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About me

Sometimes talking to someone can help.  As a qualified counsellor, with lived experience of Neurodivergence, I can listen to what you have to say and work with you to explore your issues. I work in a Person-Centred way, which means I won't be telling you what to do, or worse, telling you how you feel! You are the expert of your own life and I respect that. 

Instead, I will you with a safe, confidential space to figure out your issues; to find your authentic self, under the piles of 'oughts' and 'shoulds' you may be living under.  Perhaps you are also Neurodivergent (meaning autism, Aspergers, ADHD etc)? Or suspect you may be? Perhaps you are anxious or depressed for other reasons? Through counselling, I can help you explore your issues, develop your self-compassion and help you find your authentic self. 

I work within the Neurodiversity model, which I respect difference in terms of thinking-style.  As well as individuals experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and other life-challenges, I have experience working with Neurodivergent individuals: my training placement was with a small, London autism charity. 

I am also experienced in working with LGBTQiA+ people and have training (and experience) in supporting trans and gender-variant people. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor, with a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which I studied with Independent Counselling Training, Bedford. My modalities are predominantly Person-Centred Counselling with some integrative approaches. 

Before training as a counsellor, I was a carer to my autistic child and was involved with the autism and carer communities for over 20 years.  I have a specialist interest in counselling Neurodivergent individuals and also offer autism awareness training to organisations. 

I have additional training in working with gender-variant and trans individuals.

I have an honours degree in Social Sciences with the Open University

Member organisations

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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Fees

From £35.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

  • Standard fee (Online/phone): £45 per 50 minute session
  • Standard fee (Face-to-face):  £50 per 50 minute session
  • Concessionary fee: £35 per 50 minute session.

Concessionary fees are available for unwaged, students and trainee counsellors. Concessionary fees only apply to online/phone sessions. 

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Further information

In addition to be Neurodivergent, I have lived experience of physical disability and chronic illness. I am familiar with many aspects of disability, including sight impairment, hearing-impairment/Deaf individuals and wheelchair users. I am happy to take clients with mild to moderate Learning Disabilities, provided we can communicate. If you have any additional needs, please contact me to see how I can accommodate you. 

St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19

Type of session

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Types of client

Adults
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Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

For face-to-face sessions in St Neots, wheelchair accessible facilities can be arranged.

Online platforms

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