About me

Working together

If your goal is to create balance, find a quiet sanctuary to explore yourself and start to feel comfortable with what you have to offer life (and what it has to offer you) then I might be the right counsellor for you.

What's counselling like with me?

I work with you as an individual to offer warmth and understanding as well as information and education to help support you to discover what you want your life to be. I offer time that is yours, filled with safety, kindness, help and humour. Whatever you need to bring, however deep the sadness, pain or worry goes, I will be with you. I am a qualified and registered counsellor and also have an accredited psychology degree which means we have the benefit of being able to collaborate and pull in from different areas to find the way to work that feels best for you.

How would you like to work together?

I offer Face to Face sessions in Dorchester from a small, friendly office with plenty of parking space outside and privacy. I also am qualified to offer telephone and Zoom sessions if these would suit you. 

We work out together what you would like and if you want to commit to a certain amount that's ok, and if you want to work in an open ended way that's also ok.

Contact me

If I sound like a good fit for you, please email me and we can arrange a time to chat. I offer a free 20 minute call to talk about what you want and how we can work together. My email is sunlightcounselling20@gmail.com-reach out and see if we can move forward together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Therapeutic counselling and Counselling skills
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic Integrative)
  • Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology (BPS accredited) 2:1 with honours


  • Many years experience working for Adult Social Care, Dorset
  • Experience working for Redlands Counselling Agency, providing flexible cost counselling

Additional Qualifications as required through my Continuing Professional Development can be discussed if you would like.

Member organisations


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.

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My standard rate is £45 per session. Before we commit to this together we have a free 15 minute chat to see how we can work together and if we are the right fit.

For specialist counselling for adults with Learning Disabilities my rate is £50 per session.

I do sometimes have spaces for trainee counsellors at a lower rate- if this is what you are looking for please let me know in our consultation chat so we can talk about this.


I currently have availability on Mondays and Tuesdays in the day times. If you require an evening session please let me know and we can look at what is available together.

Further information

If I sound like the right fit for you, then please contact me, and we can arrange a chat to discuss what would suit you.

There is no pressure, just the chance to see if I can help or help point you to someone who can.



Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

DBS check

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