Hello and welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, grieving or experiencing other difficulties or challenges in your life and are looking for a warm, caring, compassionate and confidential space in which to talk about and explore these issues, then you have come to the right place. Please do ring or email me if you would like to discuss further how, or whether I am able to help you.
How I work
Trained as an integrative counsellor and CBT psychotherapist, I work in a down-to-earth, client-led way. My approach is calm, gentle and unthreatening, providing you with a place in which you can feel safe and accepted for who you are and where anything you bring is treated with respect and is held in confidence, according to the terms of the BACP and BABCP Codes of Ethics.
Whether you are experiencing a major challenge, or just need some time and space to make some small changes in your life, you will be accepted in an understanding and non-judgemental manner. We will work together to build up a relationship of trust, through which you feel safe to work on and through your difficulties, so that the possibility of new choices and a way ahead can become clear for you. We will work together in the way and at the pace that is right for you, through talking and deep listening, through using a range of creative interventions, such as art therapy or sand tray therapy, or perhaps through a more directly educational approach such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy if you prefer.
Working with children
Having had a long career in education as a teacher with all age groups, in main stream and in special needs, I also specialise in working with children and young people.
If your child is perhaps, troubled by anxiety, experiencing problems at school, exhibiting challenging behaviour, or perhaps has experienced trauma or abuse, I can provide them with an empathic, independent space to explore and unlock confusing feelings, thoughts and sensations about themselves and their world. Through the use of play and creative therapy techniques your child will have a space to talk about, explore and play out their thoughts, feelings and worries with a skilled and empathic practitioner, enabling them to develop tools and strategies to live their lives more healthily and happily. It may also be beneficial to work with you, their parent or carer, in order to strengthen relationships, provide support and help you to move forward together with greater understanding.
Working with older children and adolescents
For older children and teenagers, life can be very challenging and confusing. Perhaps you are feeling anxious about school, future choices, friendships, family relationships or sex or gender issues. You may have experienced abuse or be grieving. You might be feeling like you don't "fit in", and perhaps have resorted to coping methods which may be harmful to you. You might even be feeling as though life is not worth living and you cannot see a future for yourself. Or perhaps you would just like a place of your own to be able to think and make sense of your world with someone independent, who will listen to you, and take your feelings and thoughts seriously. We can work together to help you find more healthy ways of thinking and coping and communicating, using a range of therapeutic strategies and interventions to suit you. Please come along for an initial assessment session, where we can talk about what is troubling you and how I may be able to help.
I hold an Enhanced CRB check and attend regular safeguarding training to ensure your protection. I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and regular Clinical Supervision to ensure that I am constantly learning, keeping up to date with the latest developments and research and to ensure I am practising safely and ethically. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and adhere to their codes of ethics at all time.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B Ed (Hons) - Charlotte Mason College of Education, Lancaster University
- Advanced Diploma in Education (Open) - O.U. (in child development)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Dartmoor Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Professional Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - Dartmoor Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies Practice (Children, Young People and Families) - University of Exeter
- Supervision Diploma - SPACE
I currently work as a school counsellor in local schools and in private practice with children, young people and adults. In addition, I am a counselling project worker and CBT psychotherapist for Checkpoint, (The Children's Society) in Torquay, working with children and young people 7-18. I have over 25 years experience in teaching children and young people from the ages of 3 to 16, in a variety of educational settings, home and abroad, including hospital and outreach teaching. I began my counselling career working for Childline as an online and telephone counsellor.
Recent relevant training in:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT
CBT for anxiety and depression in children and young people
Child sexual exploitation
Child sexual abuse
Trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy
Safeguarding vulnerable adults
Safeguarding children and young people
Working with LGBTQ+ clients
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £45 per client hour. £65 if more than one person attending.
Supervision at £65 for 1.5 hours, or £45 for 1 hour.
Daytime/Evening appointments available.
Please phone or email me to arrange an initial introductory session where we can discuss your needs in more detail and enable you to meet me, to decide if I am the right person for you.
Short or long term counselling undertaken.