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About me

Hi, I am a classically trained person centred counsellor. This means I have a deep belief in the growth and development of you - my client. This can best be achieved when I provide you with a 'safe place' where you can explain your issue and your aims and we will work together to achieve them. I firmly believe that if certain conditions exist between client and counsellor then positive therapeutic change will arise - it is inevitable. These conditions are a combination of the Counsellors own attitudes, training and skills and the relationship formed with the client.

I am also a member of the BACP Spirituality division which honours spirituality, belief and pastoral care in counselling and psychotherapy.

In our counselling relationship you will never be judged. In fact, you will be my primary concern; valued and respected in our partnership which I will treat as private, ethical and confidential.

We will work at a pace that is comfortable for you and review progress at regular intervals. You will receive from me; appropriate sensitivity, and a caring honesty which will always put you first. I will work ethically, legally and openly at all times.

You can expect to have a free first session of 30-50 minutes without commitment. Then, if you feel you will benefit from the counselling I can provide, we will discuss an initial number of counselling sessions and how we review your progress.

If I cannot provide the type of counselling I feel you need, I will always be honest about this. I will discuss it thoroughly with you and help you find the best way forward. This is because you are the main concern in a counselling relationship which is built on trust.

I have not always been a counsellor.  I have a BA degree in Housing Studies and worked for 22 years in an organisation with the highest integrity and probity on behalf of frail, disabled and elderly people.  Whilst there, I learned about the intense difficulties that life can bring and the compassion and practical help, that can be offered by very special people.  I strive to practise this.

I am also offering RELAXATION and MEDITATION COURSES at reduced rates.
Apart from my private counselling, I currently conduct Counselling work for a Hospice and an Occupational Health company.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Related Qualifications

  • NLP Practitioner 2006
  • NLP Master Practitioner 2007
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) trained Coach 2008
  • Level 2 Person Centred Counselling 2009
  • Level 3 Advanced Counselling Skills 2011- Merit
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2018
  • PTSD Diploma 2019 - Distinction
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 2021

Other courses e.g. Continuous Professional Development

  • Meditation guided practise - 1988-90
  • Suicide Prevention - 2016
  • Hypnotherapy - 2019
  • Transaction analysis- 2020
  • Bereavement counselling 2020

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

  • pet bereavement

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£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


  • I provide an initial session which is free so that clients can decide if they might benefit.
  • Following this, my fees are £40 per session.
  • Sessions last 50 minutes following which, and in agreement with you, I will keep brief confidential notes of progress.
  • Counselling students at the reduced rate of £20 per session.


  • £20 per session

When I work

Available 9am -8pm  Monday to Friday

Home visits can be arranged.

Further information

A standard contract will be part of the counselling relationship, so that the client knows exactly what to expect. An initial number of sessions will be agreed but the client is free to leave counselling at any time. Progress towards the client's therapeutic goal will regularly assessed and the clients personal preferences will be discussed and incorporated wherever possible.

It is very important to me that the client feels part of the process rather than being talked down to (patronised) by a so-called 'expert'. Person-centred work considers the client as the expert in their own lives. The person-centred counsellor works to help the client to recognise their true selves.

Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme