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MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, BSc (Hons), Registered MBACP

About me

I offer general counselling/psychotherapy, but specialise in working with clients who have poor self-worth and body-image issues.  I work with clients on acceptance of self, from my quiet garden office. 

My website gives you more information about my approach. Starting with a new counsellor can be scary, especially if you're worried about feeling judged. My main aim is to put you at ease, so you can explore what matters to you freely. 

I offer sessions remotely, over the telephone or online, such as by Teams, Zoom and Skype. This means that I can work with clients across the country and abroad. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Leeds (2016)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, University of Leeds (2013)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – Royal Holloway University, University of London (2001)

My highest qualification is a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. This is a higher qualification than a post-graduate diploma. I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in line with the BACP’s Ethical Framework. 

I’m highly trained in various approaches to counselling/psychotherapy, and draw on these approaches as needed. So the type of therapy I offer is 'integrative'. 

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Self-esteem
  • Self-acceptance
  • Size acceptance
  • Plus size counselling
  • Body-image concerns

Therapies offered


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45 for a 50 minute session.

I offer a limited number of sessions at a concessionary rate to students or clients on a low income. Please contact me to check availability. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

Please contact me if you’d like to know more or to book a session.

If you call and I can't answer, please leave a message with your name and number. I'll reply as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours on weekdays. 

Our first session together will be an introductory session. This is a lot like normal counselling, but we’ll also be seeing if we both feel we can work together.  The introductory session is the same price as ongoing counselling. 

Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Please contact me to discuss how we can make meeting remotely accessible for you.