About me

I feel privileged to be able to offer my support to you as a counsellor. Always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure our relationship is to the utmost benefit to us both, I am committed to working together with you in providing the best possible outcome to your counselling journey.


Whilst working in my previous role as a registered general nurse I often found, when looking after people going through life-altering experiences, that the emotional and psychological support that was needed at times appeared more relevant and helpful than the physical care provided.

I have always been interested in the innate ability for growth that exists within us all as humans, and in how we think and behave, and this led me to complete a degree in psychology after a health setback meant that I was no longer able to work as a nurse. Whilst studying, I gained understanding of how life experience can create unhelpful thought patterns which can adversely affect our ability to live life to the full. I went on to study and work in the field of substance misuse and recovery. This subsequently led me to study counselling, and I achieved a level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

Counselling in Practice

Our counselling sessions are time for you to use as you wish. Our conversations are yours to direct as you feel comfortable; the concerns you have will surface naturally as we progress. We will realise the most appropriate path as our sessions develop.

Sometimes an approach which is more structured might be useful, to provide the chance to tackle and solve any problems. On other occasions, you may simply wish to give voice to your thoughts and feelings, to explore possible deeper meanings behind what you are experiencing.

The most important thing is that everything that happens in your sessions will have been agreed by you. To be listened to, and accepted for yourself as a unique and individual person, can in itself provide comfort and strength.

My role is to listen to you, to assimilate what you are saying and how you are feeling, and to then reflect this back to you, so that together we can understand the problem in a clearer way. I will offer you the opportunity to examine any difficulties, without giving advice or expressing my own opinions, so you will be able to make your own decisions as to how you would want to proceed.

I will help you to recognise the strengths and resources that you possess, to make good use of them, and perhaps uncover new qualities you didn’t even realise existed within you.

Counselling will enable you to explore new ways of being, and be supported to make any changes you decide to make.

How I Work

My approach to counselling is integrative.

Integrative meaning the inclusion and use of a variety of empirically researched counselling techniques, tailored to each and every individual, so as to allow flexibility and thus cater for all forms of the human experience. I appreciate the capacity for fulfilment as well as the dignity and worth inherent within every person.

I explore the struggles and challenges of every person I work with as a natural part of our human existence.

Where I Work

I work from my home in Whimple, in a situation that is easily accessible, peaceful and welcoming. I offer sessions in my therapy room, or should the weather suit, sitting in my garden, which is surrounded by open fields.

My garden is also available to you for a period following our sessions, should you wish to take a moment to reflect before leaving.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered General Nurse

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Level 3 NOCN Drug Awareness

Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling

Certificate in Couple Counselling

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and Registered Member (no.301736) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that I have met the strict standards required to be on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register. I am also a registered member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), registration number R000534.

As well as adhering to BACP’s ethical standards, I hold professional indemnity insurance, receive regular supervision and Continuing Professional Development to help me support clients as best I can. I also hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.

Knowing and valuing learning as an ongoing process, I continue to develop my skills as a counsellor; I have always read widely, and attend workshops and training sessions where interest or the evolving nature of my role requires.

As well as my private practice, I was until recently a member of the clinical team at ARC, the community counselling service linked to Axminster Medical Practice.

I offer counselling to all adults, without distinction, individuals and couples. I have particular familiarity supporting people who are in caring roles, who are experiencing dementia in a loved one, who are in recovery from substance misuse, and also of Asperger’s syndrome.

Member organisations


Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with


Additional information

The initial assessment appointment is £20.00 for individuals and £25.00 for couples.

My hourly sessions are charged at £45.00 for individuals and £55.00 for couple counselling. As a firm believer in counselling being accessible to all, I do offer concessions in certain circumstances.


Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 7.30pm


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults