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About me

The only journey is the journey within.

Rainer Maria Rilke

J.O.Y; a collaborative, compassionate and creative counselling space where the Journey of You is placed at the centre.

Navigating life’s road map is rarely linear, instead it can bring about a confusing maze of emotions. In every relationship and event we will know, and hold witness to, unbearable sorrow and indescribable happiness. Each step forward we regard the future, each step back we reflect on the past. These pathways may cause us to question the journeys we have taken.

Counselling offers a therapeutic relationship where we can begin the process of encountering your map together. During our sessions, we pave the path to discovering your values, worthiness and potential. By understanding the uniqueness of your experiences, and empathically placing myself in your shoes, we can explore wisdom together. A space without fear of judgement and criticism where trust and acceptance facilitate your counselling journey. 

Journeying through meaningful connection and the human landscape to live the life you desire.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced, qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

I am trained in integrative modalities; Psychodynamic and Person Centred. Person Centred therapy aims to encourage individuals to develop their potential through a nurturing relationship. Psychodynamic counselling offers an insight into how past experiences can be resolved so that you can live more fully in the present.

I often integrate creative interventions to compliment my core approaches. I believe that through the arts we can reconnect to the unspoken parts of ourselves, by giving them shape, colour, symbols or metaphor as a means of expression. I use a variety of tools to facilitate this from playdough, sand tray work and Russian dolls to storytelling through drawing. Depending on the client’s preferences, this can feel a safer way to awaken the voice within.

I am passionate in advocating Mental Health and Well Being access for children and young people. Fundamentally I believe that we all have a right to a provision which embraces our individual strengths, interests and circumstances. Adopting a proactive, relational approach is incredibly important to me in that it promotes autonomous solution seeking whilst placing their best interests at heart.

I have worked for a number of agencies specialising in counselling for children and young people in tandem with CAMHS. 

I have worked in Gloucestershire’s mainstream Education sector specialising in collaborative and proactive partnerships with agencies for children with Special Educational Needs.

  • Post Qualification Diploma in counselling children & adolescents.
  • Diploma in therapeutic counselling
  • BA (HONS) Art with Qualified Teacher Status
  • LGBTQI+ informed practitioner
  • Trauma informed practitioner
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trained

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


Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation. During this conversation, you may wish to share what brings you to counselling and potential goals you may wish to work towards. This enables you to get a sense of how we may work together. It’s important to consider if this feels like the desirable first steps of your journey. There is no obligation to continue beyond this session.

I am currently available on Monday face to face or online and Friday online.

  • £40 for initial assessment session (50-minute session)
  • £40 for individual face to face counselling sessions (50-minute session)

I accept cash or electronic transfer. I'm sorry but I cannot accept cheques or card payments.

For further information or to make an appointment please contact me on 07539386399 or via email. If I am unavailable to take your call or email, please leave your name, number and a brief message, and I will aim to get back to you within 2 working days.

I see clients at a comfortable therapy room in Coleford, with plenty of free parking. 

Innovation Business Centre

Mile End Road

Coleford, Gloucestershire

GL16 7QD

During the pandemic, I offered client’s sessions via Zoom and by phone. Transferring to virtual sessions, during an unprecedented situation, need not diminish the relational experience. For some clients it offers the familiar, home based, setting they require and as such have chosen to continue sessions this way.

I am able to work flexibly, both face to face and virtually.

I offer either time limited or open ended counselling. Sessions usually take place weekly, however, I am guided by you. I aim to be accommodating for clients who feel that weekly sessions are not what they need in this moment.

Innovation Spaces, Little Follies, Mile End Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7QD

Type of session

In person