I am a qualified, registered and accredited counsellor, offering weekly one-to-one counselling for individual adults on a long, medium or short-term basis, in Dalston, Hackney, East London.
You might be looking for a counsellor because of a specific issue or a general sense of something not being quite right. I provide an accepting, supportive and safe space for you to explore experiences, thoughts, feelings and memories that may be getting in the way of you feeling grounded, at ease with yourself and others, or fully alive.
If you are interested in exploring what it might be like to work with me as your counsellor, please do get in touch by messaging me through the contact box below or calling me on the number provided. We can arrange an initial session to get to know each other and find out whether the support I offer would be useful to you.
I am a humanistic counsellor. I am predominantly Person-Centred in my approach, although I have also trained in Gestalt and Transactional Analysis counselling and integrate elements of these approaches in my work.
This means I believe we all have a tendency to move towards what we need in life, so long as the conditions (including care and love) around us are, and have been, supportive and accepting of our needs. Many of us learn, sometimes very early on in life, that some of our real needs and feelings are not acceptable to others, and therefore we find it difficult to accept them ourselves. This can result in anxiety, depression, shame, emotional numbness, self-hatred and other forms of distress, as we adapt ourselves and ignore our true needs.
In a healing, therapeutic relationship with an empathic counsellor, we can experience these needs and feelings as being truly accepted and prized by another human being, and therefore we become able to better accept them in ourselves. When we accept our needs (for example, for love, respect, rest, excitement, relationships, expression of anger, release of tears, etc.), we become better able to meet them and to lead a more authentic and fulfilling life.
If you come to counselling with me, you will be setting the pace of the work. We will work with whatever you want to bring and at whatever pace and depth you choose. I will facilitate the work, but I will not act as an expert pretending that I know best. You are the expert in your own experience and I will support you, by being fully present and attuned to your process, to feel more able to trust yourself. If you are interested, we can also use creative exercises (e.g. art materials, art postcards, movement work) to help you explore your feelings further, but if you'd prefer to stick to talking, that is just fine too.
The relationship and connection with your counsellor is key to this process, therefore, I work to create a space where you feel you can trust me to support you when you may be feeling at your most vulnerable or distressed.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. "Accredited" status with the BACP is in addition to being "registered". Counsellors who are "BACP accredited" have passed a rigorous assessment and have a certain level of post-qualification experience. "BACP registered" means that the counsellor is qualified.
My counselling training lasted for five years and I hold a BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice (1st class) with a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Metanoia Institute, Ealing, London (BSc awarded by Middlesex University), which is a BACP accredited training course (2016). I also hold a Certificate in Integrative Humanistic Counselling from CPPD Counselling School, Hornsey, London (2013), an Introduction to Counselling Skills from Birkbeck, University of London (2012) and a Certificate in Group Facilitation from CityLit.
I have received specialist training and supervision in bereavement counselling at St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, London, where I have practised as a bereavement counsellor.
I attend regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops to keep my skills and knowledge up-to-date. I am an assistant tutor and examiner for the BSc in Humanistic Counselling at Metanoia Institute.
I have also previously seen clients at the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (MCPS) in Ealing, London.
I am a member of Metanoia Institute.
I meet regularly with a clinical supervisor to review and support my work.
I have experience of working with clients from a range of ages, sexualities, backgrounds and cultures and have been moved and privileged to be part of each of their journeys, through the tears, the laughter, the setbacks and the (often life changing) personal growth.
I have worked with clients who have experienced the following issues:
I have specialist training in, and particular experience of, providing bereavement counselling, although my practice is by no means limited to this. Loss, in its many forms, can be core to much of what we bring to and explore in therapy. Present day losses of any kind (e.g. of a relationship, status, health, functioning, achievement, aspirations, lifestyle, routine) might trigger depression and loneliness and, in some cases, memories of past losses that exploration in therapy can help you to process.
My non-judgemental approach has been particularly supportive to clients struggling with self-esteem, those who have internalised critical messages from others in their lives, and also people who are battling with shame related to events from their present or past. Through experiencing full acceptance from a therapist, many clients start to believe that they are fundamentally "okay".
My counselling is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus) / GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) aware and inclusive which means I fully accept your sexual, gender or relationship identity, whatever it may be (within the realms of consensual behaviour), and do not view these fundamental parts of you as things that need treating or changing. I am a GSRD aware counselling trainer, endorsed by Pink Therapy.
Fees and Sessions
I charge £60 per 50 minute session.
Notice required to cancel a booked session is seven days.
I am currently only working online / on the telephone, due to the lockdown situation.
Please note, I only work with individual adults (18+), not couples or children.
Fee for private medical insurance companies and payment through employers is £80 per session, due to extra administration work (negotiable for smaller organisations).
My therapy room is located close to Dalston Junction and Haggerston overground stations, and many bus routes (including the 30, 38, 67, 76, 149, 243) with easy access to Stoke Newington, De Beauvoir Town, London Fields, Hoxton, Stamford Hill, Canonbury, Highbury and Islington, Hackney, Homerton, Stratford and the City.
I regret that this therapy room is not wheelchair accessible, as it is located on the third floor of a building with no lifts.
For more information or to book an initial telephone chat or meeting to find out if what I offer would be supportive to you, please fill in your details below, or drop me an email, and I will be in touch. Please state your availability in email enquiries.
NB: I only work with individual adults who are 18+ and I don't currently work with couples.
If you are in crisis - you can contact the City and Hackney Crisis Pathway Services. Or if you live in another area, search for "mental health crisis services" in your borough.