I am a registered, person-centered counsellor providing on-to-one counselling services in the UK. I am certified for online work, as well as for in-person counselling.
Counselling sessions are usually held on a regular, weekly basis (sometimes every other week). As there is no fixed term or limit, you can have as many, or as few, sessions as you want. Some clients find that 6-12 sessions are sufficient. Some just one. Others choose longer-term therapy, or may come back from time to time, as needs arise.
I offer a range of fees, (charged weekly) with reduced costs for online sessions (which do not require room rental or travel expenses), and a sliding scale to make the service as accessible as possible.
My practice is built on my personal experience as well as my professional training (as a Person Centered counsellor).
I offer a non-judgmental, empathetic and authentic counselling relationship, with a focus on adults and young people (in 6th-form and beyond).
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework, which puts client safety and confidentiality at the fore, and work with a range of presenting issues, including:
Addiction & substance mis-use
Anxiety & social anxiety
Depression, low mood & feeling sad
Grief, bereavement & loss
Low self-esteem and confidence
- Mid-life challenges
I believe that in order to best serve my clients, I need to take care of myself, so that I can be fully present and engaged, and allow every client sufficient time, space and attention. As a result, I limit the number of sessions I have to a maximum of six a day (usually less), and 20 a week. I also allow for a break after two hours, wherever possible.
As part of my self-care (and hobby) regime, I practice regular meditation, yoga and tai chi, enjoy morning walks with my dog (often stopping to take nature pictures - see my Instagram), and run (for fun!).
I seek balance in my client work, and recognise that services are not equally accessible to all. With that in mind, I offer concessionary rates (see the fees section below), and dedicate a portion of my professional time to client work at a low-cost counselling agency, serving the community, in south London. In addition, I work as a Personal & Professional Development (PPD) group facilitator for counsellors in training. I have also worked as a tutor, delivering a counselling skills course.
I benefit from professional supervision every month (an ethical requirement), in addition to regular peer-group support from my closest counselling colleagues. And I am, of course, a big fan of counselling. I keep up to date with developments in counselling theory and practice with on-going professional development, and training, and often share things I find interesting on my Twitter feed, or on the blog.
I am passionate about counselling, mental health, and well-being generally.
Depending on your preference, I can work online
(on Zoom), or in person (in central and south London).
I currently see clients at the following locations:
Soho / West End (Until Soho / W1 / WC2)
The City (Borough House / London Bridge / SE1)
West Norwood (South London Theatre / SE27)
Online, via Zoom (wherever you are in the UK)
You can book a session online here.
Fees are charged on a session-by-session basis, with each session being 50 minutes (to allow for time between sessions). Invoices are sent for payment in advance of each session. Fee levels are reviewed annually, and are currently:
£55 (concession*); £75 (standard).
In-Person (Soho / Borough / Brixton / Herne Hill / West Norwood):
£75 (concession*); £95 (standard)
*Concessionary rates are offered for those who might otherwise not be able to access counselling services. This includes: e.g.: People on low or no income; Students; Trainee counsellors. If you are in need, or unsure, please book the concessionary rate, or get in touch to discuss.
Fees will be updated in January 2023.
Bookings can be made online, using the booking page.
Counselling services can be hard to access. There may be long waiting lists for NHS services, and privately-offered services may be unaffordable. It may be possible for some to claim costs back through private medical insurance policies (I am on the Vitality insurance panel). There are also other, free and low-cost options though the voluntary and charity sectors
(e.g. The Samarians, Mind, Cruse Bereavement Support).
For more information about fees and costs, there is an informative
article from Counselling Directory.
I seek to be transparent and ethical in my practice, and to ensure client safety and confidentiality.
Key policies are noted here:
Contracting: Sentia Well-Being's standard counselling contract.
Ethical Practice: Sentia Well-Being abides by the BACP Ethical Framework.
Data Protection: Sentia Well-Being's data and GDPR Policy
Social Media: I am on a number of public social media platforms, and welcome followers. However I do not intentionally follow, follow back, look up, or communicate with clients through social media or online networking platforms. Communication is reserved for sessions or, out of sessions, usually via agreed messaging services. This is in order to protect client confidentiality and wellbeing, and to keep the counselling relationship within the contracted framework.