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Registered Member MBACP

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor in different therapeutic approaches who can support you through times that may feel difficult to cope with. Whatever your needs may be I am here to work with you to support you and provide a friendly non-judgemental listening ear.

Sometimes life experiences can feel overwhelming frightening and at times very extreme. This can bring about further additional feelings that can be upsetting worrying and isolating. Feeling isolated and lonely can be difficult to express communicate and cope with. On the other hand you may just want some support to change or challenge the direction in which you are going or have gone. I am here to work with you and support you to find a way forward that feels comfortable and safe for you to access at your own pace and in your own time.

Training, qualifications & experience


I have significant experience working within areas of emotional health well - being and extremes of various kinds.  If need be I can support you to challenge your beliefs and behaviours that you may have outgrown or no longer have any use for. These may include extreme negative thoughts and what can feel like destructive behavioural patterns

I worked within a drug and alcohol treatment facility for several years as a therapist within a group setting. I also devised delivered and facilitated workshops working closely with groups of clients and families who were struggling with addiction and were looking to turn their lives around. This experience and understanding enables and supports me to provide a safe place for what can sometimes be described as addictive behaviour as well as having a very clear knowledge of working with the sometimes extremes associated with addiction. These extremes can be explored fully in safety and without judgement. I am competent and assured in supporting you within all aspects of this area.

Additional significant experience includes a number of years working with and supporting clients dealing with loss and bereavement. Loss and bereavement can feel immense at any time, age or stage of life. I will provide a safe place for you to talk about and bring your feelings of loss out in the open in a way that feels supportive of you at all times.

Working as a counsellor within a Women's Centre for a period of time provided me with an opportunity to develop experience and support individuals and families to move forward with and make sense of various family dilemmas and issues including - family relationship breakdown - dealing with grief and feelings of loss - step-family sibling and parental interactions Throughout my time in the centre I was able to provide a safe place for the exploration of any expectations and issues surrounding such interactions and relationships.

Working with youngsters within secondary education is another area I have significant experience and specialisms within. As well as being a fully qualified counsellor supporting young people through times of trauma and unrest, I am also and have been for the last 30 years a trainer and educator in various educational and training settings. I have devised and delivered various programmes of support through workshops group work and within more prescriptive educational venues such as mainstream schools for 11-16 years.. Presently as well as my private counselling practice I also work some hours within a Special Educational Needs Provision. Within this setting I work closely with youngsters who have decided to move away from and disengage with formal education mostly due to ill health and or mental and emotional fatigue and other such issues. I provide support and a safe place for the youngsters and their families if need be to work through any issues which may be troubling them at the time.

Cancer touches so many lives and can have various impacts on those who are dealing with it directly or indirectly. I have had specific first-hand experience of such matters and as a result feel able to offer a genuine supportive listening ear at the time of a cancer diagnosis and beyond for all those who may be involved and feel they need some support.

Solution focused conversations and counselling is another area I have training within and feel able to fully support a quick and dynamic service within this area if it were to be required.

Professional Ethics

  • I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics.
  • I have full Professional Liability Insurance.
  • I have full current DBS/CRB certificate.
  • I attend regular monthly supervision.


Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
BACP Certificate of Proficiency in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Loss and Bereavement Training
Certificate in Solution Focused Counselling
NMPP Accredited Mentor Certificate
Vocational Assessor Certificate
BA (Hons) Degree
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
CAMHS -Working together to improve outcomes
CAMHS- Teenage Brain

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


Additional information

Initial Assessment - 30 minutes - Free

Individuals - 50 minute session £30

Couples - 50 minute session £45

Groups - To be negotiated

Concessions available

When I work

Day evening and weekend appointments available - please contact to discuss your requirements

Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3SU

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme