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About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor specialising in helping clients overcome their anxiety. 

What to expect at the Initial Consultation

Firstly you will have a 30 minute consultation with me. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss your goals and explore whether we can work together. If you decide to proceed then I will discuss my proposed treatment plan and number of sessions I think you may need.

What happens at the sessions?

Sessions are usually held weekly either face-to-face or on-line and last 50 minutes. Together we will explore the issues that you are worrying you, for some it will be necessary to explore the past and for others it will be dealing with the present and you as the client, will be encouraged to do most of the talking in order to get the most out of your sessions.

My Therapy Room

My therapy room is located on the outskirts of the Ashford area (just off Junction 9 of the M20). It is easily accessible and has ample parking.

Training, qualifications & experience

After 10 years of working in HR in the corporate environment, I decided to embark on a career as a counsellor and gave up work to study for my diploma, which I have now passed and have set up my own Private Practice in the Ashford Area.


  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

I have been trained by Cruse in Bereavement Awareness.

I have also attended training courses on Mindfulness, Treating Phobias with CBT and Self-Acceptance.

I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society and abide by their code of ethics.

Member organisations

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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£40.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation and then charge £40 for each subsequent 50 minute session. Some concessions may be available, so please do ask. Please note there is no obligation to continue following the initial consultation, as one of the reasons for this session is for us to get to know each other and for you to decide whether you feel that we will be able to work together.

For Students studying Counselling courses, I charge £30.00

If you are on a low income I can sometimes offer sessions at a reduced rate where there is availability.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work Mondays to Fridays (afternoons and evenings) and Saturday mornings.

Brabourne Lees, Ashford, Kent, TN25

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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