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Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am a qualified and registered counsellor with over 15 years experience, and I am an Accredited Member of the BACP.

I offer my therapy services via telephone and video, in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

How I work:

When troubling thoughts and feelings are kept inside, they are often difficult to make sense of. I will provide a safe space for you to express those thoughts and feelings so that they seem more ‘normal’ and therefore easier to deal with. 

I believe the power to change is within all of us, so I am committed to helping you overcome your difficulties and move towards a richer and more fulfilling life. I won’t judge you, as others (and perhaps even yourself) might have. Together, we will explore your options, and I will support you in making the positive changes in your life that you seek.

When you contact me I will respond promptly, by email, text or phone - whichever you prefer. I will offer to call you (at a time that suits you) for a free, 15 minute consultation. This will give you the opportunity to find out if you feel comfortable working with me. Then, if you decide you would like to proceed, we can arrange an initial appointment.

People often ask how long will the therapy be? The sessions themselves are around 50 minutes in duration. But in terms of the number of sessions, it varies from one person to the next. For some, positive and lasting change can be achieved in just a few sessions. For others it may take longer to get to the heart of their concerns. It’s important to bear in mind that you are not locked into a process; we will go at the pace that feels right for you and you can finish when it suits you.

If you would like to know more about my counselling service, or you have any questions about what therapy entails, please feel free to get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) Master Practitioner Diploma

I have over 15 years experience working for charitable counselling agencies and in private practice.

In 2012 I gained Accreditation status with the BACP. Accredited counsellors are those who have demonstrated that they are meeting a wide range of criteria, set to recognise high standards of knowledge, experience and development.

Additionally I am a Registered member of the BACP. The Register is a quality mark of accreditation by the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care.

In 2015 I qualified as National Centre for Eating Disorders Master Practitioner, therefore I am trained to work with people who have concerns about their weight.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I undertake employee assistance programme (EAP) work.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

My fee is £50 per session.

Session rates for NHS employees will be discounted by £10.

Further information

I am able to offer day time and evening appointments.

Hornchurch, Essex, RM12

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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