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MBACP - Adults; Discounted couples rate; Young People.

About me


Thank you for visiting my page and a warm welcome to you. You may be here because you or someone you care about is feeling sad, depressed, anxious, confused, bereaved or angry. You may be struggling with overwhelming feelings, stress or having relationship difficulties. Whatever your reason for reaching this page, I want to assure you that you are not alone and help is available to you.

About me: I currently work in a clinic in East Grinstead and online via Zoom - whichever is best for you. I am often told I am warm, empathic, friendly and easy to talk to. I have acquired a range of experience working with people from all walks of life, who have experienced all kinds of difficulties. We are all unique individuals so I integrate different counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches into my work to suit your unique needs. My main training has been in Transactional Analysis (TA) which is a type of psychotherapy where, amongst other things, we look at how childhood experiences and decisions continue to impact us now, and what we can do to change our 'life script'. However, I can also use different therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, creativity and some CBT.

Client base: I have a private practice where I see adults, young people and couples.

I am experienced in helping adults with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, grief, stress, divorce, trauma, life-changing injuries and low self-esteem.

I also work part time in a secondary school as a counsellor, where I see students who have a range of difficulties including self-harm, anxiety, low mood, identity confusion, sexuality concerns and depression. This has given me a really good understanding of the challenges that young people face and the difficulties they experience.

I can provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore what’s going on for you. I will listen wholeheartedly to you, help you to discover your own inner resources and identify patterns in your thinking, feeling and behaviour that may be getting in your way of living a full and happy life.

Here are some additional details:

Creativity: If you would like to work creatively together I am happy to facilitate this using sandtray, metaphor, images, creative writing and so on. Creativity can be helpful in exploring our subconscious and giving us a different perspective on what you are going through. 

Mindfulness: I have experience of teaching mindfulness to groups, individuals and organisations across the UK in order to improve wellbeing. Mindfulness can be very effective in reducing anxiety, stress and depression and improving emotional resilience.

Trauma: If you have suffered trauma that is impacting on your daily life please let me know as I can offer a specific 4 stage trauma therapy treatment plan. I hold a Diploma in Trauma Therapy and have experience of working with traumatised people.

Goals: It can be helpful to have an idea of what you'd like to achieve by seeing me. You may not know at the moment what your goal is, and that is absolutely fine. We can review this as we go along.

Length of therapy: I work on a long term or short term basis, depending on your needs, and we can agree this when we meet. There will be no obligation to continue with counselling once started. I just ask that you give one to two sessions notice when you would like to end so we can bring anything to a close safely, and end in a way that is good for both of us.

Free session: I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your personal requirements. In this session we can see if we would like to work together and we can explore what you would like to achieve.

Insurance & Supervision: I am fully insured and complete regular professional training. I am regularly supervised by a UKCP registered Psychotherapist/Supervisor. I am also a member of professional bodies UKATA, EATA and BACP and adhere to their code of ethics and professional practice.

Couples: I am currently offering a discounted rate of £45 per session for couples who would like couples counselling. I will offer you both a safe space to explore your areas of difficulty and I will help facilitate communication between you. We can look at the difficulties arising in your relationship, and explore different ways of communicating and getting your needs met. I currently have one evening space available for a couple. 

I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for support. Asking for support is an achievement in itself, so well done for getting this far and please do contact me if you have any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you on your own unique journey

Warm wishes


Training, qualifications & experience

In summary, I have the following training and experience:

  • 4 years counselling and psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Diploma in Trauma Therapy
  • UKATA Diploma in TA Practice (psychotherapy)
  • Working with Couples
  • Working Therapeutically with Teenagers
  • Diploma in Mindfulness
  • Masters in Creative Writing & Personal Development
  • BA (Hons) in English and Creative Studies

The charities I have worked for are:

  • Redhill Counselling Centre
  • Carers Support West Sussex
  • Headway Tunbridge Wells

Since 2018 I have run a successful private practice in East Grinstead.

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.


UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)

UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45 per session for individuals (50 mins). I can offer a reduced fee in some situations, contact me for further details.

£55 per session for couples (60 mins) however I am currently offering a discounted rate of £45 per session. Please contact me for further information.

£25 per session group. Please contact me for information.

When I work

I offer various session times including evenings up to 9pm. Please contact me for availability.

Silver Grey Clinic, London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1QF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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