I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (HCPC registered and BPS accredited) and have had extensive experience in the NHS, private and charity sectors. I work with a variety of clients in various stages of their lives from a range of religious, social and cultural backgrounds. The client and I would work collaboratively together to create a treatment plan tailored to the individual including their type of therapy, length of treatment, and goals.
The first session would be an initial assessment to discuss why the individual has come to therapy, their historical background, what their therapy goals are, what therapy might look like and whether this is the right treatment for them. I normally recommend around 6 sessions which we would review later on and they have the option to continue if we felt they would benefit from continuing.
I abide by the code of ethics, conduct and professional practice stated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also able to provide supervision to fellow clinicians.
I specialise in working in a wide variety of psychological difficulties including:
- Anxiety, panic and stress
- LGBT related issues
- High-functioning autism spectrum disorder related issues
- Personality disorders
- Relationship issues
- Life transitions
- Emotional difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Work related issues
I have had several years of experience in not only mental health but also special needs. I have worked across various sectors and with a large variety of individuals in varying levels of distress. As a Counselling Psychologist, I have worked in the NHS in a psychodynamic therapy department and community mental health and recovery services (Epsom and Tandridge CMHRS’) both focusing on secondary care with adults. Within the CMHRS services, I facilitated an ongoing Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy group for individuals with borderline personality disorder. I have spent a year working for a Guildford charity for adults with mental health problems and many with special needs as well. The clients I have worked with have suffered from a wide range of difficulties such as personality disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, stress, self harm, emotional difficulties, and relationship issues.
Apart from my private practice, I am currently working as a therapist at The Priory Hospital Woking with individuals who are inpatients and outpatients in both group and 1-1 sessions. I facilitate group psychotherapy, CBT and DBT-informed groups.
Engaging in therapy is a highly personal experience which involves a lot of trust on the client’s part. Finding the right therapist for an individual can be a bit anxiety provoking as they will want to find the one that is safe, confidential, professional, well-trained, they can have a good therapeutic relationship with, and who works well for them. I aim to provide a safe environment in which clients will feel they are able to discuss their issues and worries without judgment. I am a flexible and creative practitioner who brings a containing experience to the therapy. I put the therapeutic relationship at the forefront of the therapy as it is this that can facilitate the most helpful environment, allows the client to just be themselves, and feel like they are having a genuine and honest interaction with the therapist.
As I said above, I work with adults from various life stages, backgrounds, faiths, and difficulties. Because of this, I aim to provide an integrative approach to tailor the sessions to the individual and that takes elements from several therapeutic approaches such as Humanistic Therapy, Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness.
In sessions we would look at not only what is going on for the client currently but take into account where they have come from in their backgrounds and history but also what their goals and aspirations are for the future. Sessions would take the form of discussions between the therapist and client to understand the issues and worries better and can also include some psycho-educational learning and teaching of skills for specific issues.
- Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (PsychD, University of Surrey).
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Exeter).
- I have been trained in Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT) but require further training to reach the full qualification. I am able to offer DBT informed therapy but not the full programme as this requires a full DBT team of individuals.
Types of Clients
I mainly work with adults but am open to working with 16-18 year olds.
I offer 50 minute face-to-face sessions as well as sessions via Skype and telephone. I have space for a small amount of concession cases for students or therapists in training.
Payment is required in full at the end of each session or in advance by PayPal or bank transfer.
I require 48 hours notice for all cancellations, otherwise full cost applies.
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Contact number/Answerphone: 07817 700 091