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About me

As your counsellor, during our time together, I will make every effort to:

understand your world, value you unconditionally, be genuine.

I am not just a supportive listener, my active involvement can facilitate greater awareness of yourself, your influences and how you are in the world. These insights can bring meaningful change.

You might come with specific things to address: life events recent or past, relationships, identity, sexuality, for example.

 Perhaps they might be harder to pinpoint: feelings of anxiety, low mood, lack of confidence, a tendency to do yourself down.

My role is to provide a protected, calm and non-judgemental space where the aim is to feel increasingly able to:

feel less anxious, more connected to those around you,

value yourself more,

feel less guarded, self protective, threatened,

rely increasingly on your own experience, less on others' opinions,

be open to your genuine feelings and experience, both past and present, to trust and act on them,

accept the movement and change in you.

I would like you to feel valued here, able to express how things are,                         to ‘get hold of the seed, the thread of who you are’.

The quality of relationship between client and therapist is key and the first session gives a strong indication of how this might develop. To build momentum, it usually makes sense for the first couple of sessions to be weekly; then it becomes clear to all involved when and if it is right to space them out more, or indeed to stop.

Therapy may serve a purpose for a particular period and can be resumed at a later date.  There is no ‘one size fits all’.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Postgraduate diploma in counselling from the University of East Anglia.

I work in the person centred approach.

I attend regular supervision to conform to BACP codes of practice.

I have a DBS check and hold professional indemnity insurance.

As well as working privately, I volunteer in a low cost counselling agency.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

£45 for up to 1 hour, working one to one.

£60 for around 1 hour, working with a couple.

When I work

I am available during the week, both day and evening as well as Saturday morning.

Further information

I work from a consulting room at home in Woodbridge where parking is available, around 10 minutes walk from the railway station.

Woodbridge, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12

Type of session

In person