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Dip. Therapeutic Couns Adv Dip Psychotherapeutic Couns

About me

Before moving to this area 20 years ago, I lived in London, tried many different jobs & travelled as much as possible.  The unexpected death of my father pushed me to question everything to do with my life & I found myself on a journey of self-exploration & self-discovery, which eventually led me to move to this area, train in alternative healing techniques and later counselling.

I now offer a safe therapeutic space to facilitate change; to empower others to move forward & live their best possible life.

Issues that counselling may be able to help you with include;

  • bereavement (or loss of any kind)
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • trauma
  • relationship issues
  • sexuality
  • anger
  • low self-esteem
  • spiritual crisis
  • illness (including terminal diagnosis)
  • many other issues

It takes courage to reach out when we are feeling alone or vulnerable but no matter what you are facing you could find it helpful to talk to someone who is outside your situation & professionally trained.

I offer a safe place where anything that may be bothering you can be spoken about, a place where I will listen without judgement & give you honest feedback with empathy.  With understanding and compassion we work at your pace to look at the circumstances that have brought you to counselling.

I work in an integrative way, which means that I use tools from different counselling theories, rather than just one, depending on your needs in our work together.  In this way sessions are uniquely tailored to your individual requirements.  

I invite you to bring any spiritual understandings to our work together, if you wish.  This is not obligatory and I would never impose any belief systems onto you, as I work with others from all beliefs and none.

If we haven't worked together before I offer a first session, which is an assessment session, where I take an overview of your situation & ensure that I can meet your therapeutic needs. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have & for us both to get a sense of each other, so we can decide if we want to work further together.

If we decide to work further together I ask you to commit to a minimum of 5 more sessions.  This allows the time & space necessary to address what you would like to work on.  I tend to work short to medium term (6-20 sessions) but longer term work is also available. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Counselling Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.  In addition to this I have undertaken various trainings in bereavement including:
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care
  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
  • Bereaved by Suicide

I have also had training in working with trauma; either from childhood or more recent.

For 4 years I worked with a bereavement charity, successfully completing their in-house training and seeing clients 1-1 in their own homes.  I have also worked with a youth charity, supporting staff members.  I run a successful private practice in Coxley, near Wells assisting people with all kinds of different issues.

I have also assisted on several Level 4 Counselling Diploma courses as well as co-tutoring Level 2 in Counselling Skills.

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked in the area of complementary health for many years as a shamanic & trance healer & continue to do so alongside my counselling practice.

I see clients in Coxley, near Wells (Somerset) or offer online video sessions.  I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical guidelines.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Spiritual Crisis.  Trauma.  Relationship issues.  Sexuality.  Anxiety.  Depression.  Death & Dying.  Bereavement.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

First session (one hour) £50.

Subsequent sessions (one hour) £50 

I offer a few discounted places particularly for counselling students;

Discounted price £40

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays; other appointments occasionally available

Further information

I see clients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays in a rural location, near Wells.  Very occasionally I may offer sessions on different days if these don't work for you.

I also offer online video sessions via Zoom - please get in touch for further information.

If you have any questions contact me either via email or phone - I am open to answering any queries that you may have.

Nr. Wells, Somerset, BA5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages


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