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Integrative Psychotherapist & Bereavement Counsellor

About me

I went into psychotherapy because I knew I wanted to emotionally support people when they need it. It is something that I have always felt I could do, quite naturally. I feel that my life experiences have given me a good foundation to do this. I also understand how difficult even contemplating change can be, and to have someone you trust, who will not judge or criticise, you can make that journey a lot less stressful, and at the same time help you feel heard and understood. Having experienced therapy myself as part of my training and as a client some years, I understand what a big step, going for psychotherapy, can be.  

Even more so, it can be daunting experience to seek a psychotherapist or counsellor, and something which you may have never done before. I understand how this can bring about feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. That is why, with each session, I set out to provide a calm, safe, and confidential place for you to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings around the issues that you bring, without any expectation. I aim to support and guide you to a place that is more comfortable for you, where you can begin to feel more confident and self assured. 

I am not here to judge, but to listen with empathy, and I do this by using an integrative and flexible approach to the issues that you bring. This means I use a number of different therapeutic skills to support you and be able to integrate my knowledge and experience with your needs as we work together. I have spent the last 20 years working with people of all ages, who have had a number of difficulties to work through, including anxiety, depression, PTSD (including complex PTSD/trauma, baseline/essential tremors, phobias and much more. I have worked in schools, in adult and youth offending, with Victim Support and in community programs implementing social, educational and psychological interventions. 

If you would like to get in touch, the first thing to do is to email, text or call me to arrange to speak on the phone. If I do not answer my phone please leave a message with your name and number, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I am often with clients but do feel reassured that I will reply soon. 

I am in the rural village of Chartham, on the St Augustine site, near Canterbury. It is a quite and very peaceful location. My therapy room is in my home, where the room is private and confidential, and the first room you come to, making it easily accessible. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Ad. Dip. Psy. C - Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Bereavement & Loss with Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Working Directly with Trauma
  • Lecturer in Psychology at Canterbury College
  • Cert Hyp CS in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills
  • Associate Lecturer in Psychology at Canterbury Christchurch University
  • MA in Criminology
  • TA with SEN children in an SEN school
  • Certificate in RJ - Restorative Justice Facilitator
  • BSc in Psychology
  • COSA Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Youth Offending Panel Support Worker
  • Victim Support Worker

Member organisations

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Holistic approach 
  • Relaxation and working with the physical body as well as the mind
  • Breathing techniques including mindfulness and meditation
  • Bereavement and loss 
  • Small group bereavement work (please enquire about groups coming up).

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per session for a full 60 minute hour.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Availability changes all of the time so it is best to contact me to see what the current availability is.  I do sometimes adjust my working hours to support clients in the best way I can. 

12 Tower View, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7TQ

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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There are no steps outside or into my therapy room. You enter via the front door and turn immediately left into the therapy room.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom