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Couples counsellor & humanistic psychotherapist - MBACP

About me

For Couples

Are you a couple experiencing difficulties with your relationship?  Do you yearn for more intimacy with your partner?  Perhaps you are struggling to feel heard.

Satisfying relationships require honest and authentic communication.  Very often couples get into difficulty due to their differing communication styles and unhelpful patterns of relating. 

New ways of communicating and relating can be learnt.   The therapy room is also a space where you can be supported to have difficult conversations.

Coming into couples therapy could seem daunting and yet it may be one of the most valuable and positive steps you could take for your relationship. 

Being seen, heard and understood is of fundamental importance to us and our well being. This is all part of the experience that therapy can provide.  We will focus on encouraging your self-awareness and self-responsibility within the relationship.

If you both want to experience a fuller, richer, and more satisfying relationship, then the support I offer could be for you.

For Individuals

I believe that every individual has the innate capacity to grow and reach their full potential.  

Together we can explore any issues that are giving you difficulty and by talking things through you may find that you are able to manage and experience life as you would like it to be.  Having a safe space to talk about and explore what is going on or troubling you can be a deeply healing experience.

Therapy also provides an opportunity to explore your relationship with yourself and how you relate to others. It is a process that can be exciting, rewarding and challenging. Above all therapy can provide you with a deeper understanding of who you are and how you can become the person you want to be.

About Me

Having been on my own journey to overcome anxiety and depression I feel passionate about the benefits of talking therapy.

My clients say they find me approachable and easy to to talk to. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or your relationships  I can offer you support to overcome these issues. I am a warm and compassionate therapist. Fully qualified and experienced in working with individuals & couples.

If you are feeling sad or suffering from low self-esteem, or low self-confidence, then the support I offer could be for you.

Together, we can explore any issues that are giving you difficulty and find ways to enable you to live the best life you can.

Feedback from previous clients:

"I worked with Emily for over a year, throughout this period I found her technique and approach to be both highly professional and rewarding. The sessions were conducted in an environment that was safe, comforting and allowed me to express myself with confidence and freedom. Unsure what to expect from my sessions I quickly felt able to explore my concerns in a detailed and constructive manner. I would not hesitate to recommend Emily as a caring and thoughtful professional who has helped me on many levels." David

"I found Emily very easy to talk too and she helped me to work through some very difficult issues." Jane

"Emily's warm & empathic approach enabled me to move forward at a difficult time in my life" FT

"After working with Emily for over a year I was able to better understand myself and the roots of my addiction/alcoholism; I have now been in recovery for over two years". Jason

"Working with Emily made a big difference in how I view myself and manage my life. I now feel much less self-critical and able to make much better choices for myself". EW

"I came to Emily having been referred by my employer for anger management. I came away with a much better understanding of myself and how to manage my anger effectively and how to use it as a resource rather than a weapon. The work I did with Emily was really valuable and life changing. Thank you". Andrew

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Spectrum Therapy in London.
  • Spectrum is one of the largest and most established centres for Humanistic Psychotherapy in Europe, where I continue to be in supervision and on-going professional development.

As part of my training at Spectrum I have completed the following courses

  • OCR Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Cert - One Year Course in Psychotherapy
  • Cert - OneYear Continuation Course in Psychotherapy
  • Cert - Postgraduate Course in Psychotherapy
  • 10 years of Post Graduate Continuation Course in Psychotherapy (2010 to date)
  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Sexuality
  • Anger in the Therapy Room
  • Action Techniques
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Developing Clinical Skills
  • Re-parenting
  • Gestalt - Theory and Practice
  • Professional Seminars
  • Brief Therapy
  • Couples Training Programme

Other courses:

  • Anger management training with BAAM (British Association of Anger Management) (2015)
  • Intimacy & Sexuality training with Jan Day - 18 month training course (2013-2014) (www.janday.com)

Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)


In addition to my private practice, I have provided counselling in a therapeutic community for people with addictions, and have worked as a Case Manager/Counsellor in a residential rehabilitation centre. I have also worked as a counsellor for a local bereavement charity.

Teaching & Supervision

One day sexuality workshops for Counselling Diploma students at The Albany Centre

Teaching & supervising student therapists on The Humanistic Counselling Diploma at The Albany Centre in St. Albans.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £80.00 to £100.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I charge £80 per session for individuals and £100 for couples sessions.

Individual sessions last for 50 minutes.

Couples sessions last for 1 hour.

Further information

Monday & Wednesday afternoons at City Therapy Rooms:


St. Albans Rooms, 21 Victoria Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client