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Adv Dip MBACP (reg)

About me

I specialise in helping people understand the causes of stress, anxiety and depression, to better manage and cope with the symptoms and to feel better.

​I am a relaxed qualified professional who is kind, warm, empathic, authentic and will never judge you. I naturally and warmly focus on what you want to tell me about and help you to make sense of it all and feel better.

You may be feeling:

  • stressed
  • anxious
  • depressed
  • frightened
  • isolated
  • angry
  • rejected
  • guilty
  • shame
  • judged
  • nothing at all, just numb, traumatised by adverse childhood events, or events as a young adult, adult or the cumulative effects of all 3

You may feel you have nobody to talk to and no way to express yourself freely and safely. You may fear that nobody understands or gets you, and be getting lots of 'you should's', 'you ought' and 'you need to' advice. You can tell me, I am very easy to talk to and I will never tell you what you 'should', 'need', or 'ought' to do. You are the expert on you.

We will build a trusting relationship, which is the most important part of successful therapy.  We will do that in a confidential, safe, non-judgemental environment where together we will explore your thoughts, emotions, feelings and if you are willing find a new self awareness which is the catalyst to change.

Counselling and psychotherapy can be an enlightening and liberating experience. It may help you become more self aware of the impact negative thoughts, feelings, events and relationships have on you. Exploring the deeper origins of all this with me, may help you understand why you feel the way you do, your barriers and develop a deeper self awareness of your own needs and how to meet those needs.

You might:

  • want to make a change in your life
  • need some help so you can identify the steps required
  • need to talk through what you would like to achieve and how
  • be looking for meaning and purpose
  • be looking for clearer sense of your own identity.
  • feel lost
  • be having relationship difficulties and feel trapped, confused, anxious, fearful, bereaved.

If you want, I will work with you to help you develop different ways of thinking and feeling which can help you better regulate your emotions, communicate more clearly to yourself and others and maintain a balanced integration of thinking and feeling. Being able to develop a stronger sense of self and live more in the here and now, with meaning and contentment can be a powerful and life changing outcome of our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Certificate in Counselling - Iron Mill College
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College
  • Transactional Analysis 101 - Iron Mill College
  • Safeguarding Young People - Eddystone Trust

Continuous Professional Development (Accredited):

  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts & the Inner Critical Voice
  • Relationships & Aspergers
  • ADHD, Anxiety Disorder & Recovery
  • Bereavement
  • Attachment

I integrate my approach with other theories and philosophies such as Attachment, Psycho Social Development, Hierachy of Needs, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Logotherapy, Existentialism, Mindfulness and Trans Personalism. Ultimately, I work with you to establish an approach that you feel works for you.

I have worked in charity and community settings providing counselling and psychotherapy services to people from many walks of life.

I have worked providing emotional support for victims of crime and have extensive experience of working within the Criminal Justice System in other roles. I have acted as an Independent Advocate for young people and have experience of working with young people on the Autistic Spectrum in these settings.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

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

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I understand it can be difficult to reach out for help, so I make the contact we have easy. You can contact me via text, email or phone call and get a sense of me, how I work and decide whether I am a fit for you. At the same time I can get a sense of what is going on for you and we can talk together about how to move forward.

​My hourly fee is £50 per hour. I have a small number of lower cost places for Counselling Trainees and those on a limited income . Fees for these can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

When I work

My practising hours are 08:30 to 18:30 Monday to Thursday

38 Thurlow Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3EG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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