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About me

Hello, I specialise in Human givens therapy, a proven and positive way to treat a wide range of mental health and emotional conditions. I'm proud to offer practical, fast and effective help to anyone suffering from the following:

  • depression
  • anxiety and stress
  • panic attacks
  • PTSD and any traumatic incident
  • phobias
  • OCD
  • anger (I have had a lot of success with clients dealing with anger issues, even those with chronic anger)
  • drug and gambling addictions
  • low self-esteem
  • self-harm
  • domestic abuse
  • insomnia and more

This psychotherapy approach is science-based and works faster than other treatment.

As a registered nurse and health visitor of 35 years, 22 of those in the Army, I've seen first hand the effects that emotional difficulties and traumatic life events can have on individuals and their families.  Everyday activities that most of us take for granted can cause severe stress.

Now a qualified integrative counsellor psychotherapist, I offer short and long term counselling in a discreet, calm and confidential place at my home near Ipswich. Working one to one, I will give you the time that you need, when you need it, creating a bespoke therapy for you.

As well as my own clients I receive referrals from the NHS, Red Poppy (Police, Fire and Ambulance services within Suffolk), PTSD Resolution and Suffolk Mind and provide Clinical supervision for Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Human Givens Post Graduate Diploma HG.Dip.P.

Human Givens Practitioner Qualification

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)

Registered General Nurse (RGN)

I have particular experience in working with the effects of domestic abuse, including less obvious forms of abuse such as emotional or coercive control.

I am trained in adult and children's safeguarding and have an enhanced DBS check

I am one of a network of counsellors offering FREE counselling to ex-soldiers throughout the UK with the charity PTSD Resolution.

I receive referrals from the NHS, Red Poppy (Police, Fire and Ambulance services within Suffolk), Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services and Suffolk Mind.

I am committed to continuing my professional development and ensure I am up to date with the latest research from within and around the organisation.

Member organisations


Human Givens Institute (HGI)

The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Human Givens Institute

Accredited Register Scheme

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Human Givens Institute


Additional information

I charge my time at £60 per session (one hour).

Further information

I offer daytime or weekend appointments to fit around my clients' work and childcare commitments.

For further information or to talk to me about your particular needs please call or email for FREE initial telephone advice in the strictest of confidence.

Chelmondiston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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