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NCS (Accred) Prof. Dip Psy C., MBACP

About me

I am a qualified integrative counsellor based in Birstall, Leicester. I am a registered member of the BACP and the National Counselling Society. I provide a safe, comfortable, confidential, non-judgemental place for you to talk, share your concerns and to be listened to.

How I work:

I use a person-centred approach to enable you to explore your thoughts and concerns at your pace, in a way that suits you. I can integrate a range of approaches including psychodynamic, CBT, solution-focused, TIST (Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment) depending on your needs and desired outcomes. If these terms aren't familiar to you...what I do is provide the space for you to deal with things that are bothering you, and stopping you from living the life you want to live, by supporting you to work through issues at your own pace.

How I can support you:

I have experience of working therapeutically with young people and adults on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, abuse, relationships, family issues, self-esteem, eating disorders and stress.

The client:therapist relationship:

The most important aspect of any therapy is the relationship between client and therapist; it is important to develop an authentic, trusting relationship. For that reason, it is important for us to meet before you commit to any short or long term therapy. An initial assessment meeting gives us the chance to establish whether we will be a good fit for each other, whether you feel I will be able to support you in the changes you want to make and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our sessions or counselling in general.

How counselling can help:

There are times in all of our lives when we get 'stuck' and find ourselves not able to live the life we want to live. This may be because of a particular traumatic incident, a bereavement, an unhealthy relationship, bad habits, general anxiety or stress.

When we have an issue in our lives, which is preventing us from being happy, it can be hard to work this through on our own. Through counselling, we can begin to understand our own behaviour and history so we can understand why we do what we do...then we can begin to make more positive choices and changes in our lives.

The role of counselling is to help you to become 'unstuck' and move on.

What to expect in your first session:

In our initial meeting, I will ask you to outline why you want to come to counselling and what you would like to get from the process. I will ask you some basic details about you and your life and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions and share any concerns you may have about the counselling process.

In subsequent sessions, what we talk about will be guided by you - the time we have together is a chance for you to talk about the things that are important to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive experience working with young people, between the ages of 11 and 19, on a wide range of issues. I am also experienced in working with people affected by cancer.


From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £50 per session.

I offer reduced fees of £40 for students, trainee counsellors and for those on low income.

The initial consultation will be up to an hour long, and the price for this is £40.

When I work

Daytime and evenings

Further information

Counselling sessions generally take place weekly and last for 50 minutes.

My practice is in Birstall.

My Birstall practice is close to the A6 and A46. There is easy parking, directly outside.

Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
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.

My counselling room is on the ground floor and there is parking directly outside.