I have been a practicing counsellor for more than twenty years I also offer clinical supervision.
I have recently relocated and am now practicing in beautiful Dorset with a clinics based in Weymouth..
I work as a senior practitioner using an integrative approach offering counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Together we look at issues holistically, supporting you to explore issues that are affecting you whether physically, emotional, psychologically or spiritually.
I am fully insured & an accredited member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy BACP Register 146283 & BACP Membership 554716 and I work within their code of ethics.
Key to this is being a trustworthy professional, committed to continuing my on-going professional development and on-going clinical supervision. I hold a current Enhanced DBS check.
I enjoy the diversity of my career and the variety of experience that it brings including voluntary/charity sector work alongside my private practice.
My passion is to share my knowledge, continue to learn and use my experience working with people who wish to bring about positive change in their lives.
I see my role as coming alongside the individual, couple or family to witness your journey into breakthrough from whatever challenge has brought them to seek support at this particular time.
Before beginning training as a counsellor in 2000 I had successful careers in sales,marketing,management and training. I decided to re-train as I had always had an interest in relationships, how people think and how to bring about change.
I suggest an initial free 20 minute telephone assessment session to establish whether you feel that my way of working is the right one for you, to achieve your goal. Sessions can be arranged face to face, via webcam, telephone and email.
Frequently asked questions
Where do sessions take place?
Face to face appointments are available at my purpose built premises in Weymouth. Webcam, telephone and email appointments are available worldwide.
How many sessions?
This can vary, it is helpful to discuss in your first counselling session, experience and research have found that generally, 6 sessions is the minimum needed for effective change to take place.
Will my Doctor be contacted?
No' I am bound by BACP code of ethics and unless I have concerns of significant immediate harm to yourself or others , I will not disclose without your permission.
What will be expected of me?
There are no expectations just a hope for you to commit to yourself.
I don't know if I could talk to you?
You might find it helpful and more reassuring to call me and voice your concerns, also the first session should help you decide whether you are going to feel enabled to speak openly with me.
How do I know counselling works?
We will complete regular reviews of our work together , you will be the best judge of whether the process is achieving the results that you hope for.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience working with individuals and groups who had lived with addiction, following this I worked with individuals who had survived crime specifically rape/sexual abuse since then I have gone on to work in various agencies with issues such as addictions, bereavement, bullying/harassment, domestic abuse, HIV/AIDS and sexual health.
I was nominated for a Jersey Community champion award in 2015 for my work within Jersey Community Relations Trust, which supported over 1000 adults that had experienced Workplace and/or Community Bullying.
I work with individuals, couples and groups over the age of 13. I have experience working with issues such as anxiety, bullying/harassment, chronic health conditions, depression, family therapy, infertility, lack of self-esteem/confidence, marriage and relationship issues, stress related issues and management.
I also work with other counsellors offering one to one clinical supervision for members of the helping professions..including voluntary work with Joseph Weld Hospice- Dorchester.
- MBACP 554716 Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- STIF ( Sexually transmitted infection foundation) & STIF Plus
- Advanced Diploma Gestalt Therapy
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate in Counselling Theory & Skills
- Certificate in working with Addictions
- Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervision
- Clinical Supervision in a Hospice Setting
- Working with erotic transference and counter transference
- Working with couples
- Working with Young People & Adolescents
- Working with Disassociation
- Mindfulness based stress management.
- Working with Unconscious Processes
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic pain management, terminal illness and pre-bereavement/loss,
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
Fees and concessions
Full charge is £50.00 per 50 minute session. I offer an initial 20 minute telephone assessment session free of charge to help you decide if counselling is appropriate for you.
After this session, there is no obligation for you to take up counselling with me. I operate a sliding scale of payments and offer discounted rates for Trainee Counsellors, those on low income and/or working towards accreditation with a recognized counselling governing body.
Payments can be made by bank transfer or cash.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that takes place in a safe, confidential setting between a professionally qualified counsellor and a client. Clients meet with the same counsellor and sessions usually take place on the same day and at the same time each week.
Counselling is sharing your difficulties and feelings, in order to help you to find understanding of what has been happening and to enable change to take place.
Counselling is not advisory – you are a unique individual and therefore the only person in your life who can know what choices and decisions might be right for you – is you!
Clients often talk about how sessions help them to explore thoughts and feelings in a way that they are unable to with somebody close to them. Increasingly in our fast paced and technological world; clients say they feel that there is nobody available to talk to face to face and this can lead to a sense of isolation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|