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About me

My commitment to you will always be to offer a safe relationship for you to sensitively explore those things which have caused confusion, pain, or damage within your life experiences.  Our work together would be collaborative,  permitting you to discover and trust in your own ability.  The result will be a strengthened and renewed self-belief or autonomy, and so support and improve your life decisions going forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons), Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester

MBACP - Registered Member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Diploma, Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester

Certificate in Counselling Skills - University of Chichester

Workshop Understanding and Working with Trauma - University of Chichester

Workshop Working with Therapy and the Arts - University of Chichester

Workshop Existential Therapy - University of Chichester

Workshop Sexuality - University of Chichester

Workshop Solution Focused Brief Therapy - University of Chichester

Sessional Trauma Counsellor - New Pathways - Rape crisis and sexual abuse support services, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales

Counsellor - All Saints Counselling Service, Portsmouth

Volunteer Counsellor - Solent NHS Psychological Service, Portsmouth

Volunteer Bereavement Counsellor - Marie Curie Hospice, Caterham Valley, Surrey

Group Leader - Weight Watchers UK, Croydon, Surrey

DBS Enhanced Certificate

Combined with my degree, training, and experience, I adhere to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP) Code of Ethics whilst maintaining personal integrity, trustworthiness and discretion towards my clients. I commit to undertake 30 hours of continued professional development annually, to keep myself current and ensuring my clients receive the best possible service and value for money.

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


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer one hour face to face appointments from a comfortable secure setting, located in central Portsmouth. Remote options are either online Zoom appointments, very popular choice, or telephone appointments. I also offer clients  walking therapy for those who prefer to work in an outside setting and am happy to offer therapy in clients own homes. Please note, cost for at home therapy may vary from those stated which I am happy to discuss within your free half hour assessment.

Please note, my preferred method of payment is is either, PayPal or Bank transfer, thank you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I may be able to offer some weekend hours, please enquire. Please note, cost for weekend therapy may vary from those stated which I am happy to discuss within your free half hour assessment.

Further information

I have a keen interest in working with trauma, whether resulting from a one off event or re-occurring episodes in a client's life. I consider it a privilege to journey with my client as they begin to regain their dignity and self-worth whilst courageously moving forward to a place of healing. 

I particularly enjoy working with different forms of creativity but only when my client feels safe enough and is in agreement. This may involve, breathing exercises, guided visualisation, making use of art materials as a few examples of what to expect.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Southsea, Hampshire, PO4

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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