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(Dip.Couns. S.A.C. Dip.CBT MBACP)

About me

We are living in difficult times - and sometimes these throw up other issues.

Whether its a new issue or something you have struggled with all your life - you will be amazed at how easy it is to deal with it.

Just talking about it, exploring options and realising it doesn't have to be like this - will transform your life forever.

In our first session we will discuss your issue and how we can work together. If you feel it not for you then there is no obligation to continue.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


It takes courage to take the first step towards counselling. In our first session we will look at what's going on for you and I will explain how we can work together. If you feel it's not for you there is no obligation to continue.

If you do continue we work at your pace with flexible sessions arranged around your personal circumstances.

I use a combination of counselling and coaching to enable you to make any changes necessary to help you deal differently in future.

SINGLE SESSION THERAPY NOW AVAILABLE £45 per hour (sessions can be longer than an hour if required)

There may be times in your life when you wish you could talk to someone in confidence. To be able to discuss an issue without judgement - and explore options safely.

To be able to walk away - think about all that you've explored - book more sessions whenever you want - as and when required. Does this sound like something you want to do?

Single Session Therapy - does just that - but you can always book more sessions if required.

Whatever your issue - you can start with the single session - and convert to counselling if you want to at any time.

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING - £50 per 1 hour session

Couples Counselling / Relationship Counselling

When a relationship breaks down it can cause stress and upset to all involved. But no matter how bad things may seem – you will be surprised how it can change.

Relationship Counselling is not about blame. I am not there to judge you. We will look at what's going wrong and how we can put it right. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make changes to your relationship.
Flexible appointments to suit your situation.

Further information is given below but more is on my website:

www.downtoncounselling.co.uk - Set Yourself Free

Whatever therapy you choose the important thing to remember is that I am there for you - not just for now but in the future.

Even when your sessions have ended, you can contact me anytime when you need help with what life is throwing at you.

Your sessions will be a combination of counselling and coaching to enable you to be the best you can be.

We are now adapting to a new 'norm' which is affecting us all in different ways.

Life as we know it - has changed and we have to change with it.

It may be that lockdown has triggered all sorts of memories/issues for you and its finally time to deal with them and free up your life.

Counselling can help in many ways. From minor adjustments that help you deal - to finally dealing with the big issues that stops you being who you want to be.

If you wish to discuss how we could work together just call or text the number shown and we can have a chat. There is no obligation to book sessions if you feel it's not for you.

I offer telephone or Zoom counselling at the moment due to the current situation but this does have it's own benefits as you don't need to travel to see me and I can be more flexible with appointment times.

Please do not hesitate to call or text if you require any further information.

Is there an area of your life that's causing you upset? It may be a relationship, a situation at work - or maybe you just don't feel good about yourself.

Stress and anxiety take a terrible toll on our physical health. Sometimes you've adapted to a situation or a way of being for so long it's automatic. You don't realise you are permanently low, detached or feeling isolated.

Its never too late to change how you are, how you deal, how you cope.

Sometimes we don't realise we are being who everyone wants us to be.

It may only take a few sessions, a few changes, a few tweaks here and there, but the impact on your life will be unbelievable.

Sometimes life events cause us hurt and worry. That's how life is. We need to be able to deal with these and carry on with life. But sometimes we can't.

How would it feel to be able to cope better? To see things differently.

To feel in control instead of beaten?

Stress or anxiety in any area of your life can sometimes be caused by an underlying issue that you may not even be aware of. You will be surprised at the difference it can make when you understand what's going on for you.

What may seem like an overwhelming issue to you - can be very easy to resolve. You may feel isolated, alone, different - but you would be surprised at how many people are struggling with similar issues. I will never judge you. Just give you a safe, confidential setting for you to explore what's going on for you and what options are available. There is no obligation for you to continue - you can end at any time.

Counselling is not just for the serious issues that life throws at you. It can help you with life/relationship/career decisions. Sometimes you just need a few sessions to help you gain a new direction in your life or a new perspective on an issue you may be struggling with.


07956 766858

for an appointment and change your life forever!

If I am unable to answer your call – please leave a message and I will get back to you asap.

Based in Rhoose Point, just outside Barry, I offer a bright confidential counselling room with private parking.



I have given below some information on some of the more common issues that can cause you problems in your life - at home or work or both.

There are too many too list here so if your issue is not here don't worry it will still be dealt with in our sessions.


This can come in many forms - sometimes about an issue - or in some cases General Anxiety with regard to everything. In counselling you can learn the triggers that cause the anxiety and find ways to deal with it.
At the moment Anxiety is controlling you - but you can learn to control the anxiety!

You may have 'always' been anxious and accepted this is how you are. But anxiety is a state of mind. Your mind and body are in an 'automatic state'. Once you understand the reason why you feel anxious - you can learn to change the state your mind is in. It is easy once you know what to do. Sometimes it can be due to something that happened in your life - sometimes it's the situation you are in. It can be a little thing - or a big thing. But the way to deal is just the same.

