I am an experienced counsellor, having practiced since 2001 and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Before I professionally trained to be a counsellor, I obtained a BA in English Literature and worked as an English teacher.
My interest in counselling was sparked by my own experience of having counselling in my 20’s, to deal with challenging life experiences and addiction. As a result, I not only gained recovery but experienced personal transformation and growth in all areas of my life. This created a real passion and interest for me to become a counsellor, strongly believing that with the right professional support and care, I can help others to recover and lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Qualifications, Experience and Specialisation
2001 – BA in English Literature, American College of Greece
2002 – Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counselling Vocational Training, Western Counselling Services
2005 – Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Bristol
2009 – MSc in Counselling, University of Bristol
2015 – Certificate in Children Counselling Vocation Training, Place2Be
I have undergone long term personal therapy and I am committed to continuing professional development, having attended professional training in various areas over the past years, including:
- Bereavement and Loss
- Safeguarding Children
- Relapse Prevention
- Family Counselling etc.
I strive to create a safe, supportive environment where you can explore your concerns, thoughts, and feelings. My aim is to assist you in developing a better understanding of your issues, difficulties, and who you are at a deep level, moving towards developing a better relationship with yourself, and others, going forward in your life. I am trained as an Integrative Counsellor and I draw from many therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Creative, Motivational Interviewing, the 12 Step Minnesota Model, Coaching, and Play Therapy among others, tailored to each client’s specific needs.
I have 15 years of clinical experience working with substance based addictions, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, pill addiction, as well as process based addictions, such as co-dependency, love addiction, gambling, food addiction, exercise addiction, workaholism, shopping/spending addiction, and internet addiction.
In addition to this, I am well skilled in treating cross-addiction and relapse. I have worked as a counsellor and team leader within different settings, including charity and community organisations, prison based settings, and within the private sector. In addition to my work at Healthcare On Demand in Guildford, I also work as a counsellor in a nationally renowned addiction treatment centre in the South East of England.
My skills include one-to-one client work, group therapy and delivery of psychoeducational lectures and experiential workshops.
In recent years, my new role as a mother inspired me to re-train in counselling children including young children. Alongside my training, I worked in a primary school in London, helping children through talking, creative work and play in a therapeutic environment. I worked with them to create the opportunity for them to be heard and seen, and to express their thoughts and feelings. At this vital early stage of development, offering support to deal with emotional and behavioural issues is proven to have a positive impact on the rest of their lives and the lives of those around them.
Insurance Company Registration
I am registered with WPA and AXA-PPP.
I am fluent in French language and expert in Greek language.
I am available at the Eastgate Gardens practice in Guildford on Thursday evenings, and on other days by appointment.
Initial assessment: £50 (90 minutes)
Individual Adult and Children Counselling Sessions: £65 (50 minutes)
On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.
We will collaboratively decide and regularly review the frequency and length of our sessions
Payment for the first session is due on the day by cash or cheque.
For ongoing sessions, arrangements can be made for payment also by bank transfer prior to the session.
After a session has been booked it is chargeable, unless cancelled with 48 hours’ notice.