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Counsellor | Counselling in Cheltenham

About me

Who do I work with?

Anxiety, stress and overwhelm can feel really lonely, however you don't have to feel alone with all of this; I offer a friendly, caring and confidential counselling service that can help you find tools to cope with these feelings and ultimately feel much better.

Perhaps you have the feeling of not being 'enough'? Do you feel properly loved? Is it difficult to be kind to yourself? Do you hate to let anyone down or say 'yes' even when you are already completely overstretched? Have you ever wondered why you do this or feel this way? If you are thinking "that's just like me" then I can help you.

I feel passionate about helping people like you to find answers as to why you feel this way and to start feeling good about yourself, less anxious or overwhelmed. If you feel ready to move forwards, we can work together towards creating any changes that you would like to make in your life; for example you might decide you want to put some boundaries in for yourself or you may want to be able to say "NO" sometimes and not feel guilty about it. Working together you can discover who you really are and work towards positive change for your future.

What to expect from your first session

It can take courage to call or email to book a first initial session and I try my very best to help you feel ok about meeting me for the first time. I work compassionately and without judgment so you can bring anything to counselling, all is welcome, you are welcome.

During our first session I will take a little time to let you know about confidentiality and how I can keep you and your information safe. After that you are welcome to tell me whatever you would like to; why you are looking for counselling, how you are feeling and what has happened to you. You can just go ahead and splurge it all out or, if that feels way too scary, I can gently ask you some questions to help you through the process. At the end you can either book in again or go away and have a think about whether you'd be happy to work together with me going forwards then let me know by email.

Often it has taken a long journey to get to where you are now in life, it is necessary to unravel it slowly, with someone you think you can build a trusting relationship with. I will encourage you to take time to be patient and compassionate with yourself, for some that can be a challenge in itself. However counselling works! Things will move forward, changes will happen and you can feel better.


I offer daytime sessions from Tuesday to Friday with evening sessions available at 5.15pm 6.30pm and 7.45pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I also offer a free initial 30 minute session.

Contact me by email, text or phone. For email enquiries please leave a phone number too so that I can let you know I have replied; my emails to clients often land in 'junk mail' , I will drop you a brief text to let you know a reply is waiting for you. To ensure confidentiality, I will not phone you back unless you specifically ask me too.

You don't have to work it all out alone, contact me today for a quick chat or a free initial session and we can talk about how I can help you.

I work mostly in the following areas:

  • Anxiety, Stress and Worry
  • Feelings of disconnection and emptiness
  • Self Worth and Self Esteem
  • Relationship issues with parents and partners
  • Adults who have/had difficult relationships with mothers and/or fathers
  • Adults who suffered Childhood Emotional Neglect / Emotional Abandonment
  • Depression
  • People pleasing

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2009 I gained a  BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy. More recently I achieved an Advanced Certificate in Counselling.

Whilst working in a low cost counselling agency I worked with a wide variety of clients and also gained my Diploma (Level 5) in Person Centred Counselling (BACP approved course).

​I have a British Focussing Association Certificate in Focussing Skills.

Currently I am working with counselling students as a Counselling Skills Facilitator on the Advanced Certificate in Counselling course in Bristol.

I am a member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS) which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

I continue to access CPD regularly, including the following:

  • Working with The Impact of Childhood Complexity
  • Working at Relational Depth
  • Working with Shame
  • Dealing with Distress - Working with Suicide and Self-Harm

Member organisations

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute initial session so that you can see if you'd like to work together. After that I charge £55 for a 60 minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime sessions available from Tuesday to Friday

Evening sessions between 5.15pm and 7pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I also offer a free initial 30 minute session.

Further information

When you call, text or email me I will reply as quickly as I can. If you haven't received a response by email within 24 hours, please check all your email folders as it may land in your junk/spam mail box.

​Alternatively if you save my email to your contact list it will come straight to your inbox.

​I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults