My Background As A Counsellor


Many years ago, I went to see a counsellor for the first time. It felt strange and almost self-indulgent, talking about myself. But gradually I got used to it and I even began to like it.

I noticed I felt happier. I made better choices. Over time, I found that therapy had a powerful transformational effect. It wasn’t always easy to sum up how or why. But everything looked different. I was different.

I wanted to know more about what had happened to me. I read books about therapy. I became a voluntary ‘befriender’ for MIND and I found the work hugely rewarding.

Then I decided to have proper training as a counsellor, so that I would really know what I was doing and be able to help other people professionally. The training was hard work, but I learned a great deal about helping others and about myself.


My experience as a counsellor

My counselling training started over 20 years ago. For the last ten years I have worked as a private counsellor in East London (Bethnal Green).

I have also worked in a natural health centres, in the City, at a doctor’s surgery and in a support centre for young people.


How I work

My basic training is in ‘therapeutic counselling’. This means I work with both present-day issues, such as anxiety, depression and stress, and with problems which stem from the past, which may need longer-term psychotherapy.


My qualifications

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  BACP has an ‘Ethical Framework’ which I follow. This code guides counsellors on best practice for their work and ensures that you receive the best possible help. I’m also an accredited advanced practitioner of coaching with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

My education:

  • Certificate in Online Counselling.
  • Advanced Certificate in Coaching.
  • Certificate in Focusing Skills.
  • Certificate in Life Coaching.
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory.
  • Diploma in Acting from Guildford School of Acting.
  • MA in English from Oxford University.

I attend regular courses for Continual Professional Development, which is expected for all counsellors by BACP. For example, I have attended recent training on Diversity Issues, ‘Focusing‘, ‘Mindfulness‘ and CBT for Person-Centred Counsellors.

I also have regular supervision (for both counselling and coaching), to ensure I am providing the best possible service for my clients. This is in accordance with BACP guidelines.