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Registered MBACP

About me

I am a mature counsellor with significant experience in working with adults using the psychodynamic approach, in a warm and person-centred way. I have over twenty years experience of counselling and related work in the caring professions. Formerly I worked as a residential social worker. More recently I have worked with issues of mental/emotional health with BUPA, the Alzheimer's Society, Age Concern and Victim Support, in addition to the IAPT service at Mind with clients referred by their GP.

Training, qualifications & experience

BTEC Professional Development Diploma in Counselling (Foundation degree level FHEQ 5 and a BACP accredited course).

I have also completed extensive training in domestic abuse, attachment issues, sexual abuse, self - esteem, assertiveness and issues around anger.

Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I undertake continuing professional development and monthly supervision.

I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Carers' issues

Menopause and peri-menopause

End of life issues

Health-related issues


Personal development and life choices

Loss of all kinds, including loss of trust

Separation anxiety, abandonment issues, inner child

Perfectionism and procrastination


Low self-confidence, low self-esteem


£35.00 per session

Additional information

£35 per one hour session.

The number of sessions is dependent upon the needs and requirements of the client.

When I work

Normal office hours. Some evening and weekend appointments are also available.

Further information

I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice and am fully insured.

Colchester, Essex, CO5

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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