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About me

When you are looking for therapy, finding the right therapist is the most important step. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor in 2008. I work therapeutically  creating a safe space for you to explore feelings in a non judgemental empathic environment, I offer a service that is flexible, compassionate, confidential and friendly.

I offer a safe therapeutic space for people who want to understand themselves on a deeper level, or who might use therapy as an ongoing way to maintain their happiness and well-being. It is not always easy to face difficulties and find ways to resolve them. The therapeutic journey will help you find ways to understand yourself that will bring about the changes which then help you to be positive, fulfilled and able to manage your own way of being.

The therapeutic process can help you to grow in times of anxiety and uncertainty. I have studied many differing modalities over the years and use an approach that includes aspects of these within my practice including solution focused, trauma informed,  maintaining a person centred approach at the heart of all I do, putting you at the centre of the therapeutic journey.

The relationship between therapist and client is an important factor is facilitating change and I offer an environment that is non-judgemental, inclusive and empathic. I have completed online and telephone counselling training, Over the years, I have worked with people of all ages from children to older adults, from different backgrounds and cultures, each with their own individual experiences.

I offer ongoing support, short and long term and motivational sessions. These take place at times to suit you, weekly through to monthly sessions. When you contact me we can talk about the therapeutic approach that will work for you.

A person approaches counselling for many reasons, I work with people who may be, or have experienced:

Anxiety, stress, ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences) low mood, depression, low self confidence and self esteem, difficulty talking about and expressing feelings and emotions, life changes, grief and loss, and many more issues that people experience.

We will work at a pace set by you and with whatever you would like to bring to your sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma Higher Education in Person Centred Therapy
  • Diploma of Education Nursing Studies (Children)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (accredited)
  • ACE's Training (accredited)
  • Attachment &Trauma Informed Training
  • Solihull Approach (Understanding trauma, brain development & attachment)
  • Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care
  • Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • CBT skills training, including Decider Skills
  • Safeguarding Level 3 training

I have worked on a voluntary basis with Rape Crisis and a Carers organisation and currently work for a national charity as a senior practitioner working therapeutically with children and young people

I have extensive experience as a counsellor working with children and young people and adults aged five- older adults.

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

I am currently working towards a certificate in creative supervision (Accredited) It is accredited by the BPA, who are organisational members of the UKCP.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

I offer a free 20 minute telephone discussion prior to your first appointment to talk about what I can offer and to answer any questions you might have. We will decide between us if I am the right therapist for you.

I do offer concessions for OAP's, students and those experiencing financial difficulties.

Sessions are charged at £45.00 for a 1 hour face to face,  telephone or online session.

Organisations will be invoiced on a monthly basis.

When I work

I aim to reply to all enquiries within 48 hours

Sessions available evenings and weekends

Further information

I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics

I can offer flexible appointments which includes evening and weekends

I am a Registered member of the BACP

Sessions are currently offered face to face,  telephone or online through a digital platform, Zoom, FaceTime or Whats App.

Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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