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About me

Areas of particular interest:
Anxiety; Bereavement & loss; Stress management & relaxation; Assertiveness training; Spirituality; Couples counselling; Psychosexual counselling; Kink aware counselling; Depression; Self-esteem & confidence;

I have over 25 years experience working as a counsellor/psychotherapist in an NHS general medical practice, various voluntary agencies and also in private practice. I also offer clinical supervision in my private practice. I have encountered a wide range of problems and have worked with clients from a diversity of backgrounds. I have a particular interest in gender and sexuality diversity and have done extra training & development in this area. I am on the approved list of counsellors for Gendered Intelligence, an organisation aiming to increase understanding of trans, gender diverse and questioning people. All my work is supported by regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development.

Training, qualifications & experience

UKCP registered psychotherapist
MA (Gestalt Psychotherapy)
Dip. SPTI (Gestalt)
Person-centred Counselling training
PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate in Education

25+ years experience in private practice, NHS & hospice

Individuals, couples, groups, clinical supervision, consultancy & training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Conscious living/conscious dying


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individuals £50.00
Couples £50.00
Supervision £50.00
Consultancy & training - on application
Medico-legal - on application

When I work

Variable through mon-fri office hours and evenings depending on case load

Further information

I enjoy my work immensely and continue to be inspired by the potential for growth that psychotherapy and counselling offers.  My work with clients is underpinned by several years of personal counselling as well as many years of practising (and teaching) yoga and meditation.  I live in a busy, happy home in the Dales area of Derbyshire with my partner, two teens, dog & three cats. Please refer to my website for further details and call for a no obligation conversation if you would like to explore working with me.

Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4

Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

I have a post-gradute Diploma in Clinical Supervision from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham where I completed my supervision training in 1997.

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