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About me

It can be daunting to ask for help when things in life have become overwhelming. Perhaps you are struggling with relationship issues or are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression, or are affected by a bereavement. Many people seek counselling when they are under a lot of stress, or because they find they have low self-esteem or a lack of self-confidence.

I believe that the key to success in counselling lies in developing a trusting, caring relationship. I aim to offer you a warm, calm, supportive and non-judgmental environment in which by talking together we can look at whatever difficult issues you are facing. I work by listening and responding carefully to everything you say. Whether it relates to something from your past which is still troubling you or something you are worried about which has yet to happen, if it concerns you now, then it is relevant and of interest to me in working with you. Sometimes it may also be helpful to discuss how we are relating to one another.

Your aims in coming to counselling will be individual and unique to you. My aims are to engage with you sensitively and respectfully and to help you understand your feelings at your own pace.

Training, qualifications & experience

After obtaining a Certificate in Counselling Skills in 2004, I later went on to gain an MA in Humanistic Counselling (Distinction) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies (Merit), both from the University of Nottingham.

I have an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Middlesex University. I also have a Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Gestalt), both from the Metanoia Institute in London.

I have a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Couple Work and am available to offer relationship counselling.

I have undertaken training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

I have an enhanced DBS certificate and am fully insured.

I have several years of experience of working therapeutically both short-term and longer-term with adults across a wide age range, including working in a GP surgery, a charity and in private practice.

I worked in the voluntary sector for several years as a volunteer counsellor, couples counsellor and assessor at Nottingham Counselling Service.

I have worked as a volunteer on a helpline supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse and have been a trustee of a rape and sexual abuse support centre. I have also worked as a legal advice volunteer in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau and in a law centre.

In my previous career as a solicitor I have extensive private sector legal experience of helping people through separation, divorce and bereavement.

I abide by the code of ethics of the UKCP.

I can offer personal therapy to trainee counsellors or psychotherapists studying at diploma, undergraduate degree or master's level.

I believe passionately in the value of counselling and psychotherapy and am fully committed to ethical practice and to continuing and enhancing my personal and professional development.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.


European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT)

The European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) was founded in 1985, with the aim of fostering a high professional standard for Gestalt therapy and encouraging research. Today over 1000 members (institutional and individual) from more than 20 European Nations are already part of the association. Ordinary Members must have either trained at an EAGT Accredited Training school or completed a training programme comprising at least 1450 hours. Members of this body must adhere to their Code of Ethics, and there is a complaints process to allow members of the public to bring concerns to the body's attention.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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


Additional information

Individuals: £45 per session (50 minutes).
Couples: £60 per session (60 minutes).
Some concessions are available.

All sessions are payable, including the initial session. This initial session will give us an opportunity to meet one another and to see whether we can work together. After this I can offer you a fixed number of sessions or a longer-term arrangement, either of which can be reviewed as time goes on.

As is common practice, I need 24 hours notice of cancellation otherwise the missed session is payable.

Daytime or evening appointments are available.

Further information

Online and telephone counselling currently being offered in place of face-to-face work.

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

Ground floor room. One step. Toilet on ground floor.