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MBACP Trauma Informed Psychotherapist & Supervisor

About me

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I am a trauma informed Psychotherapist specialising in anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma.

  • Do you often put yourself down and find it hard to show yourself compassion?
  • Do you not feel good enough?
  • Do you experience anxious and overwhelming feelings, or think the worst is going to happen?
  • Have you experienced a significant loss, difficulty, or trauma and you are finding it hard to move on from this
  • Do you feel unheard, unloved, guilty, or ashamed?
  • Was your upbringing or childhood difficult or traumatic?
  • Were your feelings and emotions ignored or dismissed as a child, whilst other aspects seemed to be positive? 
  • Have you experienced abuse or trauma - you want to move on from this, and live a fulfilling life without confusion, feelings of shame, depression and anxiety?

Who I work with
I work with adults providing a blend of coaching, counselling, and psychotherapy depending on your aims and goals.  
I work with trauma survivors using a blend of Psychotherapy, compassion focused therapy, and polyvagal theory (connecting the mind, brain and body).

I also provide emotional wellbeing and self-belief courses for young people. Visit here for more details on The Believe Package

How can I help you?
I can help you develop a better understanding of yourself and your experience so that you can feel more connected, comfortable, and confident within yourself.
I can help you process and move on from difficult experiences and trauma so that you live a more fulfilling life.

It takes courage to ask for support and I will do all I can to make your experience comfortable and beneficial.

You are in the right place if you would like to:

  • have a safe and accepting place to share your story and experience 
  • have more clarity
  • feel more confident
  • be more comfortable in your relationships
  • achieve your personal goals
  • move on from difficult experiences or trauma

My promise to you:-

  • I will accept you and your experiences unconditionally and without judgement.
  • I will be genuine, honest and transparent in the hope that you feel comfortable sharing your experience.
  • I will listen deeply to you, so you know that I hear your experience.

Most of us experience psychological distress as some point in our lives, and I can help. 

I offer a free, no obligation 20-minute appointment to give us both the opportunity to see if we are comfortable working together, as it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist.

With the nurturing and therapeutic space that I provide, we can work together through any issues to reach a more manageable place for you.

I welcome you to get in touch. Follow this link to book a free initial appointment

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What kinds of Trauma?

• Sexual/Physical/Emotional Abuse
• Physical/Sexual Assault or Violence 
• Attachment or relational trauma 
• Domestic Abuse/Violence
• Bullying
• Traumatic Birth
• Car accidents
• Traumatic Grief - including suicide
• Disasters
• Threat to Life
• Veterans of War

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013)
  • Certificate 1 & 3 Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (2005)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO and BACP approved)
  • Diploma in Life Coaching
  • MIP Certificate in Supervision
  • Rewind Technique for Trauma and PTSD

Other Training:-

  • Anxiety
  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Critical Voice
  • Counselling with Children and Young People
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Addictions
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Building Resilient Families
  • Gender, Sex and Sexuality
  • LGBTQ+
  • Working with Suicide and Suicide Awareness
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Congruence in Person Centred Counselling
  • Relationships
  • Safeguarding Children and Adults (Level 3)
  • Wellbeing at Work

I have been working in the mental health field within a variety of settings, since 2005 including:-

  • Private Care Sector
  • Older people’s mental health (Private and NHS)
  • Physical disability (NHS and Private)
  • Learning Disability (NHS)
  • Primary Care Mental Health (NHS)
  • Secondary Care Mental Health (NHS)
  • Adult Mental Health Carers (3rd Sector)
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling (3rd Sector)
  • Mental Health in the Community (3rd Sector)

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

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£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free, 20 minute, no obligation initial assessment (online-Zoom) -This gives us both the opportunity to see if we could work together. It is important that you get the right therapy for you, and we feel comfortable working together.

Follow this link to arrange a free 20 minute consultation

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When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays-Thursdays between 9.30-3.30

Further information

I am a Registered Member of the BACP which means that I agree to adhere to their ethical framework, I attend professional supervision on a monthly basis, hold indemnity insurance, have a clear and enhanced DBS, and regularly attend appropriate professional training.

Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5

Park Road, Bristol, Somerset, BS16

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DBS check

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All appointments are online over Zoom

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