About me

I am a Relate trained BACP accredited counsellor and have been working with couples and families for over 20 years. I am based in St Albans, with convenient on street parking. I also work in Harpenden. I offer counselling to individuals, couples and families in a supportive and safe setting where uncomfortable and difficult feelings can be explored together.

As a BACP Accredited counsellor I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedures.

In offering Relationship Counselling I provide an opportunity for couples and individuals to explore and make sense of relationship issues in a non-judgemental, safe environment.

The sort of issues that couples come to counselling with are:

  • Communication difficulties
  • Concerns about sex and intimacy
  • Affairs and the repercussions’ that they bring
  • Parenting issues and parenting styles
  • Becoming parents
  • Redundancy, job loss and financial worries

Couple counselling can provide an opportunity to create a more nurturing and satisfying relationship that better meets the needs of both partners.

It may be that you are considering separation, in which case, having a non-judgemental, safe environment in which to openly discuss your concerns, in particular how to tell your children, can be extremely helpful.

The sort of issues that bring families to counselling include:

  • Communication breakdown
  • Changes and life stage issues
  • The teenage years
  • Managing multi-generation families

Family counselling offers the opportunity to air hurt and angry feelings in a supportive setting and begin to negotiate and establish new ground rules for a more harmonious family life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relate, Trained as a Relate Counsellor, Modular on-going training over 2 years. 1991-1993

Relate, Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling, Theory and Practice. March 2000

University of Hertfordshire, Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling. July 2009 (2 year course)

University of Hull, MA in Relationship Therapy. September 2012 (3 year course)

One of the requirements of BACP accreditation, and in being a Relate counsellor, is for on-going training; as such I attend regular training events to ensure that my skills and knowledge are of the highest standard.

Although I have been a relationship counsellor since 1991, I have also provided communication skills training in the private and public sector. From 2001 to 2006 I worked as a teaching assistant with children in nursery and primary school. Since 2009 I have provided counselling support to children in both primary and secondary school.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.


Additional information

Counselling sessions are generally 50 minutes, I can offer week days and evenings.

Fees are between £55 and £65 per hour.

Further information

Please feel free to contact me with no obligation via the link, above, or phone, 07539 345043. If I am not available when you call please leave a brief message and I will endeavour to return your call within 24 hours.

The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St Albans

1 Kirkdale

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Gill Darby