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Registered Member BACP, Affiliate Member, NCFED

About me

I am currently on study leave and not taking new clients.

I am a personal counsellor and eating disorder practitioner. I offer personal counselling for adults aged 18 through to the later stages of life. I also work with people who have difficulties with food, offering sessions for those with a wide range of eating disorders and obesity.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by their Ethical Framework. I am also an Affiliate Member, National Centre for Eating Disorders.

I chose counselling as a later life career. I have a wealth of life experience having raised my family and lived in many different areas of England as well as spending some years in America. My varied working life included jobs in the voluntary sector, the Civil Service and in large Corporations. I also spent many years as a carer.

I offer to support you as you work through whatever you bring to counselling. I have a warm, empathic manner and a non-judgemental approach. Together we will work to create a safe therapeutic relationship so you can be heard and accepted without judgement and work towards the growth or change you seek.

What I offer

I work with people from the age of 18 through to the later stages of life. I offer short or longer-term personal counselling.

I have specialist training to help people with eating disorders and their loved ones using the approach developed by the National Centre for Eating Disorders and sessions for people with obesity issues.

I am available to work in person from my counselling room in Eastbourne near the seafront, roughly 15 minutes’ walk from the train station, or on zoom or the phone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from the Wealden Institute. Humanistic counselling is based on the belief that each person is the expert on themselves and their condition. My integrative approach blends different theoretical models primarily person-centred, gestalt, transactional analysis. These give me a firm grounding and offer different approaches so we can work in a way that is comfortable and effective for you.

I have a particular interest in Eating Disorders and hold the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) Practitioners Advanced Diploma in Eating Disorders and Obesity Management.  I follow NCFED’s approach to counselling for people with eating disorders, this is more directive than my approach in personal counselling.

My Bereavement Training was with Cruse Bereavement Care.

I hold a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.

I have been working with clients since 2018, initially with Cruse where I supported people with a wide range of bereavements. I worked in placement for Care for the Carers and more recently with Sussex Community Counselling.

NCFED Affiliate Member

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Obesity, People of larger size


Additional information

I am currently on study leave and not taking new clients.

Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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There are 12 stairs to my counselling room.

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