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PGDip (Pscych) Reg.BACP

About me


I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

You may have been thinking of seeing someone for some time, and I understand that it might feel difficult to take the first step. However, once taken, it may lead to a better understanding of how you find yourself, where you are in your life and how it may become more fulfilling.

The most important aspect of any therapy, regardless of modality, is the therapeutic relationship. I work in a creative, collaborative way and in your initial consultation we can discuss and explore what might work for you.

The therapeutic environment is also important. I work from a pleasant, purpose built counselling room that provides a peaceful environment and a safe collaborative space. It has it's own private access with parking on the drive.

I can draw on a number of methods to find a way of working that suits you and supports your exploration. This might be talking through what you are finding difficult at the moment. We can also use tools such as sand tray, clay or other materials should you wish to explore a particular issue or situation in that way.

I work with both adults and young people from 16 years onward. I can offer short term therapy to support you through a difficult period. Should you wish to explore a particular issue, time limited work may provide you with a better understanding of where you are, and help develop strategies to navigate the difficulties. I can also offer an open-ended approach to explore in more depth or address historical issues. This does not mean that therapy may last for years, rather, we see where the therapy takes you and when the time feels right for you we can then work towards an ending.

Your initial consultation will last for approximately 75 minutes, subsequent counselling sessions will last for 50 minutes and take place at the same time on the same day each week.

My role, as your therapist, is to facilitate your journey as I believe everyone has the ability to find the answers they seek and what they need inside themselves.

My previous experience I have worked as a Assessing Psychotherapist and member of the Allocations Team for a charitable counselling service and volunteered some counselling sessions one evening per week.

I served as psychotherapist for a Greencare therapy group which is a therapy for people with a diagnosis of various personality disorders or complex mental health issues.
Growing Better Lives

I was a Director of Growing Better Lives (GBL), a community interest company that develops and researches innovative approaches to mental healthcare. I remain a member of this organisation.  GBL runs various projects:

Greencare makes use of the natural environment in therapeutic programmes.  Greencare leaflet

Living and learning runs training programmes for professionals.

Social futures is a research programme in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health.

Diagnosis and Beyond is a service which offers holistic psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, formulation and recommendations

Training, qualifications & experience

PGDip in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Bridge Pastoral Foundation)

Member organisations


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

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

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Additional information

Session Fee is £50.   I offer concession rates when available.

When I work

Zoom or Skype sessions availableTuesday     2pm, 6pm
Wednesday 10am, 5pm, 6pm
Thursday 1pm, 2pm 6.30pm
I may be able to offer some other sessions according to availability.

4 Carling Road, Sonning Common, READING, West Berkshire, RG4 9TG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

My room can accommodate a wheel chair, however, I don't have a ramp, nor disabled toilet.