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About me

I'm a psychoanalytically informed counselling psychotherapist specialised in work with children and families. I am also currently undertaking a doctoral level psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy course, and I work as a psychotherapist in specialist training within the NHS. I work in both the Sefton and Walsall/West Midlands areas. Currently in my private work I am able to offer online/telephone sessions only.

I am also a clinical supervisor with a specialism in work with children and families.

Training, qualifications & experience

I originally qualifed as an integrative counsellor with a focus on psychodynamic counselling, before pursuing further training in psychoanalysis. I have a Masters in working psychoanalytically with children and families, a diploma in group analysis (therapeutic groupwork), and I am undertaking a further doctoral level training in child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 

I am a member of BACP and a specialist trainee member of the ACP.

Member organisations


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

I have experience providing parent-infant therapy with parents and babies/young children who are struggling perhaps due to parental mental health struggles, post-natal depression, struggling to bond with their baby, or having trouble settling into a new family dynamic.


From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I have some concessionary spaces for trainees and people on a low income.

When I work

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Further information

Psychoanalytically informed therapy is an evidence based approach rooted in developing a relationship with a child and their parents  - it is not an advisory, or directive approach. Following an assessment period, the therapist gives the child and family space to talk about or play with or draw whatever is important to them in their own way and at their own pace.

The therapist will then work together with the child and/or their family to make links between experiences, thoughts, and feelings over time to develop a shared understanding. The aim is that developing this awareness and putting experiences and feelings into words over time will give the child more awareness of themselves and more space to carry this awareness and a developing ability to make choices based on this awareness into their future life.

The way psychoanalytic therapy works practically is that the child and the parent(s) are offered separate spaces with the therapist to join the whole family's experience together. I currently only offer online or telephone sessions and this may not be appropriate for all children and young people.

Psychoanalytic therapists can work with young people up to the age of 25. 

Southport, Merseyside, PR8

Type of session

Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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I'm a counselling psychotherapist specialised in CYP, I have experience supervising individual professionals and groups in a psychoanalytic framework.

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