience expanded my 'knowing' too.
As part of my professional ethics, I meet with another experienced psychotherapist (a supervisor) regularly to help me be the best I can be - especially in my work. Please see 'FAQ' for more on the professional ethics I aspire to. Now that I work solely online, I'm grateful to have explored the ethical nuances of relating within this medium in 2015 when training with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. Finally, I hold senior accredited membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I'm also a...
Writer. Writing has become my thing in more recent years. Please see writings tab if interested. I also have a book chapter on diversity and inclusion in health leadership in a forthcoming Research Handbook, related to my PhD (see below). Prior to this I was on the editorial board for a psychiatric journal (the World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review). I have also reviewed papers submitted to the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.
Media Spokesperson. I'm sometimes consulted by the media on topical issues, independently and as a spokesperson for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Related articles may be found on the media tab.
Trainer. Training other therapists on a counselling degree/diploma for a few years from 2013 was a great experience. I have found facilitating organisational training - especially on the topics of 'race' and difference - similar.
Doctoral Researcher . Woven into the above is my PhD. I'm in the final year of my research on the lack of racially minoritised women in health leadership.
Here is a copy of my Online Working Agreement. It is information about how I work, such as my policy on upholding confidentiality, data protection and professional ethics. I tend to discuss these with clients in a first session but welcome related questions/comments at any point.
Many people find online counselling useful as another way to express themselves; it is not a substitute for face-to-face therapy. Or indeed vice versa: face-to-face therapy cannot offer some of the benefits of online counselling. Please see writings for a beginner's guide to online therapy - an article I wrote.
If you are feeling particularly unwell or desperate, it is better that you try to get some face-to-face support if possible; and in case of emergency contact your GP or local Accident and Emergency service.
Although I list below some of my specialisms, it may be useful to know that evidence consistently points to the relationships between client and therapist as being more important in meeting aims than finding a therapist that has worked with a particular issue before. So, feel free to contact me and discuss if you don't see what you are looking for below. I'm also very comfortable to say when I don't think I'm the one to help!
Counselling or psychotherapy (I use the words interchangably) is a talking process through which distress can be reduced and meaning can be found. It is a safe and confidential space where clients may work through difficulties with a trusted companion, moving towards change and/or finding peace in a way that can be difficult to do on one’s own at times.
My approach, person-centred, is one of three main approaches to therapy in the UK (the other two being psychodynamic and behavioural). I let clients 'lead' with the talking, based on my belief and experience that they know best where 'hurts'. You are the expert on yourself. My aim is to understand and attune to you, and in doing so, to help you understand yourself better or differently. This new self-awareness - new information – tends to bring an increased sense of ease, and often inevitable changes in behaviour. In summary, root causes of difficulties are gently addressed.
Each session is 50 minutes. I'm available on weekdays during the day and early evenings.
I charge £75 per session for individuals and £100 per session for relationship therapy.
Please contact me if you have any other questions or to discuss these.