About me


At this difficult, worrying time, you may be looking for support to talk about the impact of our current situation on your life and which may also be bringing other concerns to the surface.  Whilst I am not able to offer in person sessions at the moment, I am offering appointments by phone, or by video using Zoom or What's App, beginning with a free 20 minute initial conversation to discuss with you the best way forward.  Please message me if you would like to talk to me.

I bring to my work compassion, sensitivity and a commitment to facilitating change, with a particular interest in working with people in transition (for example, returning to work, relationship break up, career change, redundancy, retirement) and the impact of these life transitions.

I offer a safe space where clients can talk about present difficulties and explore unresolved past issues and patterns which may be getting in the way of living the life they want. I work one to one with adults with a wide range of issues.

My passion and interest lie in working alongside clients to help them move forward to live the life they desire.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis (Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute (CPTI), Edinburgh
  • 4 year postgraduate training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (CPTI)
  • Gestalt Theory and Practice course, Spectrum, London
  • The Cape Cod Training Programme in Couples, Families & Small Systems work Gestalt International Study Centre (GISC), USA
  • Applying the Cape Cod Model to Coaching (GISC), USA
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance
  • MSc Careers Guidance and Employment Counselling

I have 19 years experience as a therapist and over the past 35 years have worked in various management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

I offer retirement coaching to people approaching retirement and to those who have already retired and are looking for support in making the transition from working life to finding a new direction.

I also practice as a coach mainly in the public sector and with private clients and offer individual and group supervision to staff in the NHS and in the voluntary sector.

Member organisations


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.


£50 per session for individuals (1 hour)

Further information

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Registered Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Regular Member of the ITAA (International Institute of Transactional Analysis)
  • Member of BACP Coaching Division

I abide by the codes of ethics and professional practice of the above organisations

83 Princes Street


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Wheelchair user access


Day and Evening appointments

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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