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Dip. in Therapeutic Counselling; MBACP (Listening 'Ere)

About me


I am a person-centred counsellor based in Gravesend town centre and New Ash Green.  I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Counselling also known as 'talking therapy' provides the opportunity for you to explore areas of life that may be causing you distress, uncertainty or confusion with a view to developing strategies for coping better.  Part of this journey is about exploring your life in an open way - both present and past - in an effort to discover how you would like your life to be in the future.  As a counsellor I see my role as walking with you on your journey of discovery and I can offer a confidential; non-judgemental; non-directive; safe environment where you can

I am obviously a great believer in the counselling profession - having had my own life experiences where I too have called on personal counsellors for support.  This has happened on several occasions when I have had to deal with e.g long term relationship breakdown; bereavement/loss and exploring the impact of my childhood on the person I am today.

I have experience of working with adults and young people on issues such as: bereavement/loss; anxiety; depression; stress; domestic abuse; anger; low self-esteem and confidence; divorce/separation and trauma.

The counselling offered can be short or long term with each session being 50 minutes long and held on a regular weekly or fortnightly basis.

Recent Testimonials:

'A brilliant experience leaving me in a positive place.'

'The experience was very helpful to me in dealing with my issues.'

'Counselling helped me see within myself, to identify and sort out problems from my past. I identified my 'inner child' and have been able to come forward in a way I could only dream of and never expected to achieve. For this I am eternally grateful.'

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills

Introduction to Counselling Children and Adolescents

Certficate in Youth & Community Work (YMCA National College)

Short courses:

The Power of Choice (VisionWorks for Life)

Introduction to Safeguarding Adults (MCH/NHS)

Understanding Self Harm & Eating Disorder in C&YP (Healthy Teen Minds)

Grief Support for C&YP (6-16yrs) and their Families (Holding on.....Letting Go)

Working with Attachment Theory

A New Way of Thinking about Addiction

Working with Personality Disorders

Working with Eating Disorders

Write In - (writing & poetry in therapy)

Working with Trauma

Introduction to Couple Counselling

Understanding and Supporting people with Autism

Gender Sex and Relationship Diversity

Mental Health First Aider (Youth)

Behaviour & Emotion Management for C&YP with Autism

Self Harm and Suicide Risk (Adolescents Cert)

Succeeding with Autism in Adolescents and Young Adults

Member organisations


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

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


Additional information

First initial assessment appointment - £30.00

Subsequent 1hr sessions - £40.00

Trainee Rate: £35.00

I am also happy to speak with you on the service I offer before taking up an initial appointment.

By using this webpage I will use your email to respond to any enquiries and to make an initial appointment.  In the future I will only use your email to re-schedule planned appointments if I am unable to reach you by telephone/mobile in the first instance.

When I work

Flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Please feel free to call, email or text to discuss your requirements.

Further information

In my counsellor role I have worked with Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) community members at Rethink BME Sahayak in Gravesend and also at the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester with clients who have been recently bereaved.

I have extensive experience of working with young people in a youth work setting in both Kent and London, and for the past 4 years as a counsellor in a youth project in Gravesend.

West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

I currently have no disabled access but, I am open to discussing counselling at an alternative venue to accomodate wheelchair users.

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