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BA(Hons) Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling-MBACP

About me

If you are looking for a confidential space to talk about issues that are troubling or concerning you, counselling can offer the opportunity to explore those at any stage of your life. The main focus of our sessions together would be to give you a greater self-awareness so that you can work towards change at your own pace. Taking the first steps towards having counselling can sometimes be the hardest, so it is important that we can build a working relationship. I offer an initial consultation where we can discuss what you need from counselling, and then you can decide if you would like to follow the process through. I have studied a variety of approaches to counselling and working with your own goals, aim to give you the tools to move forward. Recent work has included clients coping with relationship issues such as affairs, family tensions, social anxiety, bereavement, and employee related concerns. I have 17 years experience in management.

I am based in Taunton town centre and offer sessions face to face, or online via Zoom .

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA(Hons) Leeds Polytechnic 1979
  • Certificate in Counselling (Iron Mill Exeter) 2015
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill Exeter) 2019
  • Client work at New Dawn September 2017-2019
  • Client work at Somerset Counselling Centre Sept 2019 to date
  • Regular professional development training including:
  • Ethics
  • Working with clients on line
  • Suicide and Self Harm
  • Anxiety and Attachment
  • Working with the inner child
  • Relationships

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Faith and belief

Therapies offered


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial consultation £30

50 min sessions £45

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mon 1-8pm, Wed and Thursday 9.30am until 8pm, Friday 9.30am until 5pm.  Please contact me by email to arrange an initial discussion.

Further information

Current DBS clearance for working with young people. 

The premises I use for face to face counselling has ground floor access.

Taunton, Somerset, TA2

Somerset Counselling Centre, Apsley House, Tower Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4BH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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On line counselling available

Online platforms