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MA Counselling, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

About me

I'm a compassionate, caring Accredited Member of the BACP that strives to 'meet' you in your world. I work to help you untangle your difficulties so that they become more manageable. I can then help you to acquire new perspectives &/or new skills to help you overcome the issues that you face.

The way I work

I attempt to work in a straight forward manner, keeping mumbo jumbo to a minimum and I can work in a variety of ways to suit your situation. In the sessions, there is no magic, no hocus pocus. I strive to really listen to your story and to understand your position. I listen for patterns in your story and if appropriate offer you an alternative perspective that might enable you to gain a new understanding of your story ... or yourself ... or both. I am particularly interested in your relationships ... to yourself, to those who have helped to shape your personality, those around you, the wider world and our counselling relationship as we work together.

I'm a Relational Integrative Counsellor which means that I blend theory and techniques from the major schools (Humanistic, Psychodynamic & CBT) of psychotherapy.  My integrative approach looks to utilise creative techniques which can help to reveal aspects of your story that is hidden in your subconscious. Additionally meditative techniques can be useful to combat the symptoms of a wide range of issues.

That said, these are your sessions and your journey, so you are always in control of the direction we take and the vehicle we use to get there.

I can offer face to face sessions based in Pontcanna, Cardiff or online sessions using secure email software.


As of October 2011:

  • 93% of my clients return after an initial session.
  • On average my clients work for 7 sessions.
  • 76% of my clients complete their work in 6 sessions or less
  • 87% complete their work in 12 sessions or less.
  • I also have experience of working with clients in a long term approach.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Education & Training

My MA in Counselling from the University of Wales, Newport (completed in 2010) focused on the role of intense personal development upon my model of counselling.

My Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Wales, Newport (completed in 2009) is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have completed (in 2009) training provided by OnlineCounsellors to allow me to offer counselling in an online environment.

In 2013 I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision studying at the University of South Wales.


I'm currently self employed, having established my own private practice - Sunflower Counselling Cardiff.

I have counselling experience in a variety of settings including: Newport University Counselling Service; a secondary school in Cardiff; and a charitable general counselling practice based in Newport where I remain involved in the role of Treasurer.

My varied experience has given me access to a broad spectrum of clients. I have worked with adolescents, students, doctoral academics, members of the general public including both professionals and the unemployed. I strive to meet each client in their world.

I've also been employed by University of Wales, Newport in the role of Visiting Lecturer in order to deliver counselling skills to undergraduate students.


I'm a BACP Accredited Counsellor that is committed to the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

Face to face session

  • £50 for a 50 minute session

I'm a Pru Health recognised provider of Counselling & Psychotherapy

When I work

Mon - Fri : 10 - 4

Further information

After a successful seventeen year career in IT, I decided that it simply wasn't enough. I wasn't satisfied, so I started a journey of transformation involving deep personal reflection and soul searching. These journeys take courage and I sincerely hope that you find the courage to take your own journey and that you find the support you need to sustain it.

Good luck with whichever path you choose!

With best wishes,

Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

In my supervision sessions I strive to create a supportive learning environment which will allow my supervisees to explore their client work in order to provide a better service and to ensure adherence with ethics and best practice.

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