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About me

Welcome! My aim as your counsellor is to provide you with a safe and accepting space in which we can explore the reasons that bring you to counselling, and work together to bring you to a place of healing, growth and restoration. My integrative approach draws on different ideas and strategies, allowing flexibility to suit the needs of the individual. I will work with you to set goals and allow you to set your own pace. I am a member of the Creative Counsellors Association and can bring creative approaches into the sessions, inviting different forms of reflection that can be gentle, playful and challenging.

I offer a warm, friendly welcome to people of all ages and backgrounds. I am an LGBTQ+ affirmative counsellor, and I have worked with young people in a number of different capacities for over 25 years. I am also a practicing Christian. I aim to support you to reflect on your current life, past experiences and future hopes, making changes that lead to a deeper fulfilment and positive future.

I would love to hear from you if you would like to find out more about how we could work together. I offer a free initial session, in which we would get to know each other, and we can discuss what brings you to counselling and answer any questions you may have about the way I work. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, level 5
  • Jt Hons Degree in Psychology and English Literature
  • Ongoing CPD

I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is a professional association for members of the counselling professions. As a member, I am committed to working in accordance with the BACP's ethical framework, which ensures that at all times I am working in your best interest. I adhere to their strict code of ethics and I have regular supervision.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual Session: £40+

Concessions: £30

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently have limited availability for taking on new clients. Contact me for details, as this changes regularly. 

Further information

Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid19, I am currently only offering online sessions, using Zoom.

South Croydon, Greater London, CR2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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