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MBACP (Accredited),Reg No: 21583

About me

DURING THE COVID 19 lockdown and social distancing I am offering counselling via Video link on either SKYPE or ZOOM, as well as telephone counselling.

Maybe you are anxious, depressed, struggling in a relationship, or with some kind of loss, for example?
With me you can expect a safe, supportive and challenging environment in which it is my hope you will experience acceptance, empathy and genuineness to facilitate insight and understanding that can lead to change or enable you sometimes to come to terms with things you can't necessarily change.

I am a professionally qualified counsellor and have worked in a wide variety of settings including the NHS, general counselling agencies in Brussels, Birmingham and Tamworth and now in independent private practice. 
I work with individuals (over 18) in long, medium and short term work in a therapy room in Mickleover, Derby.

Talking to someone who is empathic and giving their full attention can lead to insight into sometimes confusing or difficult thoughts and feelings and help to work out what could change. I see this as a collaborative process, not something which you experience passively - for therapy to be effective, both of us need to be active participants in the process. During an initial free consultation we will work together to decide whether counselling or psychotherapy maybe an appropriate form of help for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling (2002)
  • Diploma in Person-centred counselling and psychotherapy (2007)
  • Advanced Diploma in CBT methods for person-centred therapists (2009)
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (2009)
  • Accredited by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • On UK register for Counselling and Psychotherapy

I have 18 years experience working as a therapist in general counselling agencies in an English speaking agency in Brussels, and centres in Birmingham and Tamworth, as well as in a GP Surgery in Staffordshire. I have run my own independent private practice for over 11 years.

I am also a qualified Counselling supervisor and have supervised Counsellors working in a wide variety of contexts. I am person-centred though I have worked with counsellors from an integrative background due to my training in and understanding of other modalities. I am a member of APSE (Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education) and also have experience supervising people in church leadership.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

When it is appropriate I am able to work with creative tools to facilitate the client's process.

I offer supervision to therapists and counsellors.


Additional information

£40 for individuals
you may be eligible for a reduced rate, please enquire.

I offer concessions for key workers

When I work

8.30 am - 8.30 pm Monday to Thursday

Further information

Over the last twenty four years I have lived in Asia, Europe and England and worked pastorally in a variety of settings, and have particular interest in relationship issues, loss, bereavement, cultural, and spiritual issues.

Derby, Derbyshire, DE3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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.


In person

I am a qualified person-centred Supervisor, and have a varied and interesting independent private practice covering many different issues in my client work.

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