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MBACP, MNCS (Accred), BA (hons), PGCE, Post Grad Dip, MA

About me

Hello. I am glad you are reading this, it really is the first step in feeling happier, confident and stronger. You may be feeling overwhelmed with sadness, anxiety, confusion, fear or pain. I may be able to help. I am based in Rodney street, Liverpool, close to transport links. Previous clients have described me as warm, approachable, friendly and trustworthy.

How I can help.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their ethical framework. I am also an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I am an integrative therapist, with a core of Person-Centred therapy, where I provide an environment that is safe for you to feel free to talk. I won't judge you, give you advice, or tell you what to do. You are the expert in you! I will listen to you, and allow you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a confidential and safe space. Once you have an understanding of why you think and feel a certain way, you can gain clarity. It is that understanding that can give you the confidence to move forward. I have been a client myself, and know how difficult it can be to begin counselling. I also know how powerful Person-Centred Therapy can be in helping you to resolve difficulties and build confidence.

What to expect in your first session.

In the first session, we discuss how we may work together. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you. The first session can also allow you to assess if you feel comfortable with me. We will discuss issues such as confidentiality and availability. I will be honest with you. If you feel happy to continue therapy then you will be asked to sign a counselling agreement. You are not tied in to a number of sessions, but can attend as many as you feel you need.

Other training.

I have participated in workshops that allow me to offer strategies from other therapies. This includes Solution Focused Brief Therapy, basic EMDR and Creative Expressive Arts Therapy. Sometimes, it may be too difficult to talk about painful emotions, and using writing or art may help you. However, my focus is helping you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I will be guided by you, listening to your needs to provide the best way to support you.

I currently work with individuals only aged 16 and over.

Please leave a voicemail or email me if you would like to know more information, or to make an appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts
  • MA Ethics and Medical Law
  • PGCE
  • BA (hons) Health

Other relevant training:

  • Trauma professional using CBT, EMDR and Somatic based approaches.
  • Trauma and attachment in children and families
  • Trauma: practical mind and body strategies to heal trauma
  • The psychological and physiological repercussions of trauma
  • Trauma: the importance of orienting and defensive responses
  • Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Working with Bereavement and complex grief
  • introduction to EMDR
  • Shame: the meaning of shame in the treatment of trauma
  • Working with people with dementia
  • Pesso Boyden Therapy
  • Certificate in working online
  • Depression and Low Mood
  • Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Thinking about Sibling Issues
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Basic Safeguarding Awareness
  • Autism Awareness
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Child Criminal Exploitation: raising awareness
  • Harmful Practices of forced marriage, honour based
  • Working with clients with long-term health conditions

In addition to my own practice, I work as a counsellor in education. Previously, I worked as a counsellor in two charities, one with young people (16-25), and the other a women only charity of all ages. I have worked with young people, adults and older adults on different issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, panic, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, family relationships, stress, transgender issues, child sexual abuse, baby loss, health difficulties, life transitions: such as entering education or work, or dealing with retirement and unemployment.

Prior to counselling I taught psychology, guiding students as they dealt with the stress of study and the transition of a new, exciting, but challenging environment. I also worked in the NHS supporting young people and adults, mainly helping them to build the self-esteem and confidence they needed to live the life they wanted. I have worked in some form of supporting capacity for over twenty years. I offer training on relevant therapeutic topics to groups of counsellors and to organisations, both to qualified counsellors and to trainees.

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

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Additional information

£50 per 50-60 minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Some early evening appointments available from 5pm.

Oasis Rooms, 39 Rodney Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9AR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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