I am an Accredited BACP counsellor/psychotherapist and have worked with people from all backgrounds, individuals, couples, young people and older people for over 20 years.
My approach is holistic - being interested in the whole person, body, mind and spirit - and person-centred. I have found that a mindfulness-based way of working with difficulties is very helpful and this has become the foundation of the way I work with clients. Mindfulness is about responding with relaxed awareness to whatever is going on in the present, with an attitude of friendly acceptance and interest. Instead of struggling with problems we can begin to simply 'be' with them. In trusting the process, and listening deeply to whatever is experienced, with an open mind and without judgement, greater awareness, clarity and healing can arise. The way forward that is right for each person then tends to unfold naturally. Simple meditation and relaxation approaches can be learned which help to bring balance and peace of mind into daily living.
In counselling and psychotherapy there is space and uninterrupted time in which you can talk about whatever is important to you and find solutions that are right for you. You can be sure that whatever you talk about will be listened to in confidence and with respect.
I teach Mindfulness 8 week courses to groups both for the public and for staff at St Michael's Hospice where I also offer the Staff Counselling Service. I also offer the Mindfulness 8 week course on an individual basis. More details of Mindfulness training are on my website.
Apart from being a counsellor, couples counsellor, mindfulness teacher and craniosacral therapist, I enjoy gardening and growing (and cooking with) our own fruit and vegetables, being a mum (of grown -up children) and a granny, watching films, walking, reading and meditating.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2000.
I trained on the Post-graduate Course for teaching Mindfulness at Bangor University and received a Post-graduate Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Wales in 2010.
I originally trained as a relationship counsellor with Scottish Marriage Counselling Service and Relate and have done specialist trainings in Trauma Resolution, Focusing, Whole Body Focusing and a Foundation Course in Core Process Psychotherapy.
I am also a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (CSTA) and graduated from the Karuna Institute in 1996. It is possible to combine counselling and craniosacral therapy as an integrated bodymind approach if this feels right.
I have a BA Hons degree in Sociology (University of London). After graduating I was a primary school teacher, then a mum at home with my young children, doing voluntary work with the CAB. I spent eight years home-educating my two teenage children in the Scottish Borders and then worked as a support worker for people with mental health problems living in the community, for the Scottish Association of Mental Health.
I gained a Social Work Diploma from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a social worker with children and families for four years, working part-time as a voluntary couple counsellor for SCMS. I decided that I wanted to become a full-time therapist and, after moving to Herefordshire with my husband, began to work for Herefordshire Relate and as an associate counsellor for several employment assistance programmes. My work is now entirely self-employed and based at my home, apart from my work for St Michael's Hospice and teaching mindfulness courses in Hereford.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Focusing and Whole Body Focusing
Body/mind approach (using Counselling in conjunction with Craniosacral Therapy when this is wanted)
Body dysmorphic disorder
Teenagers and young adults
I charge £45 for individual one hour sessions, £49 for couples and £36 for young people under 18.
I am willing to negotiate concessions for people who are on benefits or very low incomes.
I work from my home in Grafton Lane on the southern edge of Hereford.
Work days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, generally during school-term times. I mostly work from 10 am to 6 pm and there are a limited number of evening appointments.
The first session is a chance for us to meet and share information. There is no commitment to continue with counselling until you decide, after you have had this session, whether it feels right for you. If you decide to continue, I generally suggest that we agree to have a series of sessions (usually 6) to begin with. We would review how this was going towards the end of that time and could then discuss a longer-term arrangement if it seemed helpful for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10 to 5.30. Some evening appointments can be negotiated
Types of client