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About me

Many years experience as a Couples and Family Counsellor have helped me understand the challenges in relationships. Affairs, life changing events, communication, depression, bereavement and loss, anxiety, domestic abuse might be what you want to talk about with me; however it could also be a feeling of low self esteem or that all is not right in your relationship and you're not sure why not or what to do about it.

I work with individuals, families  and couples. I offer face to face counselling and supervision as well as Zoom and telephone sessions.  The counselling I offer covers new, through to longer term, relationships and marriage, as well as separation and divorce; I also work with family issues arising from babies and children, teenagers, step parents, grandparents, in-laws, elderly dependants etc who are looking to improve interaction and communication.

Part of my work involves facilitating groups of separated/divorced parents who are instructed by the Family Law Court to attend a Separating Parents Information Programme (PIPs), in which the focus is on how best to help the children and reduce conflict.

I have also done further training on working with 10-18 year olds, which has enhanced my skills base.

I want clients to feel safe to talk about issues that are troubling them, so, after the initial assessment, I aim to work at a client's pace and in a style that suits them, be it supportive or more probing and challenging; this can either be short or longer term.I hope to help and guide clients to find ways forward that they can use in their everyday lives. I aim to be flexible with appointments times, given that many clients lead busy lives.

I work using a number of theoretical approaches including psychodynamic(exploring the past to understand how it influences the present) systemic(relationships and interaction within those relationships) and attachment ( patterns of relating to a significant other/s in your life).

In addition to this, I think I bring qualities of warmth and commonsense (and sometimes humour) to a process that can feel daunting.

My consulting room in Hertford has a peaceful atmosphere. I ensure confidentiality and privacy there. I have ample parking space. I am situated just off the A414, and between the A1 and A10, so within easy reach of areas such as Hertford, Ware, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Brookmans Park and Broxborne.

I also work in the City; Old Street, Moorgate and Liverpool street Stations are nearby, as is Bank Underground.

Training, qualifications & experience

- Centre for Advancement of Counselling Certificate Theory and Skills 1988
- Relate Certificate in Couple and Marital Counselling 1995
- Relate Certificate in Supervision 1995
- Institute of Family Therapy (IFT) Year 1 in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples 1999
- British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP) Workshops in Supervision 2001
- Relate Telephone Counselling 2003
- Relate Years 1 and 2 Systemic Practice in Family Therapy 2006
  Young Person's Counselling 2010

I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Counsellor. No:541657

I am a Registered with UKRCP. No:541657

I have over twenty five years of experience as a Counsellor.

I have had a private counselling practice for over 15 years.

I worked as a Relationship and Family Counsellor at Relate as well as a Telephone Counsellor with Relate Direct for six years.

I have added to my experience of working extensively with a range of issues for individuals and couples, by training with the Institute of Family Therapy and Relate to work with families as well.

Member organisations

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information


£65.00: individuals and couples   £75.00: families


£110.00: individuals and couples  £120.00: families

When I work

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: daytime and evening slots.

Further information

I was a Clinical Supervisor with Relate and currently  offer private supervision.

I was a Practice and Personal Development Tutor on the Relate Post Graduate Diploma course.

I originally trained, and worked for over 20 years, as a Speech and Language Therapist, working with children and adults.

Hertford, Herts, SG14

5 Wormwood Street, London, EC2M 1RQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme