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online and outdoors

About me

If times are tough, you might need a calm and steady space in which to explore the situation you're in. I understand, and I am here to help. Working online or outdoors in a beautiful woodland setting, I offer a warm and supportive relationship as you work your way towards answers.

Drawing on my Humanistic training and influenced by mindfulness and compassion practices, together we will find ways of working which support you in growth and healing.

My practice is trauma-informed and guided by the primary need to establish a sense of greater safety in the body before engaging with challenging emotional work. We will work at a pace that feels right for you as you explore your experiences, deepen your self-understanding, and develop tools to support yourself moving forwards.

If this sounds like what you are looking for, please do get in touch. Call or email to arrange an initial 10 minute phone call to discuss suitability. We can then arrange an inital session, free of charge, which is a chance to get to know me a little and decide if you'd feel comfortable working with me. From there, I generally suggest an initial block of six sessions. This may be all you need, or you might find you'd like to work together for a longer period. I offer both short- and longer-term counselling and we can decide together what will be best for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of BACP. My training is in Humanistic and Integrative counselling. This means that I believe that each individual has an innate capacity for growth and healing, given the right circumstances and support. I also draw on over 15 years of yoga and mindfulness practice and teaching, bringing an understanding of the intimate connections between body and mind.  I have experience working with clients of all ages and genders, and a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues and grief.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

50 minute sessions cost £50, online or face-to-face outdoors. I have a limited number of concessionary spaces available at £35, please enquire if cost is a barrier.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Stroud, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Face to face sessions take place in a woodland setting with some uneven paths.

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