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MBACP/UKCP - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Couples Therapist

About me

There are many reasons why people choose to come to therapy.  For some, it can be a sense of discomfort, an internal struggle, or perhaps an external trigger has pushed you towards seeking support.

Therapy can be an empowering process, supporting you to reconnect with yourself, to notice and take care of your needs, bringing you self awareness, healing, and a deeper sense of security.

I work to provide clients with a safe and attuned therapeutic experience. This gives you the space to look at old patterns of behaviour that are no longer serving you, supporting you to make healthier changes, moving you forward into a place of authenticity.

My main training and theoretical background is Transactional Analysis & Relational Integrative Psychotherapy.

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy for individuals, couples, and groups.

I am committed to providing a confidential, secure, and supportive environment to explore and work through your difficulties.

If you have any queries, or would like to arrange a session please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience


I have been working as a therapist since 2010. 
Alongside my private practice I have have experience working within units specialised in working with those who have experienced sexual abuse/assault and areas surrounding this. I have also worked within prison services providing individual and group Psychotherapy for women who have experienced trauma.

I have extensive experience counselling staff within the NHS, and local GP surgeries. For several years I facilitated stress & anxiety training for staff who work within the NHS.  In addition to this, I spent 5 years working within Mental Health Rehabilitation services.  

I have substantial experience working with people who are Neurodivergent - Autistic / ADHD.  This includes those who have a late diagnosis or are currently on the path to seeking a diagnosis. 

I provide individual and group supervision for various workplace organisations in the UK.  Please see my supervision profile for more details.

Group Therapy

I will be facilitating an online therapy group via Zoom for autistic adults which will run from the beginning of October 2022 - More details to follow. 

Relationship & Couples Counselling

I am a qualified relationship therapist, and have been working with couples, polyamorous & other relationship variations since 2013.
I work with heterosexual relationships & those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Relationship therapy allows you to work through issues in your current relationship, look at how past relationships may be affecting your current one, and explore ways of improving and strengthening your relationships in the future.

Relationship/Couples Therapy Training

• Advanced Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling

• Certificate in Couples Counselling 
• Advanced Certificate in Working with Affairs & Trauma

Cert. TA (Transactional Analysis) and Working with Couples
Cert. Can We Repair After the Affair
Cert. Forgiveness After the Affair
Cert. The Symbiotic Power Struggles in Relationships
Cert. Domestic Abuse Awareness
Cert. BDSM/Kink
Cert. Infidelity & Trauma in Relationships

Psychotherapy & Counselling Training

• Post Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy  (Level 7.  2016-2020).
• Certificate in The Theory & Methods of Relational & Integrative Psychotherapy (2021-2024).
• Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (2008-2012).

• Certificate in Counselling Skills (2009)
• Certificate in Counselling Concepts (2008)
• 101 Transactional Analysis Certificate (2016)
• Advanced Certificate in Trauma Informed Therapy. (2018)
• Certificate in Supervision - Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy (Level 7). 
• Certificate in Working with Eating Disorders
• Certificate in Working with Therapy Groups

Neurodiversity / Neurodivergence Training

• Certificate in Understanding Autism (ASD)/Asperger Syndrome                                    
Cert. The Inner World of Asperger’s
Cert. Introduction to Child Development
Cert. Neurobiology & Human Development
Cert. Understanding ADHD
Cert. Neurodiversity

Short Term Courses
• Foundation Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
• Diploma in Social Care
• Certificate in Child & Adolescent Studies                                                                    
• Workshop: Transgender Awareness
• Workshop: Development of the Self
• Workshop: Attachment Theory & Psychotherapy
• Workshop: Metaphors in Therapy
• Workshop: Psychology of Sexualised Trauma

• Workshop: The Psychology of a Sex Offender
• Workshop: Working Therapeutically with Survivors of Sexualised Trauma

• Workshop: Working with Addiction

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Telephone & Online sessions available, both within the UK & Internationally. 

Supervision for both qualified counsellors, and counsellors in training.

Staff support / Clinical & Reflective Supervision within organisations (Individuals & Groups - See Supervision Profile)

Photos & videos


Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

Session Fees

Individual Therapy Session: £60 (50 minutes)

Couples Therapy Session: £75 (60 minutes)  

Family Therapy Session: £80 (60 minutes)

Supervision Session: £60 (60 minutes)

The fee for group supervision varies depending on the number of supervisees in the group & the duration of the session. 

Group Therapy

I will be facilitating an online therapy group via Zoom for autistic adults which will run from the beginning of October 2022 - More details to follow. 

* Health Insurance & EAP’s are accepted, however fees may vary due to administration costs. 

Telephone and online (Zoom) sessions
are available, both within the UK & Internationally. 

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.  If I am unable to answer your call please leave a voicemail and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.  All calls, emails and texts are treated with the strictest confidentiality. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime & evening appointments are available on weekdays.

Telephone and online Zoom sessions available.

I accept clients worldwide.  

Further information

To ensure I can help clients in the best way possible I enhance my professional practice by regularly working in supervision, therapy and participating in professional learning programmes.

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) & UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines.

I am fully and comprehensively insured.

I hold a current and up to date DBS.

I offer supervision for qualified counsellors, and counsellors in training.
Please refer to my supervision profile. Alternatively contact me via email or telephone for further information.


All therapy I provide is confidential. There are some situations, however, when I will not guarantee this. If I consider you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else I will break confidentiality. However, this is discussed and agreed between us at intake.

Hale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15

5-7 High Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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In person

I completed my Supervision training at The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy in January 2015. I offer supervision for both individuals & groups.

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