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MBACP - Specialist Couples Counsellor

About me

I am a specialist Relationship/Couples counsellor.  I work for Relate Hampshire in a number of locations and offer private appointments for those who need a more flexible service.  I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Feeling truly valued and understood by your partner inspires confidence, happiness  and optimism. If, however,  your relationship isn’t working, you feel your partner does not care or has let you down, you can feel huge anger, hurt, loneliness and sadness.

Any number of external pressures can affect the quality of your relationship.You may be considering therapy because you’re in crisis. Perhaps there has been a painful betrayal or loss of trust. You may feel you’re constantly bickering, or you may simply have noticed a gradual loss of connection or intimacy with your partner.

When you’re feeling hurt and disconnected, conversation is needed. Sadly, conversation can easily spiral into old, unhelpful patterns, triggering further upset, fighting and withdrawal. My expertise lies in enabling you to speak and listen to each other with empathy and respect. With my support and intervention you can heal old wounds, rebuild trust and restore or strengthen the bond between you. My goal is to equip you with skills that will make you feel confident about overcoming future difficulties together.

Agreeing to come together to therapy is a significant first step towards improving your relationship. It saddens me that clients sometimes endure many years of increasing unhappiness before coming for therapy, rather than seeking help when problems first occur.

I understand that coming to therapy can be daunting. I will help you feel at ease as quickly as possible. If your partner is reluctant to attend with you, don’t despair. Although it is preferable that you attend together, with the support of a skilled and experienced practitioner, changes made by one partner alone can transform the dynamic between you.

It’s important to find the right counsellor for you so I suggest organising an initial phone conversation (without commitment or charge) so that I can answer any questions you may have and we can discuss whether I can help.

Please visit my website for testimonials and more information about my practice:

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons English & European Literature – University of Warwick

Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills – Peter Symonds College

FdA in Humanistic Counselling (Distinction) Based on Transactional Analysis – Peter   Symonds College/Middlesex University – accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling – Relate – accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

I have many years of experience which began by supporting bereaved people for CRUSE (the bereavement charity). After completing my training in humanistic counselling, I spent a number of years as a  counsellor at the University of Portsmouth’s Student Wellbeing Service and the Portsmouth Counselling Service. My work with clients at these services cemented my belief that the quality of our relationships determines our overall happiness and well-being.  This motivated me to train with Relate in Relationship Counselling and to go on to specialise in Adult Relationship or Couples Counselling.

Professional Ethics

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to the association’s ethical framework and code of practice.  Registration with the BACP demonstrates that I have undergone rigorous training and am continuously expanding my professional learning and expertise in line with the organisation’s guidance on Continuing Professional Development.

Additional CPD includes:

  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Training Course
  • Diploma in the Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Working with Anger in Bereavement
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
  • Compassion focused Therapy
  • Teaching Clients Mindfulness skills
  • Gender awareness and Trans Client Training
  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Understanding Addiction and Recovery
  • Abuse – What, When & How to Respond
  • Attachment as a Therapeutic Modality
  • Integrating Attachment and Family Life Cycle Concepts and Theories
  • Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
  • Working with Shame
  • Integrating Evolutionary Psychology & Neuroscience into Practice
  • Working with Trauma
  • Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mental Health: Awareness
  • Depression: A Compassionate Approach

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information


I offer appointments in the daytime or evenings during the week and on Saturday mornings.

Sessions last 1 hour and cost £70

Further information


My practice is in a tranquil and private rural location within easy reach of Winchester, Alton, Basingstoke and Petersfield.

Four Marks, Alton, Hampshire, GU34

Farnham, Surrey, GU9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults