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MBACP Dip. Couns

About me

I am able to offer you a safe space where you can bring your issues and help you explore your feelings, beliefs and behaviours.  Talking through your experiences and being heard will support you to become more self-aware and enable you to discover your own resolutions.  This will also help you build your self-confidence and appreciate that you always have options.

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor and I believe working in this way will lead you to discover your own abilities and autonomy, so that you can cope with current and future problems.

At present I can offer you counselling online and over the telephone. I have the fullest commitment to offering you a counselling space which is supportive, non-discriminatory and non-judgemental.   

I offer counselling for a range of issues including anxiety, family issues, low self-confidence; low self-esteem; social anxiety; feeling low/sad; bereavement; trauma; stress.  

If you wish to book an initial counselling session with me this does not mean you are obligated to attend further sessions. This initial session is a way of helping you get a feel for what counselling involves and most importantly help you decide if you can work with me.

My commitment to you is to: 

Promote your wellbeing in a safe environment.
Be mindful that going on your inner journey may be frightening, exhausting.
To be present for you, but not intrusive.
To respect you and your decisions for yourself. 
To respect your right to find your own resolutions.
To support you and encourage you on your inner journey.
To always respect you and your experiences.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within the BACP ‘Ethical Framework for Counsellors’, and also the BACP Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy. Information relating to both of these documents can be found at

As well as offering private counselling sessions I also work at a school where I attend safeguarding training and offer counselling to students, parents and staff.  

I have regular clinical supervision and I am continually attending Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses and take every opportunity to further my professional and personal development through attending conferences, courses and workshops.

Qualifications and CPD training:

  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 1 Safeguarding Training 
  • Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate (Counselling Tutor - Accredited Course)
  • BACP Private Practice Conferences
  • BACP CYPF Conferences

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

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Each 50 minute counselling session is £50.  Initial counselling session is £15.00.

A discount is available if 6 sessions are paid for in advance.

Reduced rates are offered to those who work in an educational environment.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Appointments evening sessions are available at present

Further information

Working Online and via Telephone

Online counselling therapy is a way for you to engage in counselling using internet technology such as telephone or webcam video. You direct your counselling by selecting the method of communication you feel most comfortable with. You choose the time, the place and the pace of your counselling to suit your needs.

I will make every effort to offer a safe and secure environment for your online therapy with encryption software to protect your confidentiality and secure.

Zoom is a way for you to see me face-to-face from your computer whilst engaging in counselling. I can guide you through setting up your own Zoom account and I would send you logon details for a time that we have previously arranged. Sessions are 50 minutes in length. Being able to see me gives you more of the benefits you get from face-to-face counselling, but with the convenience of online therapy.

An advantage of telephone counselling is that non-verbal communication can be carried in you tone of voice or the pace of speech which can be picked up by your counsellor. A disadvantage of telephone counselling is that you need a private room where you will not be overheard.

Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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