About me

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 aged 18 or over and offer short or longer-term general counselling.

I also offer counselling for 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 trained at the Wealden Institute where I gained my Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. Humanistic counselling is based on the belief that each person is the expert on themselves and their condition. The integrative approach I practice blends a few theoretical approaches, person-centred, gestalt, transactional analysis and Egan’s skilled helper model. 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 general 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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Obesity, People of larger size


From £45.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free 30-minute introductory zoom or telephone meeting for us to talk about what you are seeking and how we might work together. 

My fees are £45 for a 50 minute session for general counselling and £55 for eating disorder counselling or obesity sessions.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

39 Silverdale Road
East Sussex
BN20 7AT

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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