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BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

About me


*I am currently only working online or telephone. 

Are you feeling anxious? Overwhelmed? Or maybe a sense that something does not feel ok for you?

Are you struggling with relationships or unhappy at work?

Do you find that you are often thinking of the past, perhaps memories of your childhood that still cause you pain today?

Are you experiencing the pain and sadness of a bereavement or another loss? Loss can mean different things - the loss of a beloved pet, a role in life, a job or sense of purpose. 

As a qualified humanistic counsellor I offer counselling to individuals. The humanistic counselling approach believes in the individual as a whole, that everyone is unique, able to make their own decisions, to grow and change and to realise their potential.

The Counselling relationship

A counselling relationship is very important and choosing a counsellor you feel safe with, can talk to, feel comfortable with, is at the core. It is a relationship based on working together, not about decisions being made for you, but empowering you to find your inner strength and resources, to make your own decisions. The counselling relationship is based on trust, genuineness, acceptance and is supportive, healing, and at times can be challenging.

It really is okay to take time to look after your mental health, to have that safe, confidential space to talk about the issues that are concerning you. There are times when we need someone to talk to, who will really listen without judgement, accepting you for who you are.

About Counselling

As a humanistic counsellor, I will do my best to understand your world and experience. Providing the space that we can explore the issues together that bring you to counselling. I will ask questions to aid my understanding and share with my insights to see if this resonates with you. Counselling can help raise your self-awareness, self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness, if this is what you need. It can explore and raise awareness when you have a sense something is not right and you wish to understand what this is about. It can highlight what hinders you in your life and help you move towards a life and choices that lead you to a happier and more authentic you. Whatever concerns you, talking can be very beneficial.

If you connect to my profile please take that step to contact me. It can cause anxiety to take the step but I am a friendly down to earth person with a good sense of humour and I’m here to put you at your ease. I can offer you an initial 30 minute telephone consultation to see if we would both decide to work together. This is a mutual decision as a counsellor I need to work work within my own experience. There  is no obligation to go forward and you may wish time to reflect before making a decision. Sessions are generally weekly but can be two weekly. It is important to meet regularly and that you actively engage in the counselling process, this is what it is about after all.

Professional Membership

I am an individual member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018).

Training, qualifications & experience

Bereavement training - 2014

7 years experience in 1-1 bereavement support.

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling (University of Chichester) - 2019 - 2021

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (University of Chichester) - 2017 - 2019

Humanistic Counselling certificate (University of Chichester) - 2017

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs

Additional information

Fees are £45 per session (50 minutes).

I can offer concessionary fees to key workers.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have availability on  Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Evening appointments could be possible, as are other days please contact me to discuss.

Further information

I attend monthly supervision

I am committed to ongoing continuing professional development

Denmead, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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