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BA (Hons), MBACP (Accred)
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st June 2022

About me



I am an experienced and accredited counsellor, based in Carlisle, offering a friendly, confidential and professional counselling service to individual clients and couples. My aim as your counsellor is to provide a non-judgmental, supportive and confidential space in which you can feel accepted and understood.

I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues including anxiety and depression, relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence issues as well as abuse and trauma. I have worked with over 100 clients in the past year, for individual and couple counselling and I have worked with roughly equal numbers of men and women. I have over 12 years experience as a qualified counsellor. I also have an additional qualification and training in couples counselling and have extensive experience in working with couples

The counselling approach I use is called Person Centred, which means I won't be analysing you or asking you to talk about things you don't want to. Instead I will be working hard to help you gain new understanding and insight into areas of your life that you may be experiencing difficulty with.  This can help in enabling you to find answers, make decisions, or gain some clarity about how you are feeling.

I offer 60 minute appointments at a private therapy room in Warwick Road, in Carlisle City Centre. It is a quiet and confidential counselling room with access to off street parking and free on-street parking nearby.

  • I offer daytime appointments and I also offer evening appointments until 8pm (weekdays only)

I can now accept debit and credit card payments as well as cash.

Click here to visit my website for more information about counselling and what to expect.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications include:

BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling

Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person Centred Couples Counselling

Advanced Diploma (HE) in Person Centred Approaches to Trauma and Loss

Diploma (HE) in Person Centred Counselling

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist

I have worked with clients in a number of settings including:

  • the University of Cumbria
  • clients in my private counselling practice
  • G.P. surgeries in Cumbria
  • at a charity offering a counselling service for children, young people and families who have experience of rape, sexual or Domestic Abuse.

I have undertaken specialist training in:

  • Couples Counselling
  • Trauma and Loss

Additionally, I have worked in business settings for many years and so feel I can bring some understanding of work-related issues as well as personal issues.

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.

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


From £50.00 to £65.00

Additional information

My fee is £50 per hourly session for individual counselling and £65 per hourly session for couples counselling.

The first session for new clients is at a lower rate so that you can see if I am the right counsellor for you. The individual first session is £30 and the couples first session is £40.

I can now accept debit and credit card payments as well as cash.

Cancellations - 1 working day's notice required otherwise full fee is payable

EMPLOYERS - Looking to arrange counselling for a member of staff? I am able to take referrals from you and to invoice your company directly. Please get in touch so that I can assist you in this process.

Click here
to visit my website for more information about counselling and what to expect.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Appointments are available from 4pm as well as evening  appointments up to 8pm

Further information

If you have a Hotmail email address please add me as a contact otherwise my email back to you is likely to end up in your spam filter.

84 Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1DZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme