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About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced therapist and supervisor specialising in working in Higher Education, and with children, young people and their families. Issues I encounter in my daily practice are varied and include depression, stress and anxiety, self-esteem, parental separation, illness in the family and bereavement.

I have a particular interest in interpersonal, intercultural and relationship issues, the impact of life challenges and transitions on our sense of self, issues with self-worth and loss of meaning in life.

I have been a team leader for the charity Blue Smile in Cambridge and have worked for several years with staff and students at the University of Westminster in London. I am currently the welfare adviser and student counsellor at Queens' College, Cambridge.

My therapeutic approach is broadly psychodynamic, but interventions are always adapted to the individual needs of my clients. I pay attention to what may be going on under the surface and to the ways past experiences can shape our current lives. Most importantly, I aim to develop a therapeutic relationship that is collaborative, caring and trusting.

As we go through different stages in our life we experience challenges and transitions, some of which we may struggle to understand and manage. Our development as individuals and the process of self-awareness that comes with it are far from linear.

Counselling can offer a safe space in which to explore what is getting in the way, so that we can come up with options and a renewed sense of purpose and direction in our life.

Therapy with young people focusses on a variety of issues, both personal and study-related, such as procrastination, low mood, relationship issues and self-esteem. I am trained in short-term, focussed work with students and staff and welcome referrals from Colleges and Universities.

Central to my approach to working with children is the use of art materials, as a tool to facilitate the expression of emotions and experiences that may otherwise remain unspoken or unprocessed.

I have supervision for all my practice and I have engaged in recognised CPD activities each year since qualifying. I am fluent in English and Italian and happy to work in both languages.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP, accredited register no. 048611) and with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
  • Accredited Diploma in Supervision, Cambridge Supervision Training (ASIIP).
  • MSc with Distinction in Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents at Birkbeck College, London. Member of the Birkbeck Counselling Association
  • 'Couples as Parents and Parents as Couples' (3-months course), Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
  • Advanced Training in Group Processes, OPUS, London
  • Prior to training as a therapist I worked in Higher Education as a teacher, supervisor and translator.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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 Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Psychoanalytic Council
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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Appointments are usually weekly and last 50 minutes. 

I offer a free telephone or online consultation to help you decide if you would like to book an appointment with me.

I offer concessions to trainee counsellors/therapists and students. Please ask when making an enquiry.

Further information

My consulting room is located in the heart of Cambridge opposite King's College, in a new therapeutic centre that provides a confidential, professional space for our clients. 

Alongside individual therapy I offer consultations to parents to help with communication and with the challenges they may encounter, especially at times of transition and change.

I also provide training in mental health and education to schools and colleges. Some of the workshops I facilitated cover issues such as: Developing Mentoring in School; How to Manage Difficult and Sensitive Conversations with Children; What is Childhood Wellbeing; Child and Adolescent Development; Mental Health in HE.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information. 

8A Kings Parade, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1SJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Additional languages



In person

I offer individual and group supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists at various stages in their careers, from trainees to experienced therapists.

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