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About me

People choose to come to counselling because they want to feel better, but they don’t always know what they want or what to expect. The counselling service I am offering is friendly, professional, confidential and discrete. I provide an honest, non-judgemental space to hear your thoughts and feelings, and my aim is to help you understand your world better. I won’t give you advice but will help you find and explore your choices.

I can offer two streams of counselling: Brief therapy, which offers you the opportunity to work towards an identified goal within six sessions, and long term therapy, which enables you to work over a longer period of time and explore more deep seated issues.  I work with all age groups (post 16) and I have experience with a wide range of issues.

Counselling is usually thought of as a talking therapy however sometimes creative techniques are useful where words are not enough. I am confident to work with clients who want to use visual techniques such as drawing and symbolism to illustrate their thoughts. As well as art therapy methods, I can also offer creative visualisation and relaxation techniques to help bring about the inspiration that is needed to move forward.

I originally trained in Person-Centred theory, and have since developed a more integrative approach, drawing on other models of thinking, this includes psychodynamic, where people may find it useful to discover that current problems may be linked to beliefs, feelings and experiences of the past. When we become more aware of how the past influences our present day circumstances we can start to make more intelligent choices about how to move forward.

The initial appointment gives you the opportunity to meet me, to talk about what has prompted you to seek counselling and to decide if counselling is for you. It is the time when you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the service I am offering. This is a free session with no obligation. My counselling room is situated in a quiet, peaceful, tranquil location which is not overlooked and cannot be overheard.

Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email. I would be happy to talk to you about my therapeutic approach and answer any questions you may have about counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychotherapeutic Counselling Diploma
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

My fees are £45 per 50 minute session, some concessions are available.

Gillingham, Dorset, SP8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme