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About me

Are you or a child you care for  going through a tough time? Maybe your child’s  behaviour or feelings of overwhelm are causing real difficulties at home or at school?  You might be feeling unsupported? 

If you feel you’ve reached the point where having someone to listen would help you or your teen then I provide a safe confidential space in which behaviours feelings and family issues can be explored.  It is your choice whether you would like to meet face to face or arrange online sessions.  You will experience the freedom to talk about and make sense of what is making you feel sad, mad, frustrated or anxious!

I work one to one with Parents who are raising children who struggle with their emotions and behaviour, and with teens from 13 upwards. 

I am a person centred counsellor and a therapeutic foster parent. I am passionate about helping others reflect on why we do the things we do and make sense of ourselves.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with a wide range of people as a counsellor and in a supportive role. For the last 12 years I have worked as a Person-Centred counsellor predominately providing counselling for young people aged 13 - 25.

I am a qualified Counsellor, holding a  Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. I love learning and have done many workshops and training days that are relevant for my counselling and fostering:

  • Working Therapeutically with Children
  • Attachment Theory
  • Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Looked After Children
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Health
  • Diversity, Disability and voice of the child
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Resilience
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Promoting Contact with Families
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviour
  • Supporting Care Leavers
  • Young people, Person-Centred counselling assessment
  • Speaking through the Skin – Self Harm and its meanings
  • Recognising grooming behaviours
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression
  • Aspergers
  • Managing Siblings
  • preventing child abuse
  • therapeutic parenting in a nutshell
  • understanding your traumatised child
  • sexualised trauma
  • understanding myself; interactions and reactions
  • managing siblings
  • compassion fatigue
  • interrupting trauma
  • GLBT
  • exploring and understanding syndromes, disorders and survival behaviours associated with developmental trauma
  • implementing initial therapeutic strategies to heal children
  • Implementing advanced therapeutic strategies to heal children
  • an understanding of how childhood trauma impacts social and emotional development
  • County lines and trafficking
  • online suicide training
  • introduction to aces and early trauma
  • working with unaccompanied and separated children
  • Breaking the anxiety loop
  • working with trauma in a time of trauma
  • Supporting families raising a child with FASD
  • person centred active listening FASD
  • birth, adoptive and foster families FASD
  • adults with FASD   
  • The impact of domestic abuse on children
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection
  • Child Development
  • Suicide and self harm

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have many years experience counselling young people and would welcome enquires from those aged 13-25 for general counselling.


£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My standard rate is £40 per 50 minute session payable 24 hours prior to your session via bank transfer. 
We can discuss a reduced fee if you are struggling financially payable 24 hours prior to your session via bank transfer.

I look forward to receiving your phone call, text message or email enquiry and aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

When I work

I currently have availability to see clients face-to-face during the day

Online counselling is also available -  daytime and evening hours available

Further information

I offer counselling from the comfort of my home on Hayling Island. There is parking on my driveway and I am on a bus route from local areas.

Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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