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Isle of Wight Counselling Service MBACP(Reg)

About me

I am a professionally qualified and accredited therapist, with over 11 years' experience, having worked previously in the charitable sector and currently in private practice.

It is my belief that mental health should be a priority in a similar way that we routinely attend to our physical health, yet I frequently hear that a barrier to gaining support is the belief that the problem experienced is not serious enough, or perhaps there is an expectation that it can be managed alone.

Having somebody to talk to can be effective at times both when things are beginning to feel overwhelming and perhaps our usual methods of coping are not proving useful, as well as when a crisis point has been reached.It's not always easy to talk with the people closest to us. Sometimes it may be that there is nobody to turn to for support.

Knowing you're not alone can be a powerful tool to begin the process of change and healing.

People access counselling for many reasons such as struggling in the present with traumatic childhood issues or current life challenges such as family or relationship problems; stress; bereavement; mental health problems; issues around identity or perhaps for personal growth.

I work with warmth, sensitively and attentively; at your pace. Some things take time, especially when they have been deeply held for a prolonged period of time, although sometimes a few sessions may be enough to focus upon a specific issue.

My aim is to put you at ease, I recognise that choosing to book, attend and engage with counselling sessions can be daunting.

I offer a confidential space in my bright and comfortable room in Newport, I am fortunate to have a central yet quiet and discreet location.

Alternatively, outdoor talking therapy may be an option for people who find traditional therapy too intense or formal. Please contact me for further information. 

How Counselling Can help

It is easy to feel stuck and unable to make positive changes despite wishing to do so, to overthink and create a negative vicious cycle. Such thought patterns can impact our ability to see things clearly and can create unwanted behaviours as a means of managing. This can have an adverse effect on confidence levels, self-esteem and may well test our relationships.

Counselling genuinely has the capacity to change lives; taking time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment is the first step to doing so. A confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship can encourage expression, reflection and allow for a new insight or a clearer sense of perspective.

Together we can look at ways of helping you feel and think differently about your life, perhaps you would like to find new ways of coping or consider changes you may like to make.Please contact me if you would like to book an initial session where you will be able to decide whether you feel comfortable to go ahead with further sessions.

Initial enquiries prior to booking an appointment are very welcome; please call, message or email.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked from 2012 to 2020 in the charitable sector providing counselling for children and adolescents; incorporating counselling students' in secondary school and sixth form settings .

I have extensive experience in counselling bereaved children and adolescents and have found this particularly helpful with supporting adults who have suffered an early loss of a parent or significant figure.

From 2013 to 2021 I worked as the counsellor for the local Paediatric Diabetes Service; supporting children, adolescents and their families where there is a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.

I am currently working in private practice with adults and young people.

Prior to training to be a counsellor I have many years' experience working and volunteering with diverse groups within the social care field;in areas such as supporting people affected by homelessness, domestic violence and pregnancy related issues such as post-natal depression and birth trauma,undertaking training and volunteering for the National Childbirth Trust in West Sussex, Home-start IOW as well as providing bereavement counselling at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Newport.

I hold a Diploma with Distinction in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling, validated by Winchester University(2012)

Eco-psychology and nature based practice.  Level 3 Accredited qualification, Natural Academy (2022)

CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion with Private Practice.Mindfulness UK (2021)

ABC Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate .Peter Symonds College, Winchester(2009)

Transactional Analysis 101 (2009)

NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

NCFE Certificate in Understanding Autism

Safeguarding Training

Certificate in Non-Directive Play

BA (Hons) Social Science and Literature. University of Manchester (1995)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

What to expect

The first session will be an introductory meeting to discuss your situation, and to gather some factual information like GP details and your address.

I recognise that this first session can be very daunting and aim to put you at ease. This session will last up to an hour at the cost of £40

  • Subsequent sessions £45 for 60 minutes. 
  • Reduced rates for self-funded students, young people between the ages of 18 to 25 and individuals on a low income. My fees are based on affordability and to be discussed at the initial assessment.
  • Fees payable by cash, cheque or BACS.
  • Available for short-term sessions of up to six weeks or long term/open ended.

When I work

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Further information

  • I am a registered member of British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP)
  • An accredited member of the National Counselling Society(NCS) approved by the Professional Standards Authority.(PSA)
  • I adhere to the BACPs Ethical Framework and NCS Code of Ethics.
  • I attend regular Continual Professional Development events to keep my knowledge up to date.
  • I undertake regular formal supervision with a qualified counselling supervisor to ensure I am working ethically and in the best interests of each client.
  • I hold full Public Liability Insurance a current DBS certificate.
  • Therapy room in Newport is conveniently located in a central position, accessible via public transport with numerous nearby car parks.
  • My room is upstairs so not appropriate for wheelchair users or people with mobility problems. If this is your situation please contact to discuss an alternative venue. Home visits are a possibility.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme