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BA (hons) MBACP (Accred)
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 28th May 2022

About me

Is there something you need to talk about but you don’t know where to start? ….

Trying to talk about things that are private, upsetting or difficult can be daunting and feel risky. Yet I know from personal experience how transformative it can be to talk at these times.

My approach acknowledges the importance of creating a respectful, empathic and trusting relationship with clients, which creates the space for a person to explore the issues they are facing and move forward in meaningful and positive ways.

About me

I work with adults, young adults (aged 16-30), parents and couples.

I use an integrative counselling model. This means I draw from a variety of approaches that allows me to tailor counselling to each person’s unique needs. My approach is informed by models of human development.

I am experienced at working with a wide variety of presenting issues such as anxiety and stress, anger, trauma, depression, facing illness, disordered eating, relationship difficulties including parenting issues, trauma, complex trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

I now run a private practice specialising in adults, but I have previously worked in both primary and secondary schools, have delivered counselling for the NHS to young people, and have worked for Newcastle University Student Wellbeing. I particularly enjoy working with young adults: students, young professionals, 16-19 year olds.

What's involved?

I offer a free telephone consultation for up to 20 minutes in order for you to assess whether you want counselling and what is involved and I always begin counselling with an assessment session with no obligation to continue.

If you wish to engage in counselling with me we would then agree the frequency and timing of our future sessions. This is usually a 50 minute session at weekly intervals at a regular time, but this can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Counselling is a collaborative process and we would regularly review our work together to ensure we are making progress that is meaningful to you and to give you space to decide how you want to proceed.


£50 per 50 minute individual session 

£70 per 50 minutes couples session 

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred)
Registered member of the Association of Christian Counsellors
BA (hons) counselling
Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Certificate in Couples Counselling

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.


Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

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
Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also have specific training to help people explore how their spirituality, faith, identity or meaning of life is impacted when facing difficulties.


£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 – Individual 50 minute session

I offer a free initial telephone assessment for up to 20 minutes to help you assess whether counselling is right for you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer daytime (from 11.30am) and evening appointments Monday - Thursday.

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6

Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

At my NE6 venue the building and room is fully wheelchair accessible and there are accessible toilets. There is free on street parking outside on Heaton Road, including some dedicated disabled spaces. I also offer Zoom sessions.

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