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About me

I operate in London (SW7), Tunbridge Wells and online. 

I am a counsellor, coach and wellbeing consultant. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, an advanced member of Addiction Professionals registration body, a senior member of the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists & Hypnotherapists, am a member of the International Stress Management Association and the Complex Trauma Institute. I am an addictions and eating disorder specialist and I also work with issues such as:

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self Harm, Self Esteem, Loneliness, Burnout, Stress Management & prevention as well as other disorders.

I offer a range of services from 1:1 counselling/coaching , group counselling/coaching and workshops. I trained at Richmond College and the National Centre for Eating Disorders and am strongly informed by 12 step philosophy. My focus is helping clients to look after their mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health, to find meaning and to thrive in life. I have a holistic view of mental health and wellbeing. I work collaboratively with my clients using both counselling and coaching skills to help promote positive, lasting change. My approach could be described as pluralistic using a number of different therapeutic models to best suit each clients needs in an integrative manner. These models include ACT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis & inner child work, Person Centred, Humanistic, Motivational interviewing and positive psychology to name a few.

In a corporate setting I work with leaders and teams alike helping organisations develop a culture of wellbeing, vulnerability, productivity, creativity and innovation.

Since 2017 I have drawn on my own personal experience and training to support those I work with. My own journey through life has brought me to this point where I am able to use my life experience to help others. 

I am a mental health and wellbeing campaigner, am an advocate for mental fitness and living a balanced life. If you or someone you know is struggling with poor mental health, wellbeing or addiction issues please don’t hesitate to get in reach out. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling
  • Eating disorder & obesity training with the National Centre for Eating Disorders
  • Registered member of the BACP
  • Registered member of the International Stress Management Association
  • Advanced member of Addiction Professionals
  • Senior Member ACCPH

I am a consultant therapist at Start 2 Stop, a London residential and outpatient addictions treatment centre. 

I am a consultant therapist with Orchestrate Mental Health & Addcounsel.

I am a consultant therapist with DimensionWorx.

I am a consultant with Stress Matters a workplace wellbeing specialist.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Private 1:1 sessions (50 min) = from £80 (dependant on location)

I have a limited number of concession slots available. 

Corporate Wellbeing Consultancy = price on application. I offer a range of corporate services from 1:1 and group counselling/coaching sessions. I work with leaders and teams alike helping organisations develop a culture of wellbeing, vulnerability, productivity, creativity and innovation. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work in Tunbridge Wells on a Monday and Friday. I work in London on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 

Humankind Counselling, Royal Victoria House, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TE

Start To Stop, 11 Kendrick Mews, London, SW7 3HG

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

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