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MA MBACP Dip Hyp CS Cert Couples Counselling

About me

Hello! Thank you for visiting my profile.

I combine my training and professional experience with compassion, and life experience, to provide counselling and therapy in a welcoming, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

I am a fully qualified counsellor in Nottingham and alongside my professional qualifications I also hold the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. I work as a counsellor in West Bridgford, which is easily accessible by car, bus and tram from surrounding areas such as West Bridgford, Mapperly, Arnold, Sherwood, Ruddington and East Leake. As well as good transport links, there is ample free unlimited parking on the road outside where I work.

What can Counselling and Therapy Do For You?

You may seek counselling or therapy for a number of reasons. You may not know what brings you here, just that there is something not right, or missing.

Or there may be so many thoughts and feelings inside you that you don't know what to feel or think anymore.

I can work with you on an open ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

In general people come to counselling because they have experienced, or are experiencing one of the following:

Domestic Violence

Family Issues

Sexual Abuse

Spiritual Crisis




Addictions (Substances/Gambling/Shopping/Psychic Addiction)


Feeling lonely

Relationship issues

Loss of identity or status

Affairs or Betrayals

Children leaving home

Concerns about sexuality


What is happening with you may not be on this list. Please understand - if it bothers you then it's important - and you can bring it to counselling.

What is different about counselling with me?


Although I currently only work with individuals and couples aged 18 and over, I have counselled people aged 5 to 86, spanning a wide range of issues and situations. I provide Couples Counselling to explore a wide range of relationship issues, as well as working individually with people.

However, experience has taught me that no two people are alike so I work differently with everyone. In this way your sessions are always tailored to you and what you bring.

Everybody is different and people express themselves in different ways. Some people want to talk. Others find it difficult to talk about what is bothering them straight away and need to draw, use clay or photographs of their life to open up what is happening with them.

It is important that you express yourself in the way you want to, so I take time to find out how we can best work together, and how you are most comfortable expressing yourself.

Whatever you bring, and however we choose to work together; you will be received with warmth, without judgement and with honesty.

I am currently expanding my library of books which either I have found useful, or clients have told me have helped them.  Some of these I lend out to clients.  For information on these, please look at my website.

About Me

It is important that you feel comfortable with any counsellor you work with, so thanks for taking the time to read a bit more about me.

Several years ago, when my daughter was very young, I was widowed. This brought about feelings and thoughts which seemed almost impossible to manage. I sought, and found a really good therapist. This changed my life and, eventually, helped me to decide to follow the path of helping others today. But I know how hard it can be to contact a counsellor. To feel that there is something really wrong with you because you need to do this; to worry that the counsellor may judge you, may not understand you or think that you are silly for feeling the way you do.

It's OK.. I've been there.

I have a special interest in the areas of grief, loss and change. But grief is not just about death. Grief can occur with the end of a relationship; a loss or change of job or home; children leaving home; or the arrival of a baby.

Or you may be a couple whose relationship is struggling. It may be that even though you talk every day about everyday things; who's going to do the dishes etc, you never really talk anymore. You can't remember the last time you went out together like you used to and you feel so alone. Or it may be that one of you has has an affair or is seriously tempted to and the feelings around this are terrible.

All of these, and many other life events can cause a change of identity and status that can bring feelings that are difficult to manage.

In our society, there is a pressure to push our grief aside - to "get on with it". Yet, ultimately these feelings will surface elsewhere. I believe strongly that mind, body and spirit are linked - we may become ill because of the 'dis-ease' which we feel at the things that have happened to us.

It doesn't have to be this way.

I have worked supporting people in various agencies for several years; from the Probation Service to Social Services, and within the last few years have worked as a Counsellor for Age Concern, Connexions and Relate.

If you have any questions - any at all (it doesn't matter how trivial or silly they seem to you), email me or phone me, and we can talk with no obligation on your part.

NEW - I have recently started writing a blog, accessible through my website, where I am writing about things that clients have told me they struggle with, or want to know more about.  If you'd like to know more about this, and suggest something I could write about, please take a look at the blog on my website. at

Training, qualifications & experience


8 week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
BACP Certificate in Proficiency
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (with Distinction) - Chrysalis
Counselling Children - The Relate Institute
MA Counselling Practice (with Distinction) - University of Nottingham
Working with anger in therapy
The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children
Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) Level 3 in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills

In addition, I am on the Register of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psycotherapy, and am fully insured with Professional Liability Insurance.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Single parenting
Spiritual crisis
Relationship Issues
Couples Counselling


Additional information

£50 - Individuals
£55 - Couples
£45 - Students undertaking recognised counselling training

I offer a FREE initial telephone consultation to help you and I decide if I am the right counsellor for you.

My counselling practice is based in West Bridgford.   I work from a peaceful and calm room with large, comfortable sofas for you to sit on, with a hot or cold drink ready for you on arrival if you wish. 

If you are not in Nottinghamshire, I can also provide Skype Counselling sessions, if we both decide that that is appropriate. which has ample FREE parking outside. It's central location means that there are good city transport links to areas in the city such as Lenton and Mapperley, and within easy reach of suburbs such as Netherfield, Sneinton and Ruddington.

St Clement's House, 61 Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 5BE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults