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I am a qualified counsellor and Accredited member of the BACP, seeing clients at The Practice Rooms near the centre of Sheffield. I have specialist training in bereavement, rape/sexual abuse, trauma and parenting. My clients include young people as well as adults.

I can help you to:

  • find a safe space to come to terms with painful experiences
  • gain some perspective on your life
  • find a way forward if you feel stuck or confused
  • understand relationships in your family and beyond
  • improve your interpersonal skills

My training and experience:

After starting out training to be an accountant in the City of London, I soon moved over to secondary school teaching in 1988 and continued until 2018. In 2007 I decided to train to be a counsellor at Sheffield Hallam University and I qualified with my Counselling Diploma in 2010.

My first area of special training was at Cruse Bereavement Care. After seeing adult clients for a couple of years, I was invited to train to support bereaved children and young people. Eventually I joined the Cruse Trainers’ Register and helped to train other volunteers. The age range of bereaved people I have worked with spans 6 years old through to 82!

In 2008 I was able to begin seeing clients at Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse after completing a rigorous training process. Helping these clients to become more empowered and take control of their lives felt like a great privilege. I also provided therapy part-time as a volunteer at Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service.

I began my private practice in 2010. Clients have been choosing to come and see me since then for a wide variety of reasons. Issues have included bereavement, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, transition to retirement, workplace trauma, anger management, infertility, relationship problems. Sometimes clients knew they wanted counselling, but weren’t sure what the specific issues would be, and they came to me because I had a broad mix of experience, both in my training and in my own life.

Many clients have arrived wanting to talk about parenting, as this is one of my specialist areas. When my son was born in the early nineties, I realised I wanting to be more confident about parenting, so I went on a PET (Parent Effectiveness Training) course. This style of parenting totally matched my own values, and in 2003 I completed the training to become a PET facilitator. Since then I have passed on this valuable learning both to groups and to individuals.

In 2011 I completed the Foundation Course in Art Therapy run by Sheffield NHS trust. This gave me extra insight and skills in helping clients express themselves using creative methods, and I always have art materials available for any clients who feel comfortable or curious about working in this way.

From Sept 2014 to Jan 2017 I studied for an MA in Trauma Studies at Nottingham University - an exciting new challenge.

In 2016 I was awarded the Diploma in Specialist Psychotherapy with Ex-Boarders, led by Nick Duffell.

Between 2016 and 2018 I completed EMDR training Parts 1,2 and 3.

From 2017-2019 I was a tutor for the 2nd year counselling diploma at The Academy:SPACE in Sheffield. Since 2019 I have been a case study writer for BACP.

I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Sheffield.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dip HE Counselling
MA Trauma Studies
MBACP Accredited
Parent Effectiveness Training Facilitator Course
Cruse Awareness of Bereavement Course
Cruse Children and Young People's Course
Art Therapy Foundation Course (Sheffield NHS Trust training)
Survivors UK training course
Boarding School Survivors training course for therapists
EMDR training Parts 1, 2 and 3

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding school issues
Life transitions eg retirement, menopause, coming out, leaving home, having children, downsizing, empty nest

Photos & videos


£60.00 per session

Additional information

Initial low cost no-obligation assessment session is £30, then £60 per session after that.

Sessions last 50 minutes.

Daytime and evening appointments are available.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Flexible appointment times. This suits people who may not be able to make the same time for each appointment e.g. because they work shifts.

Further information

For your peace of mind:

LGBT+ Affirmative

Professionally insured

Member of EMDR UK & Ireland Association

Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA) Approved Counsellor

Some useful links:



https://www.cruse.org.uk/  A bereavement charity

http://www.survivorsuk.org/  Provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Also provides support for their partners/carers




http://www.gordontraining.co.uk/   Parent Effectiveness Training information


I also provide the following courses:

  • "Parent Effectiveness Training" - for parents
  • "Supporting Parenting" - for counsellors and psychotherapists
  • "Dealing sensitively and appropriately with clients who become emotional and may disclose difficult information" - for massage therapists/reflexologists etc
  • "Ecotherapy and bereavement" - for counsellors and psychotherapists
  • "Introduction to Ecotherapy" - for counsellors and psychotherapists

Published articles

The Practice Rooms
5 Broomfield Road
South Yorkshire
S10 2SE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Virginia Sherborne

Virginia Sherborne