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MBACP, BPC Reg, Dip Couns, BSc (Hons), PhD

About me

I am a psychodynamic counsellor working in the North Cotswolds in the village of Blockley near Moreton in Marsh. I provide a safe and confidential space in which to explore your issues and develop understanding and insight.

Counselling offers an opportunity to talk to someone who is experienced and trained to listen to you. We are all individuals and people come to counselling for a variety of different reasons. It can be helpful to share your thoughts and feelings with a counsellor who is non-judgemental and will work with you to think together about the problems you are facing or the issues that you are trying to make sense of.

I mainly use a psychodynamic approach to counselling but will also use a person-centred approach when working with survivors of sexual abuse. Psychodynamic counselling looks at unconscious processes, the beliefs we hold about ourselves, our defences and the motivations that drive us that we may not be aware of, which sometimes emerge in dreams. I believe that past experiences, particularly those of childhood, influence how we feel about ourselves and the patterns that we repeat in our relationships with other people. Looking at experiences from the past can help us to understand our present difficulties and explain why we behave and feel the way that we do.

When working with survivors of sexual abuse I use a person-centred approach which focuses on building an empathic relationship to help empower and support survivors to regain control over their lives. I work from a trauma-informed perspective and put safety and wellbeing at the forefront of the counselling work. I have extensive experience in working with the symptoms of trauma including panic attacks, flashbacks, PTSD and dissociation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified from Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) with a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (training accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council) and then took a post-graduate Associate year gaining further training in Time-Limited Psychodynamic therapy. I have worked for GCS for several years in their adult service (a BACP accredited service) providing both open-ended and time-limited counselling for men and women. I am experienced in helping clients with a variety of issues including stress, depression, anxiety, work or relationship-related problems and trauma. I have trained at Tavistock Relationships and gained a certificate in the study of the couples relationship. I have completed the CRUSE Bereavement Foundation Course and am experienced in working with bereavement and loss.

I have also worked for Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC) and have trained in Understanding and Working With Sexual Violence (accredited training with OCN). I work with women and men who have experienced sexual abuse both recent and historic, including childhood sexual abuse. When working with survivors of sexual abuse I use a combination of person-centred and psychodynamic approaches. I am a qualified Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, having completed the Rape Crisis England and Wales nationally accredited ISVA training, and support survivors of sexual abuse who are going through the criminal justice system.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and adhere to the BACP Framework of Ethics for the Counselling Professions.

Before training to be a counsellor I studied for a degree (BSc Hons) in Cell and Molecular Biology and a PhD in cancer genetics and worked as a research scientist in the field of cancer research for twenty years.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). 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

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Psychoanalytic Council
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£45.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling sessions

I offer one to one counselling on a once or twice weekly basis. Regular sessions last 50 minutes and are usually on the same day and at the same time each week. Counselling can be open-ended or time-limited. You can either agree a set number of counselling sessions at the outset and focus on a particular issue or begin counselling and see how you progress before deciding how long you wish to continue. You determine the pace of counselling and we can regularly review your progress and your thoughts and feelings about the work we do together.

Initial Assessment

At your first session I would like us to meet for an initial assessment. This is an opportunity for you to see if you feel that we would be able to work together and to ask me any questions you may have about counselling. It is also an opportunity for me to understand what has brought you to counselling at this point in your life and of your expectations for the work. This initial consultation is also charged at £45 per session.


The fees for counselling are subject to review each year.

Currently the fees are £45 per session.

Fees can be negotiated in cases of financial hardship and this can be discussed at the first session.

Payment is accepted in cash, by cheque or via online banking.

Wherever possible, appointments will be rearranged in the event of a client’s ill health or unforeseen circumstances but missed appointments are payable at the full fee.

When I work

Counselling sessions are available Monday to Friday, from 9am until 9pm.

Further information


Counselling sessions are completely confidential and it is important that you feel able to speak freely about your issues. I adhere to the BACP Framework of Ethics for the Counselling Professions and in accordance with this all my client work is supervised by a trained and experienced supervisor.


Face to face counselling sessions will take place in my peaceful, private consulting room in the village of Blockley with beautiful views overlooking the North Cotswolds countryside. I also offer counselling sessions by telephone or video call using Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Skype.

Please visit my website if you would like more information.

Moreton-in-Marsh, GLOS, GL56

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults