I am a qualified, accredited and registered counsellor. I have been a counsellor since 2002.
I became a counsellor as a natural progression from my experience working as a Youth Worker, working at first with adolescents and young adults in an inner city setting. It is through that work that I learned how effective therapy could be in helping people help themselves by building self-esteem and emotional self-awareness. I wanted to be able to offer more to those I was helping which led to my leaving youth work to become a counsellor.
I have since worked as a counsellor in other settings, including a charity providing free counselling, a college student counsellor and an NHS staff counsellor. I am now in private practice in North London.
I have a particular interest in encouraging personal development through self-awareness, using psychological mindedness to understand ourselves better and to have better relationships. I have applied these ideas to myself over the past 20 years and have benefited enormously from it.
I love the diversity of human experience and value it. I love London because of the diversity of people who choose to live in it and welcome all people, of all races, religions, genders, sexualities and other labels of self-identity.
The training path for a counsellor involves at least two major stages of examination: Qualification and Accreditation. Furthermore, counsellors are regulated through Registration with a professional association. I am an Accredited Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I’m Registered with the UKCP as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.