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About me

I am a person-centred therapist trained to deal with a range of issues covering anxiety, stress, relationships, family, work issues, self-esteem and depression.

In this busy world we often find ourselves overwhelmed and struggling with concerns that need clarity and insight. Having to deal with past problems or current challenges can have impact and affect your life. Seeking counselling is often the first step in wanting an understanding and awareness of our attitudes and behaviours with which we are struggling.

The opportunity to talk and be listened to in a safe, supportive and confidential place with empathy can allow your journey to begin.

I offer a calm and non-judgmental place in which you can be listened to and and talk freely. Time to explore feelings, thoughts and behaviours can help promote personal growth and balance.

Sessions will be client-led, non-directive and can be open-ended or to a set number of sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA Hons (First) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and BACP accredited Diploma of HE in Counselling.  I have and have been in practice for the last two years, also working as a school counsellor in a local secondary school with an enhanced DBS.

I initially started out as a holistic practitioner in reflexology, indian head massage and massage and found that my clients embraced this time and space to talk about issues that were bothering them. Being able to talk freely in a private and supportive space enabled me see how therapeutic people found this. This led me into studying to become a person-centred counsellor over a 3 year degree course.

I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP 869859)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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


Additional information

My fees are £50 for a 50 minute session.

Concessions are available for those in receipt of benefits or students.

I am happy to talk and meet with you for a free 20 minute consultation to see if you feel we could work together. The therapeutic relationship is imperative for effective therapy and I want you to feel comfortable and at ease.

When I work

I am available for day time appointments and also some evening appointments.  Please contact me for availability.

Further information

I work from a private clinic just outside of Colchester on the Mersea Road.  There is a private car park available and it is also on a bus route.

Colchester, Essex, CO2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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