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About me

Life can be a challenge, especially now. As your therapist, I can offer you a secure and trusted space to bring your needs and concerns. I believe that therapy should lead to a “step change” where my clients become able to make an immediate difference to the way they think and their relationships with others. I work to build trust and empathy and strive to understand the world from your perspective. I can help you to understand that small changes to the way you see things can have a major impact on how you feel.

Training, qualifications & experience

My extensive experience is that everyone’s starting point is different and so I don’t have a “standard” approach. A strong relationship with your therapist is the foundation to connecting with unresolved thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears. As I get to know you, I work with you in a way that suits you and your unique situation. I am a pluralistic therapist, using a range of tools and techniques which enables me to provide a relationship filled with understanding and deep acceptance. This starting point brings the opportunity for change which can lead to transformation. The fulfilling and satisfying life which you want and deserve really can be yours.


  • MSc in Counselling
  • MSc in Psychology

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

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

When I work

My  availability is on a flexible basis, including some evening and weekend appointments.

Further information

Taking the first step on your therapeutic journey may seem daunting. I offer an initial 20 minute consultation with no obligation to help you to decide whether now is the right time, and to guide you on finding the right therapist. After this, my usual sessions are 50 minutes each week or fortnight by video or telephone for the first 6 weeks. Please contact me by phone or email.

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults