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About me

About You

Have recent life events caused you distress, or are your thoughts occupied by events from the past? Maybe you feel discontent, unhappy, or deeply sad, and you do not know why. It might be you feel disconnected from others and relationships may be difficult or troubling. Perhaps you feel quite lonely, anxious, or depressed.It might be you are struggling to cope with a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, stress at work or home. It may be you are experiencing symptoms of the peri-menopause or menopause and you need a space to talk through the emotional, mental health, and physical changes. 

The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways. Restrictions lifting and a return to previous ways of working and living may be welcomed by you, but equally, the return to ‘normality’ may be causing you to feel anxious or overwhelmed. If you are struggling with the impact of the pandemic, and this is causing you anxiety, stress, overwhelm, confusion, or sadness a few sessions of counselling or psychotherapy can help you make sense of your experience.

Whatever it is that is causing you to feel discontent, sad, or confused, it really can help to talk it through with someone who will hear you without judgement.

My Experience

My experience includes working with clients who are suffering bereavement and loss through death by suicide, loss of a child, partner, or parent, miscarriage, abortion, and adoption. I also have experience of working with clients who suffer from work related stress, general anxiety disorder, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, neglect, relationship issues or feelings of loneliness, and coping with sadness

I qualified as a Person-centred Counsellor from The University of Salford where I received the award for ‘Student of the Year for Counselling Subjects’. Alongside my private practice which commenced in 2019, I have counselled clients through the National Bereavement Service COVID-19 hub, Cruse Bereavement Service, Seasons Bereavement Service, Chadderton 6th Form College, and Stockport Women’s Centre. In addition, I have experience of assessing clients for counselling services at the Health & Society Counselling Service based at The University of Salford. Prior to joining the counselling profession, I held leadership responsibility in Human Resources within an educational setting and still contribute to the HR industry.

What I Can Offer You

As a person-centred counsellor, I respect you as the authority on what it is that is causing you unhappiness or distress. I will listen to what it is you need to bring to the therapeutic relationship with understanding and without judgement. I recognise your uniqueness and you will always be at the centre of the therapeutic relationship.

Person-centred counselling is a talking therapy. As your counsellor, I can give you the time and space to explore your feelings, understand what is going on, and discover the person you wish to be. I will listen to you and hear you without judgement or criticism.

As your Counsellor, I will offer you a safe and confidential environment to work through what is troubling you at your own pace.

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For an appointment, contact me via email:, mobile (please leave a voicemail) 07539 141411 and I will respond to you with 48 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am currently training as a Supervisor. 

BSc (1st Class Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice (2019)

Award for Student of the Year for Counselling Studies 2019 (The University of Salford)
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling - Counselling Tutor - September 2020

An Introduction to LGBTQ Awareness - June 2021

Moving Your Practice Online - Online Therapy Institute - April 2020

TA101 Transactional Analysis Certificate (2 day course) July 2017

Minding the Gaps - Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Conference - June 2019

E-Learning        Data Protection - 2019 - Oct 2019

E-Learning        Domestic Abuse - Oct 2019

E-Learning       Equality - Oct 2019

E-Learning        Introduction to Health and Safety - Oct 2019

E-Learning        Prevent in Stockport - Oct 2019

E-Learning        Safeguarding Adults - basic overview - Oct 2019

E-Learning        Safeguarding Children - basic overview - 17 Oct 2019

Creative Therapies   The University of Salford (1 day) November 2019

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with







£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

When I work

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Opening Hours

  • Monday: 9am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 11am - 7:30pm
  • Thursday: 11am - 7.30pm

Further information

I am currently training as a Supervisor for the Helping Professions. Do get in touch for further details.

I have my own counselling practice room in The Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester.  My practice room is quiet and free from distracting noises. Clients comment that it feels safe and comfortable. 

I am a person-centred psychotherapist and I see you as the expert on your experience. It is not for me to say how you feel.  It is for you to share what you can, when you can, and I will walk with you with understanding, empathy, and respect as you explore your experience and find your right path toward self-acceptance and change.

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441, The Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7EP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

I am based in the Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester City centre, close to public transport. Access for all clients is currently via the main reception off St Ann’s Square. Take the lift to the 4th floor. Wheelchairs friendly access.

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