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About me

I am a person centred counsellor with integration, and I work exclusively online via Zoom. I am a German National who has lived in the UK for the past 21 years, I speak fluent English and German. 

I can help my clients by encouraging them to stay with their feelings, by using a  metaphor, a favourite song or a relatable film.

When a client enquires about counselling, I will contact them within a 24hrs window. I will set up a free consultation meeting in which we can get a sense of each other and whether we can feel a connection.

In the first session we will discuss the counselling agreement which includes session time and date, but also confidentiality and other legal aspects. I will explain how I work, and involve my client by asking whether that would be something they are looking for.  We explore what it is that brings them to counselling, their hopes, fears, and future goals.

My Sessions are lively, and I will give my clients the time and space they need to process what is going on for them, what they would like to explore and how they would like to that. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Therapeutic Counselling Diploma Level 4
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
  • CPD Courses:
  • How to do counselling online - 2020 BACP
  • Suicide Awareness & Prevention Level 2 - 2020
  • Uncertainty : An Existential Perspective - 2021
  • A Matter of Death and Life - 2021
  • The Tribes of Person-Centred Therapy - 2021
  • Practising Existential Therapy - 2021
  • Person-Centred Theory: Working with people with severe mental distress - 2021
  • Relational Depth and Trauma - 2021
  • Working with complex PTSD in Therapy 2021
  • Care Certificate
  • BTEC National Diploma S/NVQ Level 3, advanced GNVQ/GSVQ standard

I have been working for 2 years with people in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse in CGL as a Counsellor. That work gave me a tremendous inside in Trauma work and a better understanding of the effects that drugs/alcohol can have on peoples life's. I am also working with people who suffer from common mental health issues, or any other issues they may bring to the session

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From £25.00 to £40.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

I charge £25 to £40 for a 50 Minute online session and I also have a few low cost spaces available; please don't hesitate to contact me.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

If Evening Appointments are more suitable, we can discuss this in our consultation session

Further information

I am easy to approach via Email or Website, will get back to potential clients within 24hrs; and if I should feel that my proficiency is not adequate for working with specific issues, I am more then happy to guide you towards a counsellor who is.

Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15

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