I am an experienced counsellor for adults, children and young people, including play therapy. I have been practicing since 2001 and I am 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. As a result, I 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 too to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
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 more than 15 years of clinical experience working with adults. I specialise in addictions and I have worked as a counsellor and team leader within different addiction treatment settings, including charity and community organisations, prison based settings and within the private sector. I currently work as a counsellor in a nationally renowned addiction treatment centre in the South East of England.
In the more recent years, my new role as a mother inspired me to re-train in counselling children and young people with the Place2Be. 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 the lives of children and young people as well as the lives of those around them.
Specialism in children and young people
I started practicing as a counsellor for children and young people since 2015. I see children and young people with a range of presenting issues such as loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, bullying, family breakdown, trauma and domestic violence, anxiety, stress, depression, health issues.
For the younger children I use play therapy, which is children’s natural medium to learn, communicate and explore their worlds. Through play I help them express themselves, explore their feelings and make sense of their experiences, empowering them to create solutions and increase their self-esteem by managing their individual situation. Alongside helping the child, I extend the support to their parent(s) and family, through regular review meetings where progress of the child in therapy can be discussed and/or additional support can be offered to enhance the changes and developments achieved by the child. I take serious consideration of safeguarding issues and confidentiality, and I have firm procedures in place to ensure this. I also have a well-established referral network in association with my colleagues at the Healthcare On Demand clinic.
When it concerns counselling young people I feel that the passing from childhood to adulthood can sometimes be challenging on an emotional level. I therefore strive to work alongside any young person and help them find their way through to adulthood. I also work with their parents to support them find the best way they can to navigate the challenging times that their child is going through themselves.
Specialism in addiction
Whatever the form of addiction, I can help you to explore and increase your awareness of the underlying reasons driving your addiction and addictive behaviour and support you to develop new skills and establish supportive relationships that will lead you towards a life of sustainable abstinence. If during your assessment, or one-to-one counselling sessions together, we feel that medical detox and/or residential treatment is required, I can help you make these arrangements.
I understand that addiction affects the friends and family of the person who is in active addiction. Because of this, I offer counselling to friends and families, supporting them to explore their experiences and feelings associated with a loved one’s addiction. This helps with maintaining health and helps with the process of setting the necessary boundaries to help their loved one to seek help and recover. I incorporate within my counselling psychoeducation around the disease of addiction, family and addiction, effects on the family, breaking patterns such as enabling through the acquisition and use of new tools, like tough love and boundaries.
Insurance Company Registration
I am registered with WPA and AXA-PPP.
French (fluent) and Greek (expert).
I am available at Healthcare on Demand on most weekdays during afternoons/evenings by appointment. Weekend sessions can be arranged with prior discussion. Please call me to discuss my availability.
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 can be made by cash or by bank transfer prior to or at the beginning of each session.
After a session has been booked it is chargeable, unless cancelled with 48 hours’ notice.