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About me

I have experience in many areas including addictions, depression, bipolar, anxiety, stress, identity, anger, low self-esteem, rape & sexual abuse, relationships, emotional issues, asperger's/autism, sexuality & self-harm. You are not alone.

Choosing a counsellor can be difficult which is why I offer a reduced rate first session so you can come and find out if you think counselling is for you and if we can work together.

About counselling

Life can be very hard at times and taking time out to talk to someone who is respectful, non-judgemental and listens emphatically can help you to reflect upon and gain insight into your unique life experiences. An understanding of our dilemmas, emotions and experiences can help us to make sense of them and move forward.

How I work

I mainly work humanistically which means that the central aim of my counselling practice is not about telling you what to do but promoting empowerment through the development of a trusting relationship where you can feel safe to get in touch with emotions and inner feelings.

I offer a calm environment for you to explore issues or problems which may be troubling you. I am passionate about the benefits of counselling having witnessed them on so many occasions


If you are a counselling student looking for therapy as part of your course, feel free to call for an informal talk as I see many clients throughout their training. I offer reduced rates to all students if finance is difficult.

Where to find me

My practice is under a mile from Guildford town centre, train station and Surrey University and close to the A3. Free 2 hour parking is available.

What I can offer

  • Professional assessment
  • Short term counselling
  • Long term psychotherapy
  • Face to face therapy
  • Email (asynchronous counselling)
  • Instant messaging (synchronous counselling)
  • Skype (or similar)
  • Telephone support

Training, qualifications & experience


FdA (Commendation) Integrative Humanistic Counselling, Greenwich University

NCFE Levels 1,2 and 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory

OCST 2 Online Counselling Skills Certificate (with Credit)


As well as my private practice which I've been running for many years, I manage a community counselling service for children and young people and I manage counsellors who work in schools in Surrey and West Sussex. I have also been a Trustee for a counselling organisation in Woking, counselled students at Portsmouth University and worked as an addictions Counsellor and Group facilitator at SAdAS (Southern Addictions Advisory Service, now Catalyst)

I have several years of experience working with an online counselling service for 11-25 year olds as well as working online with private clients.

I am experienced in both short term counselling work and long term psychotherapy. I have worked with clients with a wide and diverse range of issues from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds.

I also Clinically Supervise other Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Further Training

ASSIST : Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Working with Attachment                  
Working with Sexual Abuse
LGBT Awareness         
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy          
Transactional Analysis                      
Motivational Interviewing
Solution Focused Therapy
Maintaining Behaviour Change
Group Work Skills
SMART Group Facilitation
Safer Injecting
Legal Highs
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Safeguarding Policies & Procedures

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As well as the above, I have a particular interest in and extensive knowledge of Aspergers (ASD) and Bipolar Disorder. I am also a trained and experienced Addictions Counsellor.


Additional information

Initial Session £20

Following Sessions £50

Concessions available for students and those in genuine hardship.

When I work

Daytime & evenings

Further information

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) the Association of Independent Practitioners (AIP) and the Association for counselling and therapy online (ACTO).

I have professional insurance and an enhanced DBS check.

Guildford, Surrey, GU1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme