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About me

We can find ourselves trying to cope with difficulties on our own, feeling overwhelmed, alone or unheard which may cause feelings of isolation, anxiety and sadness.  The counsellor and client need to work together for the therapy to work at its very best, it is important you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose to enable you to feel safe, heard, and supported. My hope is to make counselling feel accessible by offering warmth, respect and a friendly, calm and welcoming environment.

I work with adults and young people who have feelings of Sadness, Anxiety, Distress, Hopelessness and Loneliness. GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), Depression,  Panic Attacks, Low Self-Esteem, Low Self-Confidence as well as: Family Issues, Relationship or Work Issues, Bullying, Self-harm, Trauma, Bereavement, Grief, Loss (and more).

It may be that you feel your relationships are not working as you would like them to, perhaps you would like to understand yourself better,  maybe you are a carer or parent of a young person who is experiencing difficulties and would find it helpful to talk things through.

There are many situations where it can be helpful to talk with a counsellor.

I have a wide range of personal and professional experience and believe that with appropriate support we all have the ability to achieve a greater understanding of ourselves and how we relate to others, thereby becoming more able to face and deal with our difficulties. I also believe we each have a unique capacity to find the answers within and so heal ourselves.

I can help people gain a greater awareness of what triggers anxiety, panic and other debilitating feelings. This greater awareness leads to an increased understanding of what is happening and thus help one to feel more in control.

I have 40 years experience in healthcare and trained as a nurse in 1981. I have worked as a Complementary Therapist alongside General Practitioners and through listening and observing clients making changes in their lives, I came to appreciate the value of Counselling and Psychotherapy in supporting people’s overall health and wellbeing.

Counselling is usually shorter term work whereas Psychotherapy is longer term. Both can help by exploring issues from the past which may be affecting individuals in their lives now. Psychotherapy, however, works on a deeper level and profoundly explores the roots of issues.

I work in a person-centred way, which means putting your needs in the centre of any work we do together.  I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Integrative means I work using different approaches that are tailored to meet your specific needs.

I offer a confidential, safe and non judgmental space in comfortable rooms in Brixham, Devon, where disabled facilities are available. I help people work through their difficulties, to help them access their innate positive potential. I also help people gain a variety of new tools and techniques to help them take personal responsibility in choosing to make changes, in order to live a more fulfilling life.

"It can be our greatest gift to ourselves, to give ourselves the opportunity to explore what we want in life and how we would like our life to be. Becoming aware of limiting thought patterns and unwanted behaviours and exploring where these have come from can bring a sense of enormous relief and release."

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the BACP and work within the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) code of ethics, which ensures that I work safely and ethically at all times.

I have considerable experience of working with adults with a wide range of issues and have also worked for 4 years counselling young people within the organisation "Young Devon". I still regularly attend relevant workshops and training and have ongoing regular supervision of my work.

My main qualifications are:

  • Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5 – CPCAB) (2014)
  • Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4 – CPCAB) (2010)
  • CBT - Levels, 1, 2 & 3 (2010)
  • Diploma in Complementary Therapies - and stress management (1997)
  • Reiki (2008)
  • Registered Nurse - level 2 (1981 - 2000)

Additional training completed:

  • A Guide To What Every Therapist Should Know About Working With Psychiatric Drugs - (2020)
  • Counselling & "The Twelve Step Fellowship's" Training - (2019)
  • Working With Anger - (2018)
  • Understanding & Working With Eating Disorders - (2018)
  • Understanding & Working With Shame - (2017)
  • TA101 - Key Concepts Of TA Theory - (2017)
  • Introduction To Building A Coaching Approach - (2016)
  • Working With Relational Trauma / Dealing With Disorganised Attachment (2016)
  • Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery - (2016)
  • Child Sexual Abuse - Hope For Healing - (2016)
  • Attachment Theory Training - (2016)
  • Working With Eating Disorders - (2014)
  • Nature Therapy - (2014)
  • The Transpersonal In Practice - (2014)
  • Working With Clients Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse - (2014)
  • Introduction To Systemic Family Therapy - (2012)
  • Working With Trauma (Somatic Experiencing) - (2012)
  • "Breaking The Taboo" (Working with clients who have experienced suicide) - (2011)
  • Child Protection Foundation Course - (2010)
  • CAMHS Trainings (To support children & young people) - (2010)
  • Tackling Domestic Violence & Abuse - (2010)
  • Sexual Abuse & Related Issues - (2009)

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Counselling or Psychotherapy £45 per hour

Couselling and Reiki £45 per hour

I have some Concessions available - please ask me

Further information

A map and directions are on my website.


The Friends Centre, Hospital, Greenswood Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9HN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme