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MBACP (Accred)

About me

I qualified as a counsellor in 2008 and I currently work in a variety of settings. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, older adults, children and young people. I offer skilled, confidential counselling in safe, comfortable environments in areas of County Durham (Chester le Street & Newton Aycliffe), Newcastle upon Tyne and South Tyneside.

I work from from both a client centred perspective and have recently qualified with Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I like to draw on approaches which are best suited to the individual. My aim is to support the client whilst working towards greater personal understanding. I believe the relationship developed is key to successful exploration and change. I am also able to use creative means to explore issues with clients.

I have experience working with:

- generalised anxiety
- depression
- bereavement and loss
- relationship issues
- workplace related issues
- family issues
- low confidence/self-esteem
- image issues
- carer support
- working with elderly clients experiencing loneliness and life change
- bullying
- abuse (emotional, sexual and physical)
- pregnancy related issues (miscarriage, loss late in pregnancy)
- post natal depression
- living with terminal illness
- emotional eating issues

as well as others highlighted below.

i am committed to my own personal and professional development, and have recently completed a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as gaining my Certificate in Supervision from York St John University. 

I also work with young people age 13+ who have issues with low self-esteem, struggle to feel they 'fit in' to their surroundings and/or who are having difficulty at home - I have found that offering a safe environment to express fears and anxieties in a non-judgemental relationship can lead to greater understanding of where they are on their own journey.

I am currently one of the Directors at The Road Centre Ltd in Chester le Street.  The Road Centre has been a well established counselling service for 25 years providing individual, couple, children & young people therapy. 

Please visit our website at www.theroadcentre.com for further information on locations and more details on what we are able to offer.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
UKRCP Registered Indepedent Counsellor
Certificate in Counselling Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Other therapies available:

The Road Centre also offers children and young people therapy, CBT therapy, supervision, mediation and mentoring.

All therapists who work at The Road Centre are fully qualified and experienced.

For further information please visit our website.


Additional information

Individuals - £45.00 per session
Young people - £40.00 per session (under 18 years of age)
Couples - £60.00 per session

When I work

Monday-Friday appointments can be arranged as early as 8.30 am to 7.00pm subject to availability

Further information

I offer short and long term therapy. I am also an approved provider for insurance companies BUPA and AVIVA. If you would like your sessions covered by your insurance then it is usually best to contact your provider to confirm their criteria. If you need any help with this, please don't hesitate to ask.

Chester Le Street, Co Durham, DH3

Collingwood Buildings, 38 Collingwood Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE1 1JF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I gained my Certificate in Supervision from York St John University in 2016.

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