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I first trained as a speech and language therapist and worked in the NHS as a domiciliary therapist for children under five with special needs. When visiting families in their homes, I observed that parents often found it difficult to take on board the information I had to offer because they were still grieving the loss of the expected, normal baby. I needed to be able to listen to their grief before they could hear what I had to say. This need for more skills led me to train as a counsellor at the Roehampton Institute in London, obtaining an MSc. in Psychological Counselling and then becoming an accredited, registered BACP practitioner.
For over 20 years I worked in the NHS both as a counsellor attached to a GP practice
and as a group counsellor, establishing an on-going counselling group
for women with post natal depression which ran for 10 years in north
London. I wrote about this group in
I continue to have a private practice seeing both individuals and couples for long or short term counselling. With over 15 years experience as a counsellor, I obtained a Diploma in Integrative Supervision and became accredited by the BACP as a supervisor of both individuals and groups. I have particular experience in supervising counsellors and psychologists working in the NHS and other statutory organisations. I also have 10 years experience supervising counsellors working with refugees and asylum seekers.
My interest in the effectiveness and benefit of relaxing the body and mind in counselling led me to train as a hypnotherapist. I am now able to support people in areas as diverse as stopping smoking and preparing for childbirth.
Over the years I have taught many counselling skills courses to professionals in education and other helping professions. I currently teach counselling skills at the Minster Centre in London on the MA course in Integrative Psychotherapy.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) I adhere to their respective codes of practice and ethical framework.
My practice is in Golders Green, London NW11, 8 minutes walk from Golders Green tube/bus station and on several bus routes. Free parking is available.
MSc. Psychological Counselling
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor of Individuals & Groups
General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice & Registered with General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
Certificate in Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy
Certified CE Stop Smoking Practitioner
Certified CE Hypnobirthing Practitioner
Certified Practitioner of Meridian Therapies (EFT)
Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
Because I keep some
identifiable information about you I am required to register with the
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 25/10/2018 I must inform you explicitly how I keep, use and
dispose of the personal data you share with me and obtain your consent.
I will keep this privacy
policy under review as new regulatory and technological developments or
directives from my professional association, British Association of Counselling
and Psychotherapy (BACP), may require adjustments to be made. I am committed to
protecting your privacy and personal information.
The information I keep and why
- Your contact details are kept on a card in a
filing box in a secure locked drawer.
I need this information to arrange our appointments and to reach
you in case of an emergency.
- A record of appointments and fees paid are noted
in a paper diary.
- I make brief paper notes on sessions which are
stored securely and separately from your contact details and do not
contain your full name. These notes
support my supervision (see below).
Sharing your information
Our work together is
confidential. However, your personal information may be disclosed under the
- Supervision: In order to ensure we are working
together in the best possible way BACP requires that I engage in clinical
supervision. The brief notes I write serve as an aide memoire to support
this process. The notes are hand written and anonymised.
- If I am concerned that you are in danger of causing
yourself or anyone else serious harm or you are telling me about a child
at risk, I am ethically bound by the BACP to discuss the possibility of
sharing this information with your General Practitioner or other relevant
professionals and may need to go ahead with such disclosure. However, every effort will be made to
seek your consent under such circumstances.
- Legal obligation: I may also have to disclose
some personal information if required to do so by a court of law or to
fulfil a legal obligation.
Professional Will: In the event of my death or
sudden, severe illness, I have appointed an executor of my professional will
who will be given your name and contact details. This person is a trusted
colleague who is UKCP or BACP accredited and is authorised by me to inform you
of my unavailability and to offer help in making arrangements for support if
you so wish. If my absence is permanent then this colleague will ensure that
all of your personal data I may still hold is destroyed.
You may first have
contacted me by email from my website and given a brief description of the
presenting issue. This email is deleted
as soon as contact with you has been made.
We may agree to use e-mail or texting to arrange appointments and manage
other non sensitive data on the understanding that these systems are not
entirely secure. Email and telephone security is in line with that given by the
relevant service provider e.g. Google, Whatsapp.
My identity on the
computer is password protected and I have a dedicated work mobile phone.
I suggest conducting
online sessions via Zoom (www.zoom.us). Zoom uses end-to-end encryption and is GDPR
Keeping your information
At the end of our work I
shall keep the first session notes and a brief closing summary in a locked
cabinet. This is in case there is a
situation where you ask me to provide information concerning our work to a third
party. I shall keep these documents for 7 years as suggested by my professional
insurerersafter which time I shall
Your contact details on my
dedicated work mobile phone and email contact list will be deleted as soon as
our work together ends.
Unlawful breach of data
I will report any serious
breaches to the security of your personal information to the ICO within 72
hours and I will also inform you as appropriate.
You have the right to:
- Request access to a copy of the information I
hold on you.
- Request changes to, or the deletion of all or
part of the information I hold. Where possible, I will respect your request to
no longer retain all or part of the information I hold for the purposes agreed,
unless I have a legitimate basis for doing so (e.g. to comply with insurance or
tax requirements) or I am legally obliged to maintain all or part of the
- Complain about how I handle your data. In the
first instance, please contact me. If your complaint is not resolved
satisfactorily, you have the right to complain to the ICO (www.ico.org.uk).
available in hard copy. If we contract to work together,
I shall ask for your written consent to your personal information being used in
the way described above.