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About me

Hi, thanks for taking a look at my profile. Most of us, at some point in our lives, will experience feelings that are difficult or uncomfortable to live with. It can be linked to a specific event or sometimes it just creeps upon us. There may not be an obvious reason for how you're feeling but something is preventing you from leading a content and fulfilling life.

This is where counselling can help. Talking things through with an experienced therapist can offer insight into what might be causing the distress or discomfort while feeling supported and understood by someone who is on your side.

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. That means I do not follow one designated approach but tailor the support I offer according to the needs of the client. Although my work is located in the present, I do explore the past to help understand what might be affecting how someone is feeling in the present day.

As your personal counsellor and psychotherapist, creating a therapeutic relationship that allows me to understand your story is paramount. I see a strong, trusting relationship as the core of what work is undertaken.

If you are interested in taking things further then please visit my website or send an email and we can set up a free telephone consultation where i can hear from you why you think counselling would help and what you are looking to get from it.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked in a GP surgery providing therapy directly to patients in a primary care setting and in schools, colleges and universities providing support and therapy to all students, including those with special educational needs.

Previous to counselling, I worked as a fully qualified special educational needs teacher.  I am a registered member of the BACP and I maintain an Enhanced DBS certificate.

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • PGCE in Education
  • BA (Hons) English Literature

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

Areas of counselling I deal with


Additional information

Free initial 15 minute telephone conversation with no obligation to continue.

  • Standard 50 min session: £60

When I work

I am currently offering online and telephone sessions.

Please contact me to check which days/evenings are available.

Further information

  • Online and Telephone sessions.

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit , or contact this professional directly

I am currently offering face to face, online and telephone sessions. Sessions are scheduled throughout the day.

Online platforms