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BA (1st Class Hons) Integrative Counselling MBACP

About me

Welcome!  Life can be difficult at times with different challenges facing us at different times in our lives.   By acknowledging this you have taken the first big step towards change! I understand that are feeling lots different emotions right now, particularly around what to expect, but I would like to reassure you that you are not alone and in choosing to work with someone takes courage!  You have taken the first step along the way to gaining clarity and insight into whatever may be troubling you.

A little about me...

I understand just how challenging and painful life can be at times  However, I believe that it is through difficult and painful situations that we grow and, given the correct environment, these painful times can serve to enable us to flourish.

As an Integrative Counsellor I am able to draw upon different theories and styles to support you in therapy, according to your individual needs and wishes.  In broad terms, I am able to work using different approaches - for example, Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

However, despite these different approaches, it is the relationship which has been proven to be the single most important factor in the healing process - I truly believe that the counsellor-client relationship is the most important aspect in bringing about change and quote the words of Irvin D. Yalom:  "It is the relationship which heals", a solid, trusting, non-judgemental relationship.  I offer a calm and sensitive approach to support you and enable you to explore any worries and concerns from the past, present or future.  This then provides you with the opportunity to gain increased self-awareness and the confidence to make any changes in your life.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to the guidelines of their ethical framework.  I am also a member of the Suffolk Association for Counselling.  I also attend professional developmental courses and meet regularly with my supervisor to ensure I am able to work in the best possible way to meet your needs.

In addition to my private practice, I volunteer with the Ipswich Hospital at the John Le Vay Cancer Support Unit.  I have also volunteered for MTCIC (Mentis Tree CIC - Acorn Counselling) working with a broad range of clients experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence/low self esteem, concerns with ageing, relationships, OCD and many more.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and also a member of the SAC (Suffolk Association for Counselling).

I am DBS checked (Certificate No. 001511389127), fully insured and subscribe to the regulations of the Data Protection Act 2018.

How may counselling help me?

Counselling provides an opportunity for you to explore your concerns in a safe space where you can talk in complete confidence, without fear of being judged. It is an equal relationship where we work together to explore your concerns, with the aim of enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your difficulties.  Counselling does not involve me giving you advice; rather the aim is to help you to understand yourself and so to be able to make decisions based upon that understanding.

What will be covered in the initial session?

I offer an initial session at a reduced cost of £35; this session gives you the opportunity to discuss with me what you would like to gain from therapy and more importantly to decide whether you feel comfortable with me and that you feel I am the right person to help you.

Where are you?

I work from comfortable premises located in Ipswich which are easy to find, with free parking nearby; alternatively the area is also well-served by public transport.

How long are the sessions?

I offer one-off sessions, short-term and long-term therapy. Sessions last for 50 minutes.

How much do sessions cost?

Sessions cost £50. I offer an initial session at a reduced fee of £35 to give you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right person to help you and thereafter sessions are at a fee of £50, although I do hold some reduced-fee appointments for student/those on low income/benefits.

How many sessions will I need and how are the appointments made?

I offer both short and long term therapy, depending upon your needs.  Sessions are usually booked weekly at the same day and time each week; this means that you can plan ahead, although if this does not suit you we can talk about this.

It is difficult to predict how many sessions you will need - I work by reviewing our work on a monthly basis to ensure that you are getting what you need from the sessions and that we maintain the focus of the therapy.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

Appointments may be available with one week, although at busy times this may be a little longer.

What about confidentiality?

All sessions are confidential within the professional guidelines of the BACP and will be fully explained during your first session.

How do I pay?

Payment is made by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, however small, do please feel free to get in touch - either by email, phone call or text message and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Training, qualifications & experience

FdA Integrative Counselling - University of Suffolk

BA (1st Class) Integrative Counselling - University of Suffolk

Advanced Certificate in Creative Therapies - Life Force

Work Experience -

MTCIC (Mentis Tree Community Interest Company) - Volunteer Counsellor

Ipswich Hospital - John Le Vay Cancer Support Unit - Volunteer Counsellor

CPD Courses:

Gestalt Dreams workshop

BACP Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Impact of Anxious Attachment; Private Practice;

Deep Release Training - Gestalt workshop

MTCIC - 'Brief Focussed Therapy' overview and 'Attachment & Trauma'; GDPR & BACP Ethical Framework

Suffolk Association for Counselling - Abuse, Trauma and Disassociation; Mindfulness;

Dissociation and DID; Body Based Trauma Therapy; EMDR Workshop;

Suffolk Mind - Mental Health and Spirituality

BACP Network Meeting - 'Creative Therapy'

Matrix College - 'Working with Uncertainty' - Ernesto Spinelli

Be Mindful - 'Mindfulness Course'

BACP Hub Courses - Eating Disorders; Trauma; Bereavement; Attachment; OCD; Mental Illness & The DSM; Existentialism; Ageing;

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

In today's society, sadly there is still a great deal of stigma around mental health issues, despite the fact that depression and anxiety continue to affect people of all ages and various times in their lives.  A considerable amount of my work has focussed on depression and anxiety disorders, panic disorders and phobias.  I

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer an initial session at a reduced rate of £35 to give you the opportunity to decide whether you feel comfortable enough to be able to work with me and if you feel I am the right person to help you.  Our relationship is an extremely important part of the healing process and must be an honest, open and trusting relationship.

My fees are £50 for a full session lasting 50 minutes, although I do offer a slightly reduced rate for students.


Please visit my website at

Alternatively, you can email me at - (or click on the EMAIL ME link at the top of this page) or telephone/text me on 07388 689812.  If I am unable to take your call please leave a message and I will get back to you at the earliest possible moment.

When I work

I am available Tuesday - Thursday 8.00am - 3.00pm.

Further information

I practice from a comfortable, newly refurbished room on the first floor in Foxhall Road, Ipswich. There is unrestricted parking in the adjacent side roads close by and local buses run from the town centre and stop across the road from the premises.  There is also access to a toilet.

311A Foxhall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8LQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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