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MBACP, Adv.Dip.Couns

About me

If you are struggling with shame, social anxiety or low self-esteem, please get in touch and we can talk about how I can support you. I offer telephone and video counselling, as well as a limited number of face to face sessions.

I understand how hard it can be to take the first steps to talk to a counsellor and I will be sensitive and non-judgemental in supporting you through this process. I offer friendly and welcoming counselling sessions, where I aim to explore with you the issues which you are struggling with. Living with shame and anxiety can be overwhelming and can be related to traumatic life events, such as a past abusive relationship, which you are struggling to come to terms with; or it may be from early childhood. Experiencing trauma and abuse can make it difficult to regulate thoughts and feelings, leading to low mood and anxiety. With a compassionate approach, I will work with you to look at how past events or relationships may still be impacting on you and how to move forward. I believe that by giving words to our thoughts and difficult feelings, that this can be the first important step towards healing.

I am an Integrative Counsellor, so I draw on different counselling theories and approaches to best suit your needs. I work in a person-centred way, which means I am directed by you and the pace you want to work at. I also value creativity and mindfulness, and may sometimes use these in my counselling sessions, but only if this is something you are comfortable with.

I have a broad and varied working experience, having worked with both young people and adults. I’ve worked in the voluntary sector, supporting people’s mental health through art and with adults in a centre providing low cost counselling. As well as running my own private practice, I also work in a GP surgery offering time limited counselling sessions.

In my private practice I only offer sessions to age 18 and over.

If you would like to discuss setting up an initial session, please do give me a call or drop me an email and we can talk about what you hope to get out of counselling. After the initial session we could arrange further sessions if you would like to; these can be weekly/fortnightly.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Foundation Course in Art Therapy
  • BA Fine Art
  • BSc Environmental Studies

Member organisations


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


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45 per session

When I work


Hands On Health, 16 Victoria Road, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1DL

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client


Key details

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