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psychotherapist/counsellor BPC and FPC

About me

Are you looking for someone you can trust, where it will feel safe?

I have many years experience with a range of issues, where you can be sure of being well supported and understood.  You will grow in self awareness, often realising that your problems have a basis in your past, which is still impacting on your life, preventing you from gaining fulfillment.

I work in a very peaceful and confidential setting, within walking distance of Chelmsford town centre.
Building a relationship of trust with you is of primary importance to me.

Whatever is on your mind, call me to arrange an initial meeting when we can decide together how I might help.

Anxiety and depression, low self esteem and low self confidence are areas where I  can help.  These can impact badly on relationships and your ability to work.

I have expertise in abuse cases and those suffering domestic violence as I have worked for "Women's Aid."

I specialise in relationship difficulties, which includes couple work.  I previously worked as a marriage guidance counsellor for "Marriage Care".

I am able to draw on significant experience from my current work as a psychotherapist/counsellor, as well as in my previous work in Social Care and in teaching. I work with trainees on counselling courses, and I am attached to a Counselling network in Chelmsford.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist/Counsellor, with advanced counselling skills.
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies and a WPF therapy Advanced Diploma in
Psychodynamic Counselling.

WPF therapy is a leading training institution, well known for its clinical and academic excellence.

I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Chelmsford Counselling Foundation affiliated to WPF therapy

I have an Honours Degree in social work, from Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, and a Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate, from Goldsmiths College, London.

I have worked in schools, in the health service and within the probation service and social care settings. I have worked in the voluntary sector as a marriage guidance counsellor with over 8 years experience.


I am  on the BPC register, (The British Psychoanalytic Council) a leading professional body in the country which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, demonstrating a committment to high professional standards, to enhance safety and delivering a better service.
I am also a member of FPC, the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, the academic body of WPF therapy.
I abide by their codes of ethics, and undertake continuous professional development, which is a requirement of membership.

Other qualifications
Certificate in "Working with the Couple in Mind," 2010,
Certificate in Assessment Skills, 2011, both from WPF Therapy, London.

BA in French and History.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Psychoanalytic Council

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I aim to help people  develop their general well-being and confidence and to lead healthier, more enriching lives.
I work with a wide range of issues, but I have expertise in working with abuse victims, and those suffering from damaging environments and relationships.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

Initial assessment interview £50
Ongoing counselling £50
Couple counselling £60

When I work

I currently have a morning and evening space available.

Short term work of 6-12 sessions is available or longer term work dependent on your needse.

Further information

Fees can be paid in cash, by cheque or through BACS.

1 Chelmerton Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9RE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Parking is available, and there is a good bus service nearby into Chelmsford.

Additional languages

I speak French.