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PG Dip MBACP(Reg.)
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 31st August 2022

About me

Hi! I'm a counsellor and psychotherapist working in Stafford and north Staffordshire, and online and on the telephone. You may be considering counselling because you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed, in pain or trying to work through grief. Perhaps you need to feel more confident, or find a you that feels, well, more you.  Perhaps something happened that you've never been able to understand. Perhaps you're feeling sad or depressed, or feel so anxious that its impacting on your day to day life.  Perhaps you don't know what's wrong.  By helping you to explore and identify your feelings, I can help you to better understand what you need to get through what's troubling you.  With me, all emotions are valid and are important clues as to what you need.  We'll work together to understand them and help you make small changes that can make a big difference. With me, you can create your own 'ripple effect'.

I work with adults in both short-term and long-term work. I am an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, which means I'll draw on different approaches to help you with what you need, when you need it, but you'll be in charge on what we work on and when. I'll never push you 'too far.'

While I have experience of helping people with a range of issues, my specialist areas include:

  • bereavement and grief
  • loss
  • abuse
  • health issues and illness
  • depression
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • relationship and family issues
  • trauma
  • anticipatory grief
  • self-identity
  • self-confidence
  • self-esteem
  • social anxiety
  • anger
  • loneliness
  • self-exploration
  • ecotherapy - working outdoors to help people heal through connecting with nature as a co-therapist. This includes walk and talk therapy and more immersive practices to harness the healing and exploratory power of nature.
  • working with disabled people to empower them in an 'ableist' world working creatively, using natural objects and other creative objects to help you tune in to your thoughts and feelings.

Interested in getting started? Your first session is free and acts as a way for us to get to know each other, for me to understand your goals for therapy, and for you to see if I'm the right counsellor for you.  If I am, we can then arrange the first session. You can email me to get started or find out more about the first session at .  I look forward to helping you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling: Distinction (training in all core approaches to counselling)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling: Distinction
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sports Science : 2:1
  • Further training includes:
  • Training in therapy outdoors with The Centre for Natural Reflection. This approach views the environment we live in as a living system and part of the therapy process.
  • Training in affirmative therapy with people with disability/impairment
  • Training in outdoor therapy and walk and talk
  • Resourcing the child within us
  • Working with difference and culture
  • Working remotely 

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Death anxiety
  • Palliative care

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From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • Free initial online or telephone consultation
  • £40 per session for most (10% off all sessions booked in July and August)
  • I offer a limited number of lower-cost sessions for people in hardship (low income, or benefits for example), trainee counsellors and students. Please make it clear that you are asking about these places at the time of booking.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer in person, telephone and online sessions Monday to Friday, and can also offer outdoor therapy/walk and talk sessions at the weekend.

Further information

I am insured to practice therapy outdoor for those clients that feel they would benefit from therapy in a more natural environment.

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My therapy rooms are at The Therapy Quarters ( directly opposite Newcastle-under-Lyme bus station. The downstairs therapy room is accessible to those using wheelchairs (video coming shortly).

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