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Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21

About me

You may be feeling low or have issues of anxiety. Whatever feelings are troubling you, it can help to talk to someone who is trained to actively listen, accept unconditionally what you say, and to help you explore and make sense of thoughts and feelings. From there you can start to feel you have a choice, which can lead to change, or positive coping strategies.

I've worked with clients with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and/or stress.

I offer face to face counselling services in Sawbridgeworth and Bishop's Stortford, or online via video or audio (Zoom), instant text (What'sApp) or via email exchanges. I provide services to adolescents, young people and adults.

Please email in the first instance if you would like to have further information.

Sometimes we can feel 'stuck' in our lives, and feel like we don't have a choice. Counselling can lead you to a place in which you do have a choice again, whether that's moving towards change, or by learning healthy coping strategies.

I can offer you a confidential space to explore anything that may be troubling you, with acceptance, and without judgement. This means you can be free to explore your thoughts and feelings, without the fear of being criticised.

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes in length, and counselling is open ended, meaning there is not a fixed amount of sessions.

I am a qualified counsellor with a BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy. I have a Diploma in Online Counselling gained through OCST. I'm also a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and abide by their ethical guidelines. I hold professional indemnity insurance.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Online counselling

I have extensive experience of online counselling through my previous role as a Childline counsellor, using instant text messaging, telephone and email exchanges.

I have several years experience with face to face client work, including GP referrals and a placement in an alcohol misuse agency, providing counselling. I also have experience of working therapeutically with adults and young people.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £40.00 to £52.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Face 2 face sessions available for £52

Online sessions available for £40

Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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