You will never have to talk about anything you don't want to. The sessions are yours and we work at your pace.

But once you have that control - you will be a different person. You will be able to deal for the rest of your life.


(As above) plus - Positive stress is good for you and is part of normal life. But when you feel stressed for no reason - this can destroy your life. Learning and understanding the triggers allow you to deal differently. You become in control, not the stress! You will be free!

As with anxiety - stress is a state of mind. You can learn to feel the stress - understand why it’s happening - and deal differently.

You are not alone - so many people are dealing with enormous stress with the current climate of budget cuts and job insecurity. You can't change the situation at work - but you can change how you deal with it.


There are many types of depression. Some can be hereditary – some due to difficult times in our lives. This can be crippling and leave you feeling isolated. Counselling can help you understand what is going on for you. Help you make small changes that lift the depression. Some people have depression all their lives - but this can be managed. You are not alone - but you may feel you are. Counselling can help you identify negative thoughts and behaviours - and enable you to take control of your life.

You may have Depression – but it doesn’t need to have you!

Panic Attacks

These can be terrifying - and prevent you from moving up in your career - or just dealing with life. Using elements of NLP Coaching, (Neuro Linguistic Programming) you can stop the panic attack happening. You will be in control - not the panic attack!

Once you learn the steps to take to reduce and eventually stop the panic attack happening – you will feel a different person. They are only terrifying when you don’t know what to do. Once you do know how to deal – you regain your confidence and get your life back.

Abuse- (sexual, mental or physical)

can have a devastating effect on someone's life. You learn ways of coping but sometimes these coping mechanisms affect your life in such a way that you can't live it. Counselling can help you deal with all that you are going through. Build your self-esteem and give you your life back. You don't have to talk about the abuse if you don't want to. You just need to understand the feelings associated with the abuse and learn the triggers in everyday life that cause the anxiety and stress - that you may not even be aware of. If you are in an abusive relationship we can look at how you can leave. I will never judge or advise you - but will enable you to explore all the options and support available to you. Its up to you whether you do anything about the situation. Sometimes there may be reasons why you can't leave - but you can find a better way to deal and more importantly keep yourself safe. You may feel isolated and alone - but you are not. There is a lot of support there for you whatever decision you make.

Birth Trauma

The birth of a child should be a wonderful time, but for some Mums (through no fault of their own) it is a different experience altogether. You feel vulnerable, isolated and confused because it's just not happening for you. There may be good reasons for this. There may have been complications with the birth or health issues with the baby. Or maybe the whole experience has triggered something for you. The important thing to remember is that this is not your fault and you should not be suffering this in silence. In a confidential setting you can explore what's going on for you, why its happening and learn to deal differently. Birth Trauma - if left untreated - can affect you much later in life. A traumatic event later in life can trigger a lot of the powerful emotions you suffered at the time of the birth - and you may not even be aware that this is the cause. We all feel 'this is how it should be'. But sometimes it's not - and it's not your fault.


Can leave you feeling that life has no purpose anymore. But you can rebuild your life. You just need to learn how.

There are many types of loss - a few I have mentioned here - but the loss of anything in your life can impact hugely on you and you can lose your 'sense of self'. You don't know who you are anymore.


Whether it was expected or not - a loss of job can mean the loss of your identity. Together we can explore how to deal differently with this. Not see it as a loss - but as an opportunity to stop and change direction. Using Solution Focused Therapy (Coaching) we can explore what options are available to you and enable you to gain the confidence to make any changes that can help you move forward.

Miscarriage/Loss of a child

To lose a child is the most painful loss of all. The whole order of things turned upside down and dreams and hopes shattered. To find a new meaning in life is not easy and its something you 'never get over'. However, counselling can help you explore all your hurt and anger and enable you find a 'different way to be'. Make the onward journey a little more bearable. Help you to become you again and enjoy the life that you still have - while holding your loss safely in your heart.


Pregnancy loss can sometimes be no less painful for those who chose to terminate their pregnancy. Sometimes there is no choice. Sometimes it seems for the best. For some women they can never lose the sadness. There can be feelings of guilt that stay with them forever, spoiling what should be a good life for them. Some suffer for years and years. It helps to explore exactly what was and is going on for you. To share for once the pain, the anger, the guilt and all those emotions you have buried for so long. You don't deserve this and you shouldn't suffer like this. Together we can work through it and 'set yourself free' to enjoy your life again.


Loss of a Parent - at any age can impact in many ways. You may have been very close and are struggling to cope on your own. Sometimes there may have been issues with the parent (abuse/neglect/critical) and the death has left many unresolved issues with you.

