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About me

I am an experienced counsellor currently working for the NHS alongside my private practice.  During this challenging period and adhering to ethical and government boundaries of social-distancing, I offer telephone or online support.

I am a registered with the National Counselling Society and experienced in working with adults and older adolescents. My aim as a therapeutic counsellor is to help you manage and cope with difficult feelings. People contact me for many reasons including anxiety, stress, relationship issues, overwhelming feelings or more specific problems which are hard to manage without support. My approach is not solely talking about problems but to explore solutions to help enable you to gain more control over your life. I offer both short and longer term therapy, depending on what you need. The benefit of counselling is a calm and confidential space where you can talk openly with someone impartial who won’t judge or give advice but actively listen and understand your life from your perspective.

I am experienced in working with a broad range of areas, including anxiety, relationship issues, family breakdown, bullying, eating disorders, people who have been through the care system, adoption/fostering, perfectionism, grief and loss, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, self-harm, addiction and trauma.  I am professionally trained to use Integrative approaches, incorporating person centred and psychodynamic therapies.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience working in four different counselling agencies across Devon and Dorset including the NHS and grief and loss therapy within a G.P. surgery. I have also worked for an adoption support agency.

Dip Couns, BA (Hons)

I am a Registered Member of the National Counselling Society and my details can be found on their website.

After obtaining my Certificate in Counselling, I completed the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a two-year course, encompassing a range of therapeutic approaches.

I have carried out further training in:

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (level 1)
  • Eating disorders
  • Working with the risk of suicide
  • Safeguarding and child protection
  • Sexual abuse
  • Boarding school syndrome
  • Decoding gender identity and LGBT awareness
  • Gambling addiction

Full enhanced DBS clearance
Full indemnity insurance

Member organisations

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Therapy can be an expensive business so I try and offer concessions when I am able.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I usually see clients Monday - Friday. 9am-6pm. Contact me for alternative options

Lyme Regis, DT7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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