Life can be complicated; throwing all sorts of obstacles at us. Sometimes we just need to talk to someone who will listen without judgement; who does not 'give advice' but simply holds the space for reflection, growth and development. It takes courage to make these first steps.
I work with young people and adults, including couples, across a broad range of client concerns such as anxiety and general anxiety disorder, bereavement, depression, family and relationship issues through to addictions, phobias and trauma. I compliment my private practice with working for social services and Barnardo's as an Approved Adoption counsellor. All ages, disability, gender, race, religion and sexuality are treated with respect and dignity.
I use an integrative approach, along with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, which focuses primarily on the relationship between client and therapist. This is built around trust, respect, safety and empowerment. Kindness and compassion are fundamental. I am also trained and qualified in EMDR therapy which is an effective method and NICE approved way of working with trauma. My work is client led as only you know how you feel. Certain counselling styles suit some people more than others, so I draw from a number of models to provide the right support for you.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018).
Do feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns at any time. All communication is confidential. I aim to return all email enquiries within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc Counselling (Integrative) - University of Greenwich; Award: Merit
ACE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory - Peter Symonds College, Winchester
Certificate in CBT with Heart - Adrian Hemmings Associates; BACP Endorsed
Certificate in Counselling Young People - Alton Counselling Service
Certificate in Couples Counselling - Basingstoke Counselling Service
Certificate in the Fundamentals of Working with Couples - Juliet Grayson; COSRT Endorsed
Mindfulness (MBSR) course - Barbara Boxhall
EMDR Level 4 - EMDR Works
Counselling Children, Young People and Young Adults - MindEd BACP
other training is listed on my website
BA(Hons) English & History
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Alongside my private practice I currently work for social services and Barnardo's as an Approved Adoption counsellor who also offers family support (Attachment Focused Therapy). In addition, I have worked in education for over 25 years.
Barnardo's Adoption Service Certificate Supplier Number: 79583
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Families in the justice system
- School issues - from pressure to meet targets, exam stress to relationships with peers
- Self esteem
- Work / life balance
From £35.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
£45 for 50 minute session of individual therapy
£40 for 50 minute session for children, young people and students
£60 for 60 minutes session couples therapy
£70 for 90 minute session EMDR therapy
Low cost sessions are available depending on circumstances.
20 minute no charge initial consultation is available either face to face, by telephone or online to discuss how we can work together and whether I am the right counsellor / psychotherapist for you.
Monday 09:00 to 20:00; Tuesday 09:00 to 20:00; Wednesday 09:00 to 20:00; Thursday 08:30 to 20:00; Friday 08:30 to 19:30
- Enhanced DBS for Adults and Children checked (formerly CRB check) - available for viewing).
- Regular supervision in line with BACP guidelines.
- Regular continuing professional development (CPD) conferences, courses and workshops to keep up to date and increase my skills - please see my website for a full list.
- Professional liability insurance with PPS.