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Dip.Couns. C.I.T.D. MBACP Sen. Accred. Counsellor

About me

Hello and Welcome to my Counselling Directory profile.

I appreciate that finding a suitable counsellor can feel daunting at first. &  that making the initial enquiry is not always an easy step. When calling me, It may be that you might get my answer machine, If I am not available, then do please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I am available to do so.

You may be considering counselling as a result of a recent difficulty such as: bereavement, other types of losses such as a change of circumstances, depression, health issues, low self esteem, anxiety and relationship issues - both personal and professional. In addition, our difficulties can stem back to our childhood and we may recognise unhelpful patterns being repeated.

Counselling can enable you to make sense of your difficulties; with the view to bring about change.

I have worked as a Counsellor since 1989 seeing individual adults, (18+) both short and longer term & as you will read below, my professional experience has entailed working in various settings.  I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, whose ethical framework I adhere too.

Note: My counselling practice is situated 10 mins from the centre of Newbury and Thatcham and 15 mins. from Tadley.

Training, qualifications & experience

My counselling orientation is Psychodynamic, which recognises that our early life experiences may contribute to current difficulties.

Training Qualifications:

Diploma in Counselling (BACP Accred. Training course in London)
Certificate in Training & Development (CITD - London)
Individual Accreditation with BACP 1997
UKRCP Reg. 1997
Senior Accredited Counsellor with BACP 2003

Counselling Experience:

I have worked with individual adults in the following environments.

Voluntary Sector
Hospital Staff Counsellor
GP Surgeries
Employment Assistance Programmes (EAP)
Short term Contract with Talking Therapies
Private Practice

In addition, I have the following relevant experience:-

Associate Supervisor for trainee Counsellors
Supervisor for experienced and qualified Counsellors
Therapist for Counsellors on Training courses.
Tutor on a Psychodynamic Counselling Training Course

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists (UKRCP) (UKRCP)

The UKRCP is a voluntary register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists held by BACP. A condition of registration is accreditation with either BACP, COSCA, UKAHPP or FDAP.

Registered practitioners are entitled to be known as a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

If you would like to consider further whether counselling is appropriate, you can book an initial consultation which lasts between 60-75mins. Subsequent sessions last 50 mins.


Initial consultation:    £55
Subsequent sessions: £50

My private practice is a 10 mins. drive from the centre of Newbury and about 20 mins. drive to the centre of Basingstoke, on the A339: (Newbury to Basingstoke Road).

Parking is off road and free.

Further information

I also offer individual Supervision to Counsellors and health professionals -  Colleagues may find it helpful to know that my counselling orientation is psychodynamic.

Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19

Newbury, Berkshire, RG14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Because of the Covid pandemic,I am currently able to offer FaceTime through WhatsApp


In person

I provide Supervision to individual Counsellors & Health Professionals and my Supervisory approach is Psychodynamic in orientation.

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