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BA (Hons), Reg. MBACP, BAPCA

About me

Welcome, I am a professional Counsellor/Psychotherapist offering a friendly, confidential, non-judgemental, safe-space to those wishing to explore and understand their life difficulties. I have 16 years experience working in the field which include: relationship issues, anxiety, abuse, low self esteem/self confidence, bereavement, depression, addiction, truama, sexuality, anger, illness and disability to name but a few. I work among peaceful surroundings using a face to face approach where no topic is considered unworthy or too small.

In addition, I've worked as Primary Tutor to university students on a BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy degree programme and curently provide Consultancy/Supervisory support for other professional Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

Unfortunately we can all experience times in our lives where the strength of our emotions seem to overwhelm us - anger, sadness, confusion, desperation, helplessness and despair can ultimately lead to feelings of not coping. Counselling/Psychotherapy is a really useful way to help us make sense of these emotions alongside the root to their presence, thus bringing us fresh understanding and peace.

I do appreciate how daunting it can be to search for a Counsellor/Psychotherapist who feels right for you and this simply reflects your need to feel comfortable with your choice. You may find it helpful to arrange an initial session with your chosen therapist where the time can be used to sensitively look at the things that are troubling you. This also provides you with a 'feel for the process' before deciding to embark on further sessions. This is common practice in the world of Counselling/Psychotherapy and can feel very useful.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any queries regarding my qualifications, experience, or practice.

Should you wish to make an appointment please use the contact details provided (Please note the landline does NOT receive texts) - if I'm unavailable when you call feel free to leave a message containing your name and contact number (as clearly as possible) and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.
Many thanks for your interest and I look forward to speaking with you soon...

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a full member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and bound by their professional code of ethics.

My qualifications include:

BA (1st class) Hons Counselling & Psychotherapy: PCA
Diploma Theory & Practice of Counselling: PCA
Diploma Casework Supervision
Advanced Cert Humanistic Counselling
Cert Couple/Relationship Counselling
Cert Drug & Alcohol Awareness Counselling
Cert Counselling with Groups
Cert Information Advice & Guidance
Registered Nurse (Ret)

Registered Sound Therapist.

Other therapies I have studied include: Gestalt, CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Existential. Sound Therapy.

My experience includes:

Counselling within my own Private Practice.
Counselling both staff and students at Southampton University.
Primary Tutor BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy Middx University/City College.
Supervising the casework of other professional Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

Counselling those caught up in addiction.
Counselling those who have become ill or disabled.

Member organisations


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


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial exploritory session (1 hour) - £50
Subsequent sessions (1 hour) - £50
(1-1/2 hours) - £80

Concessions negotiable for students and those experiencing financial difficulty.

When I work

Weekdays 8am - 6:30pm

Further information

I provide Casework Supervision to other professional therapists.
I provide client support for Employee Assistance Programmes.
I provide client support to the Meningitis Trust and Channel 4.
I welcome enquiries from ex-servicemen and women.

I am a full member of BACP and BAPCA.
I hold professional Indemnity Insurance.
Registered Nurse (Ret).

Christchurch, Dorset, BH23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme