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About me

  • Specialising in counselling for children & young people aged 11-25.
  • Particular interest in neurodiversity and gender dysphoria in young people.
  • Where appropriate, I can offer short-term, solution-focused counselling.
  • My integrative approach allows the counselling to be tailored to your needs

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Integrative Counselling Diploma (2016).
  • 7+ years' of counselling experience.
  • 10+ years of group facilitation, training, and teaching experience including: relationships and sex education for teens, adult learners, group therapy, 1:1 support for young adults with autism, and more.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £45.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • £45 for online sessions.
  • £50 for children and young people 11-25.
  • £55 for adults over 25.

Further information

  • I have been volunteering for a local men's mentoring organisation, A Band of Brothers, since 2014. We work with young men who have become involved with the criminal justice system, or who are leaving care. 
  • I'm also a counselling tutor, and a father of one.

Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21

Type of session

In person