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Counselling Practitioner (Reg BACP member)

About me


⭐️first session free to decide if I’m the right counsellor for you. 
Have you been experiencing anxiety and depression lately, and feeling your unable to cope?. Have you felt like a burden on others and unable to to talk about your feelings to your friends and family?. Are you feeling sad, isolated and alone because of a generalised anxiety disorder or panic attacks. Please don't feel like you have to do this alone. There is nothing to small/big or “silly” to bring to therapy. 

I'm aware that deciding whether Counselling is right for you can be daunting, and I'm sure you have many questions. This is why I offer a first free session so that I can clearly explain what I do, and how it works best for each person uniquely, so you can decide if me or therapy is right for you. 

I am human, as you are, and so I really do pride myself on being genuine, open and honest and my job as a therapist is to make you feel comfortable in the room and then help you on your journey to overcome or manage whatever it is life has thrown your way. 

I feel very passionate about the work I do with each of you, and so I can assure you that my main focus is you and your journey.

Why would you choose me over someone else?
An Important part of counselling and its process is choosing the right Counsellor for you. This is where you can feel safe and heard and the knowing that the Counsellors main focus is you and your well being.

So by entering into the counselling process with myself I can assure :-

* Equality
* Safe and confidential
* Review of therapy on a regular basis to ensure your getting the best out of the sessions
* Honesty
* Transparency
* Genuineness
* Non - Judgemental
* Due to the knowledge I have of different therapies it enables me to work in a way where I can adapt to suit your needs as a client.

I offer a private and confidential practice based within a well established counselling practice and I abide by the code of ethics that are put in place by the British Association of Counselling & psychotherapy.
I also have valid Insurance.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • AQA Level 2 Certificate in Counselling skills. Including Loss & Grief
  • AQA Advanced Diploma level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling                                                         (Transactional Analysis, Person Centred, Psycho dynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Practitioners Diploma in CBT
  • Working with children & young people certified course
  • Rewind Technique Certified course.
  • Counselling Supervisor Course
  • Sand Play therapy
  • The chaotic and unorganised child workshop
  • The blob tree workshop
  • Creative arts and sand tray therapy workshop

Counsellor and Counselling supervisor at Basildon Mind. Working with adults and youths till Present
Volunteer Counsellor at Open Adult Counselling Service.
Support group worker for Mind at a college for under achievers at school.
Private practice working with Adults, Children.

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

OCD intrusive thoughts
Communication issues


From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Adult £45 per 50 min session
Young adults 13-18 £30 per 50 min session
Student £30 per 50 min session
The rewind Technique is used for PTS or PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder). 

Fees Payable at the end of each session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Available weekdays and Weekends. Times negotiable to meet your individual needs and requirements.

1212A London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2UA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

There is one flight of stairs.