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Dip Couns. Reg MBACP. (Accred) Counsellor & Supervisor

About me

I have a small discreet private practice in Strood, Nr Rochester, Kent and I work with young people and adults who come to counselling with a wide range of difficulties. Some of these include anxiety, depression, work related difficulties, childhood difficulties, self esteem, anger, stress, family difficulties, low mood, relationship problems, loss and bereavement and numerous others.

I also have experience of working with young people and adults who are on the autistic spectrum.

I work on a one-to-one basis offering long-term and short-term counselling and can offer evening appointments and some daytime appointments are available.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified, accredited and experienced Counsellor and a qualified Supervisor. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Code of Ethics for Good Practice.

  • University of Kent at Canterbury Certificate in Counselling.
  • University of Kent at Canterbury Diploma in Counselling.
  • University of Greenwich training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
  • Institute of Arts and Therapy in Education (IATE) Certificate in Therapeutic Play.

My University training and practice is Intergrative which draws upon several concepts and theories, including psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT.   I also use sand, creative arts and play.

I have a wide range of experience working with adults, children and young people in a variety of settings. These include:

  • GP surgeries for NHS.
  • at Medway Hospital in the Psychology Department for NHS.
  • for Medway Council working in the Family & Adolescent Team at the Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC).
  • in Primary and Secondary schools, working with 5 years old and upwards for the last 12 years.
  • for Medway Council's Foster Carers offering therapeutic support.
  • Medway Council’s Youth Service offering counselling to young people.
  • Working for Organisations offering counselling to their staff.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

People come to counselling with a variety of difficulties. Some are able to say what the difficulties are. However, sometimes we may feel unhappy or dissatisfied, but don't know why. Counselling can help to understand why we feel like we do or behave as we do. Counselling can help us identify our repeated patterns and create awareness - with awareness we have choices.


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees: £40 for 50 min session.

When I work

Evenings and some daytime appointments.

Further information

If you would like any further information, please call or email me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please call me to make an appointment - if I am not available, please leave a message on my answerphone, which is private and confidential, and I will call you back.

I am able to offer evening appointments and some daytime appointments are available.

Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I am a qualified Supervisor and hold a Certificate in Supervision.

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