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PG Dip MBACP (Accred)

About me

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my training in 1999 in Kent and completed an 'Introduction to Counselling' course, and was instantly drawn to the ethos and process of counselling. I went on to complete an OCR Certificate in Counselling Skills with Bromley Therapy and Training Centre in 2000.

On moving to Derby in 2001, I studied for a further 2 years on the MA in Integrative counselling practise, and completed both my Post Graduate certificate and the Post Graduate Diploma.

I have worked in private practice since 2003 and have obtained a vast amount of experience in this field. Prior to this I was a volunteer counsellor, for 2 years, working with a broad area of issues.

I also work as a counsellor for a number of Employee assistant programmes, which require a Brief solution focussed approach and I have also spent some time working as an affiliate Counsellor for the NHS within the IAPT programme. I also work for private healthcare organisations such as Aviva.

I attend regular workshops in order to ensure that my practice is kept up to date.

I am also a clinical supervisor and I have spent some time lecturing at the University of Derby, for the MA in integrative counselling practice. I have also been carried out a training programme for a local specialist agency to train Counsellors to work with clients who have experienced Rape or sexual abuse.

Currently I am developing a training course and guide for parents of 0-5 years old to help them to revolutionise their parenting experience, by understanding their child's emotional development and supporting them in understanding and adapting their parent style in order to gain confidence and feel in control of their parenting journey.

For more information please see my website for more details.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Rape & sexual abuse
Low self esteem
Low self confidence

This is not an exhaustive list of areas in which i am able to work.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone or e-mail.


From £50.00 to £75.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Health Assured

Additional information

Counselling - I charge £50.00 per 50 minute session
Supervision - I charge £75.00 per 1.5hr session

Woodlands Natural Health Centre, Queens Court, Woodland Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 1GR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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