These are unusual times and there is more stress and anxiety than ever, sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever your situation I can offer you an empathetic ear and a non-judgmental space to unload anything that’s on your mind. It can be long term problems that have been there all your life, a current crisis or maybe even a feeling that you want to change something but you're not sure what. Whatever you want to bring to sessions will be handled in a confidential, non-judgemental way and I aim to provide a safe and calm space in which you can explore your feelings and find a way forward.
I can work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress and self-esteem. I am also a care worker working in a care home and I can use experience gained working in the care profession to help you talk through any issues involving care and support, including end of life and dementia.
Following initial contact from you, we can arrange an assessment over the telephone which will take about 30 minutes and is free of charge. We can also do this via video calling too. This will give me an idea of what you need help with, and allow you to see if I am the right counsellor for you.
Following this, we can begin sessions to explore your issue in more detail to develop an understanding of how it started and the impact it has had, or is still having, on your life. If you want to, we can agree a set number of sessions, or you can leave it open ended to finish when you feel the time is right.
I trained as a humanistic integrative counsellor, an approach which recognises that there are significant connections between all approaches to counselling. It accepts that different clients have different needs and believes that no single method is sufficient. The approaches that I draw on are the Person-centred approach, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis, and I am also trained in CBT.
I am back to working in person (subject to room availailty), but I am also still available via video calling (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp etc) or telephone.
I am qualified to work with adults, children and adolescent.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work to their guidelines and code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
The Iron Mill - Post-qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents
CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision
Nine years experience as a Care and Support worker with elderly and disabled
Voluntary work at the YMCA
Voluntary work for Frontline 19, supporting people working at the frontline during the pandemic.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with and caring for someone with dementia.
End of life.
From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Assessment/initial session - 20-30 minutes and is free.
All other sessions whether in person, telephone or online will be 50 minutes and charged at £40 (unless a concessionary rate has been agreed).
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays Bude, 9am - 5pm
Wednesdays, Fridays Bideford, 9am - 6pm
Saturday morning, Bideford 10am - 1pm
Online/phone can be any day. I can also do evenings online/phone
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - Bude, sessions available 9:00-5:00pm. Telephone and online are also available, including evenings.
Wednesdays and Fridays - Bideford, sessions available from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Telephone and online are also available, including evenings.
Saturdays - Bideford. I have 3 sessions available 10am, 11:15am or 12:30pm.
I use 10to8, an online calendar, to book appointments. You will get confirmation of an appointment and a reminder 24 hours before. For telephone and online sessions, I will invoice you using QuickBooks.
I have been fully vaccinated and I do weekly Covid tests.