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MBACP (registered) Dip. CBT Dip. Psychotherapy MSc. Counselling

About me

Finding the right counsellor to suit your needs can be difficult, therefore I offer a free initial consultation to help identify your issues, and for you to learn a little about the way we can work together. I am a Masters Degree educated counsellor and psychotherapist with nearly 28 years professional experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. I have 24 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy, short term (6 sessions) and longer term in GP practices in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset, and in private practice.

I believe that no single counselling or therapy approach suits the needs of a broad spectrum of people or presenting problems and therefore, work integratively using a number of counselling approaches including psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic Counselling, and Transactional Analysis.

I offer a free no obligation initial 30 minute consultation to explore your issues and to allow you to decide whether I am the right thaerapist for you.

I work in Rode (Nr Frome).

I am a reistered member of BACP and work to their code of ethics and practice.

I have experience working with issues including:

Depression, Anxiety and Panic, Stress, OCD, Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addictions, Grief and Loss, Relationship Problems, Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Eating Disorders, Bi-polar Disorder, Bullying, Child Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect), Low Self-confidence, Low Self-esteem, Termination/Miscarraige, Sexuality, Work Related Issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications

Registered Mental Nurse (hons) 1977-1980

Enrolled Nurse General 1982-1984

Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (full time course) 1987-1988

MSc. Counselling (University of Bristol) 1992-1994

Diploma in CBT 2014 - 2015

Professional profile

  • 37 years professional experience in the NHS
  • 27 years experience working with those having moderate to serious mental health problems, emotional distress and as a psychotherapist within the NHS
  • Masters degree educated
  • A wide knowledge of a number of theoretical models of counselling and psychotherapy, both brief and long-term.
  • I have previously held Senior Lecturing and Tutoring Posts at some of the UK’s top Universities.
  • Experience in developing training programmes, a trauma de-briefing service, evaluation tools and counselling systems

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Loss and transition

Job Loss and Redundancy


Support for family members regarding self-harm and suicide

Psychotherapy groups and focussed groups such as:
Overcoming depression
Anxiety management
Anger issues


Additional information

Fees are capped at £40 for a 60 minute session and I offer a sliding scale of fees negotiable at the initial consultation.. My aim is to provide affordable counselling for all in times of distress or for personal development.

I offer reduced fees for counselling to counsellors in training.

I work in Rode (between Frome and Trowbridge) and can be flexible regarding times of sessions. Sessions do not have to be weekly and you have a choice regarding regularity.

An increasing number of Health Insurance Companies are including Counselling as part of their health & well being package - it's worth enquiring to check if the cost can be claimed back.

Further information

I am also a qualified supervisor with 23 years experience of supervising counsellors, therapists and health workers in higher education, the NHS, voluntary and statutory organisations and private practice.

I offer reduced fees for supervision to counsellors in training.

Rode, Somerset, BA11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


In person

I have been practising as a supervisor for 23 years since training at Bristol University.

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