With over 22 years of qualified work experience, I specialize in stress, anxiety, depression and relationship issues - including LGBT+ issues and adolescents. I'm currently offering all sessions via telephone or online. I can help you develop an understanding of yourself and others, and provide you with the support to work on the issues you face, facilitating positive change. It is a way of reducing any confusion and enabling choice; it is not about forcing you to take a particular course of action. During the counselling session, I aim to provide a safe place where you can share your thoughts, feelings and concerns in as much detail as you wish. You will neither be judged nor have ideas or opinions imposed upon you.
Confidentiality, discretion and respect are of paramount importance to me, and my approach is friendly and down-to-earth. I am an Integratively trained counsellor which means I draw upon relevant theory and techniques to tailor to each individual.
Adolescents, I have worked for 5 years in an educational establishment counselling young people. It is a period of transition, so many young people struggle with how they feel. If you are a young person and feel sad most of the time and this is affecting your work at school, relationships with friends or family, or you feel like you're just not being you. I will not tell you what to do, but will help you to choose and act on your own decisions.
I have an understanding of LGBT+ issues where I am able to offer a more specialised counselling service for the LGBT+ community for issues such as coming out, coping with confusing feelings, prejudice and discrimination, rejection from family, friends and society and feelings of isolation and being alone.
I offer an initial free, 30 minute appointment. This is an opportunity to meet me and discuss whether continued counselling would be appropriate to your needs and therefore it is without obligation to continue. I offer Saturday appointments, for those with work commitments in the week.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by the BACP ethical framework for best practice. All work is fully insured. I am also a qualified Supervisor.
Over the years I have helped people to overcome a wide range of difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and have witnessed positive changes, with clients making life choices that work for them.
Training, qualifications & experience
CSCT Diploma in Counselling, CORST Advanced Certificate in Couples Therapy, RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills, OXSEM Divorced & Separated Group Facilitator, NHS Stop Smoking Advisor, LINK Adoption Support Counsellor, Student Counsellor in an Educational Setting with young people, Counsellor in HMP Service setting, Stress & Anxiety Management Group Facilitator with Social Services, Fluent Italian speaker with knowledge of trans-cultural issues and Trainer for Multi-cultural Workshops.
A founder member of the local Bedfordshire Area Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and Central Bedford Counselling Service.
CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trans-cultural issues. I am also a group facilitator and trainer.
I am a Supervisor and offer student rates for counselling students seeking supervision.
I also have an office to rent for individuals or groups. It has off road parking, a private entrance, hallway, toilet facilities and an inner office. Pleases contact me to discuss your requirements.
Concessions offered for
To get things started, you can either:
Email me for a free 30 minute appointment to discuss how we can work together
Email me for further information and/or enquiries
Call me to get booked in for your first appointment
You set the pace and I’ll be right alongside you.
I meet with clients in a warm, welcoming and confidential room in a central Bedford location. There is ample free parking and wheelchair access.
Taking that first step to talk with a qualified counsellor can sometimes feel daunting and so I offer an initial, free 30 mins assessment appointment. This is in order that you can meet with me and ask any questions that you might have - with no obligation. If you decide that you would like to continue with our sessions then you can either book a block of sessions or choose to continue on a week-by-week basis. Or if you are wanting to get started, we can book a full 50 minute appointment - please let me know which is preferable.
From £40 for a young person and £55 for couples (on a sliding scale, if appropriate).
Concessions are available for students, NHS staff and unwaged.
Week days, week evenings and Saturday mornings.