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About me

If you are finding life hard you may be feeling anxious, uncertain, empty, unhappy and be having relationship issues. It can be difficult to take the first steps to do something about it, but being able to talk in confidence to someone accepting, supportive and non-judgemental, who is outside your situation, who can offer a different perspective can be of great help.

I am a qualified, registered BACP counsellor. I can work in a variety ways; together, we find a way, therapeutically, that suits your needs. I have broad experience working with many different emotional and relational difficulties. 

Usually, our initial contract will run for six weeks, and then we will review the counselling process together, and decide about further sessions.  Normally we will meet on a weekly basis at a regular time.

I welcome adults, older adults and young people, to a comfortable private room in Surbiton.  Otherwise, I also offer telephone and online counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • FdSc - Humanistic counselling.
  • Registered member MBACP.
  • Schools counsellor.
  • Specialist mental health practitioner with students in higher education.
  • Private practice from Surbiton (SW London).

I also have broad experience working with neurodiverse individuals, for example APD, ASD ADHD.

Working collaboratively we find a way that suits your specific needs. This can be solution focused (including CBT) or exploring some of life’s deeper difficulties. I have experience with:

Stress, work-related stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger management, family difficulties, child related issues, internet addiction, trauma, abuse, bereavement, loss, addiction(s), social anxieties, loneliness, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, affairs and betrayals, gender dysphoria, sexuality, generalised anxiety disorder, life transitions, physical abuse, emotional abuse, low self-confidence, medical conditions, childhood trauma, loss/crisis of faith, group work, economic difficulties, class and culture difference.

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

Surbiton, Surrey, KT6

Type of session

In person