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Qualified Counsellor, Supervisor & Hypnotherapist MBACP

About me

Hello, and Welcome.

Life can throw us curve balls, Covid being a huge one!

Are you struggling with anxiety or depression or maybe things have just gotten too much? Is there maybe some deeper trauma or loss your dealing with. It can be really hard to talk to family or friends without feeling a burden.

We all struggle sometimes and we can need some time alone. Other times we need someone to listen.  Here at Start of the Beginning you can express all your thoughts and feelings safely. In a comfortable and confidential space, without judgement.

Your safety, physical and emotional well being is at the heart of my practice. I offer a safe, relaxed, non-judgemental space. For you to explore all your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
It can be hard to talk to those closest to us especially about those darkest fears and thoughts. Talking through all your feelings and emotions can have a positive impact on your life.
Its important that you find the right counsellor for you.
Having a genuine bond with your therapist makes a massive difference to the therapeutic outcome.
I believe given the right conditions, with the right counsellor, you can find your own answers and the best way for you to move forward.

I offer one to one confidential and therapeutic counselling.

Qualification and experience

I am a Qualified Counsellor,  and a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the BACP for short. This assures you I work ethically, adhering to BACP guidelines in relation to confidentially and always with your best interests at the heart of my practice.

I initially qualified in Person Centred therapy, a non directive and non judgemental talking therapy.

I believe you are the expert on you. I offer a warm safe place for you to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement.

I combine this with the more directive Cogitative Behavioural approach.

As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist I use worksheets and psycho-education to enable you to become your own therapist. I also work using creative tools and interventions when appropriate.

I also offer you the opportunty to explore your thoughts and emotions using more creative approach.  As a creative therapist I offer Sand and symbol work, working with cards images and timelines to name a few.

I am mum of four with one child on the spectrum with extra-ordinary needs. I understand how difficult it can be finding a balance between home and work.

I have a good of understanding individuals on the spectrum, the struggles they and their families face.

Training, qualifications & experience

I offer a combination of person centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and Creative therapy.

I also offer one to one and group Hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is effective for helping clients with issues like anxiety, self esteem, weight loss, and phobias.

I have experience of working with clients who have experienced rape, sexual abuse, trauma, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts, self harm, bereavement, anxiety and depression.

I was a counsellor and an assessment officer at a rape crisis centre for three years working with a range of clients both male, and female, 18 plus years.

I have experience both professionally and personally with autism and aspergers, and have completed a level 3 Understanding individuals with autism.

Qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Qualified Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision.

Qualified Clay Therapist

Qualified Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Qualified Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Qualified Level 3 Counselling Skills

Qualified Level 2 counselling concepts certificate

Level 3 Certificate in Sexual violence.


:Demystifying child sexual exploitation

:Impact of childhood sexual abuse

:Safeguarding adults

:Safeguarding children

:Supporting survivors to explore suicidal feelings.

CAMHS Listening to Children

Mindfullness training.

REWIND Therapy

I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Rape/ sexual violence


Early childhood experience including childhood abuse

Working with anxiety, depression.

Working and understanding of individuals with Autism and/or Asperger's and their families.


Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free initial no obligation counselling consultation on the phone of 20/30 minutes.

Sessions are 50 minutes duration at £40 . Which is payable before the start of the session.

Currently sessions are over the phone or on line via Zoom.

Counselling for counselling students fee is £30,  person centred as required by your training provider.

Supervision is £55 for qualified counsellors and £40 for trainees.

Hypnotherapy is £70 per session

When I work

In this time of uncertainty to keep clients and their families safe I am offering phone or online face to face counselling sessions.

Please get in touch for more information.

Further information

Getting Started,

Call me on 07768124076  or email me clicking the link below, to book a free assessment/ appointment at a convenient time, with no obligation.

It can be hard to take those first steps, but you can do this. This is your Start of The Beginning.

You do not need to bring anything with you except yourself, and find a space where you feel comfortable and safe.

I look forward to meeting you.

Southport, Merseyside, PR9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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In person

I offer one to one and group supervision.

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