About me

My way of working is to listen, hear what your saying and work with you, to enable you to see your situation differently whether face to face or by telephone.

In my work I find it important to look at patterns in your life where you felt like this before and identify the triggers. I believe that what happens in childhood reverberates throughout our lives.

Counselling treads a fine line between guidance and advice. I’m not a friend or family member. We won’t have coffee. There are no strings to our sessions, no social expectations to our relationship. You can offload to me without fear.

By offering insights and suggesting connections, I can guide you towards a better understanding of you and your behaviours.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
  • BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor
  • Fellow of Counselling in Prisons Network
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Theory
  • Diploma in Supervision
  • Advanced cert in skills and theory
  • Certificates in Skills and Theory
  • Diploma in Psychiatric Studies,
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy and psychology.
  • Diploma in Bereavement counselling

Teaching qualifications:

  • Degree in Certificate of Education,
  • City and guilds 7302 and 7407
  • Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • Certificate in understanding Substance Abuse

I have been awarded a Fellowship of the Counselling in Prisons Network in recognition of distinctive contribution to Counselling and Therapy in the Criminal Justice System.

Supervision is very important to me and to the process of counselling. It is essential to a practice and shows good ethical practices.

I offer training on many counselling subjects see www.cinnabartraining.com

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

Over the last five years I have realised how precious time is. I have rushed about. I have made use of every minute I’ve had in a day. Never giving myself the opportunity to sit and stare and reflect.

When I first started counselling I was taught that reflection is the biggest skill to learn. To reflect back to a client enables them to see their voice and hear the feelings behind it. But there is also a world of value in reflecting to ourselves – and this is something we rarely do.

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Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£30 per hour -counselling

£40 per hour - Supervision

Trainees please contact.


day time, and a few evening appointments. not Friday or weekends

Further information

I published a book for counsellors to work with their clients putting thoughts, feelings and emotions down on handouts. It works by taking it out of the brain and writing it down so you can see what's there.

The Cinnabar Toolkit for Counsellors Vol.1

£30 plus £3.50 p&p available on Amazon

The Toolkit contains 20 beautiful paper-based tools for counsellors and support workers to use with clients. Each tool is accompanied by guidance on its use and a case study based on actual experience with the tool. They cover a variety of issues from anger to addiction, from bereavement to stress and many others.

I have also written about my time in the prison counselling prisoners and the case studies although disguised and a true representation of the clients I have dealt with.

"Journey to Release, Counselling in a UK prison". Mo Smith with Toni Close

Available from all good bookshops inc Amazon.

135 Casterton Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Plenty of parking outside the property, it is easy to access as on a main road. The room is secluded from anyone.

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

As counsellors we all need supervisors to ensure we are working safely and ethically.

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