Whatever the issues - the impact can affect your very being. In a confidential setting we can explore what's happened and how you can deal. Remember - you are not the only one who feels like this. You may feel isolated/ashamed/guilty/angry - this are normal stages of grief. But if the feelings are overwhelming then you will benefit hugely from counselling and finally put these feelings to rest.

Loss of a partner - has the ability to 'shut you down'. You were 2 now you are 1. There's no one to talk to when you come home, no one to share the events of your day. Yes, time will heal and there are plenty of things you can do to help. But if you feel it's just too much - then counselling can help you make sense of it all. Move forward, find a different way to be.

Loss of a pet - can be devastating. As above, time will heal and sometimes you just move on and get another one to love. Sometimes just 1 or 2 sessions can help you come to terms with your loss and help you move on. Counselling is there for when its just too much and you need a little help.

Low Self Esteem
Sometimes events in the past, a remark someone made, or the situation you are in – can all affect your self-esteem leaving you lacking the confidence to live your life as you would like. You may not even be aware of why you feel this way. You just feel 'different'. Not like everyone else. Detached, isolated, vulnerable. Avoiding social activities because you are just 'too scared' of what others might say. But you can change - and you will be surprised at how different you can feel. A combination of counselling and coaching can not only improve your self-esteem – but give you the tools to deal with such issues in the future.
You will be a different person!

Self harm

- is a coping mechanism. It is nothing to be ashamed of - it's your way of dealing with something you are struggling with. It can be upsetting and isolating and impact on all areas of your life. Counselling offers a safe, confidential space to get explore what is going on for you. You will not be judged in any way, just helped to move on with your life. Self harm is usually linked to powerful emotions you are blocking. Together you can learn how to reduce and eventually stop. You will be in control.

Weight Loss

There is no one right way to look or weigh. The most important thing is to be healthy and like who you are. Diets work for some but not all. If you are struggling to lose weight maybe it's time to change your relationship with food. Exploring the way life affects you may help you change your behaviour, learn to love who you are and start taking control of your life.Worth a try? How would it feel to like the person you see in the mirror? You deserve to be happy! I'm not saying I'll make you thin. But enable you to be who you want to be. You set your goals, decide how will achieve them and REWARD YOURSELF!!

Transgender Issues

There are times in our lives when we may be confused with our gender. It may be a phase you are going through - or all of your life you have felt 'something's not right'.
Counselling gives you a safe, confidential space to explore all aspects of Gender Issues. Allowing you to explore all the options available to you - and the impact any of these may have on you and others.
We all have the gift of life and deserve to be the person we want to be. You may decide to do nothing - but feel better for just exploring the options available to you - in the strictest confidence. I cannot advise you in any way - but of you feel you require more knowledge of a certain area I can signpost you what is available and you can move on if and when you want to. The important thing is that you explore who you are and who you want to be.


IF you have experienced such issues you will be aware of the lack of information and understanding for what you have been through or going through. Together we can explore what this means for you as a person. We can look at how it is affecting your life and how you can deal differently. Explore options available.

We all deserve to be who we want to be.

BULLYING - can be in school, college or in the workplace. It can destroy you - but you can learn to take control of your life. Don't suffer in silence. Help is there for you - all you have to do is ask for it. The bullies are the ones with the issues. Together we can look at your situation and how best to deal.

These are just a few of the more common issues – a full list of all the issues I deal with can be found on my main website

www.downtoncounselling.co.uk. – Set Yourself Free

Whatever it is that's spoiling your life

                                                  - take a brave step and deal with it. Take control.

                                  SET YOURSELF FREE!!

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Diploma in Humanistic Existential Counselling
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Distinction)
  • Diploma in Counselling (Inst. N/H) (Distinction)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained (ASIST)
  • Registered Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy

I have also worked as a sessional counsellor for Cardiff Mind in both a paid and voluntary capacity.
(Dealing with both GP referrals and self referred clients).

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.

Accredited register membership

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

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From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual counselling £40 per 1 hour session.

Telephone Counselling £40 per 50 minute session

Relationship/Couples Counselling £50 (all sessions)

Students £30/Block of 10 sessions

Home visits can be arranged under certain circumstances.

Additional fee applies for home visit

Payment can be made in cash on the day or by bank transfer.

I offer a pleasant, counselling room based in Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan with parking available..

Sessions can be arranged to suit - weekly, fortnightly, monthly. Day or evening.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I can offer flexible appointments via Zoom or telephone at the moment due to the restrictions with Covid -19.

Further information

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me and I will respond within 24 hours.

You can e-mail me directly, or you can call or text on 07956 766858 – please advise a convenient time to call you back  to maintain your confidentiality).

Please email or call me or further details can be found on my website - www.downtoncounselling.co.uk

Barry, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF62

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Whilst I have 4 steps down to the path - which negates the use of a wheelchair, it is suitable for someone with walking difficulties as there is a handrail. Telephone Counselling is also available for those who are unable to travel.