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MBACP (Snr Accred) Bereavement, Trauma and EMDR Therapist
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Rochester, Kent, ME1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi there, choosing a therapist can feel like a daunting experience and, with this in mind, I offer a free 15 minute introductory telephone or zoom session with no obligation to continue.   This short meeting can be used to look at what you might be needing from therapy and what I can offer if you decide to continue. 

Quite often we look for a therapist when we have reached a certain point in our lives where nothing seems to be working or we are needing specific support with a particular concern or issue, or if we have got to a stage where we have just had enough of patterns being repeated that do not make us feel too good about ourselves.  

I have been described as warm, friendly and approachable and I offer a confidential and sensitive space geared to your individual concerns and needs.    Everyone is different and how long therapy is needed for can vary from weeks to many months depending on what is going on in our lives at any given time.

I am an integrative counsellor and counselling supervisor and have a particular interest in bereavement and trauma.   I have worked extensively in the field of bereavement, counselling bereaved adults and NHS staff who have experienced their own loss during and after Covid and I have worked closely with parents who have experienced the loss of their child.

I have also undergone EMDR training which is considered to be very successful in treating PTSD and all types of trauma and I now offer this to those who feel they would benefit from this approach.

If you are already in a counselling relationship and are looking for EMDR trauma therapy it is not unusual for clients to pause their therapy, attend for EMDR and then return to their therapy with their usual therapist.     

I have also worked for MIND counselling adults who have suffered with anxiety, depression, low self esteem and - in many situations - just struggling with the stress of everyday life and living!

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (BACP Accredited).   I am a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Following my initial training I went on to undertake a post-grad Diploma in Integrative Supervision and subsequently IAPT (NHS) Supervisor Training at Surrey University.

  Other training includes:

- EMDR Europe Accredited Training

- Working with dissociative disorders in clinical practice

- Post slavery syndrome and intergenerational trauma

- Working somatically with trauma

- UK/European Training on Addictive Disorders

- Working with Eating Disorders

- LGBT+ Inclusion training

- Divorce Support Group - counselling individuals going through separation or divorce

- Mindfulness

- Bereavement

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Being of Irish origin, I have a very keen interest in cultural and identity issues as well as individual and inter-generational trauma.


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

15 Minute Introductory call - Free

Therapy sessions - £60

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

If you are unable to get through to me on my mobile, please leave a message on my voicemail or email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Rochester, Kent, ME1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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