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BACP (Accred)

About me

Hi and a very warm welcome to my profile.  I am a fully accredited person-centred Counsellor with 20 years experience working with a wide range of issues within the NHS, for a charity supporting people affected by a diagnosis of cancer, and in my own private practice.

Sometimes we don't know which way to turn when we are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, angry, upset, frightened; maybe you don't feel you can talk to family or friends, or worry that you will feel judged or embarrassed.

I will offer you a friendly, safe and non-judgemental space where I will listen to you with an open mind and open heart as you explore your thoughts and feelings about whatever it is that has brought you to counselling.   Feeling really heard by someone who  seeks to understand and feel with you, can be a very validating, healing experience.  Perhaps I can help you unravel and make more sense of something that may be causing you difficulty and help you find a way forward; maybe I can support you in changes you wish to make; maybe you are bereaved or experiencing loss of another kind such as health, job, relationship; or maybe you are seeking counselling to develop greater self-awareness and understanding

I am also experienced in mindfulness.  Mindfulness is about being present to the everyday moments of our life, with a kindly and accepting awareness.  Being mindful can help you become more aware of how your thoughts and emotions can affect your quality of life.  Mindfulness can help reduce psychological distress, increase ability to relax, enhance self-confidence, manage chronic pain,  help us live more fully in the present.

I really value the person-centred approach because I first experienced this as a client struggling with anxiety and years of infertility which resulted in me becoming stuck and unable to see a way forward.  I worried about becoming a burden to family and friends so became quite introverted.   Speaking to someone outside my family and friends was a deeply healing experience for me. The safety, warmth and acceptance I felt in the counselling relationship helped me to open up more and explore the depth of my feelings which I had been trying to deny and suppress.  

What to expect in your first session

Because it is really important that we feel comfortable working together, I offer a free initial phone consultation where we can get to know each other a bit more and I can tell you a little more about the way I work and answer any questions you may have.

I have experience working with both short term and long term clients with a wide range of issues, and we can discuss your needs and frequency of sessions when we meet.

Training, qualifications & experience


Diploma (HE) Person Centred Counselling 2001
Diploma in Time-Limited Counselling 2005
BACP Accreditation 2005
Diploma in Casework Supervision 2007
Integrated Mindfulness Training 2011

Training courses and Workshops:

  • Loss and Bereavement
  • The Power of Acceptance
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Suicide awareness
  • Hakomi - Assisted self-discovery
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children
  • Hope course facilitator


Since qualifying as a counsellor I have worked in private practice, as a volunteer counsellor for a local voluntary agency,  and for the NHS as a Counsellor in the Community Mental Health Team gaining experience working with a wide range of issues.  Currently, alongside my private practice, I work for a local cancer charity as a Counsellor providing one to one and group support to patients and families who have been affected by a diagnosis of cancer.  I am also experienced in working with bereavement,  palliative and end of life care clients and families.  I am a trained HOPE course facilitator (Help Overcome Problems Effectively), a 6 week Macmillan course which is a self-management programme designed to help people overcome difficulties and develop coping strategies to help get their life back on track following a diagnosis of cancer.

I also volunteer at Neuro Dropin Lancaster running Mindfulness Groups and supporting events  - Neuro Dropin is a charity very close to my heart because of family illness and offers a wide range of services and classes to people with neurological conditions including: Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's, Stroke, Acquired brain injury

I am a member of BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, and I am fully insured

I am fully committed to my personal and professional development in order to enhance my practice

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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

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

When I work


Pilling, Preston, Lancashire, PR3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

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