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FdSc MBACP Registered

About me

Counselling can help with many difficult life issues. Perhaps you are coping with a traumatic experience or event, or feeling overwhelmed by your emotions? Are you dealing with depression and anxiety? Maybe the way others are treating you is becoming harmful to you – this may be emotionally, physically, or sexually. Feeling isolated and have no one to talk to? Or you may have supportive friends and family but find it difficult to speak to them about what is going on for you.

It can take courage to begin counselling and express thoughts and feelings you may never have expressed or explored in depth before.

Sometimes we need someone to walk by our side whilst we figure it out – someone to sit in our darkness with us.

I will walk alongside you at a pace that suits you. I will travel with you to your dark places and stay there with you, supporting you, and helping you find your own way forward while working through your issues.

I do not offer opinions, give advice, or prescribe medication. I will not tell you what you ‘should’ feel, think or do.

I am an experienced, fully qualified Person-Centred Counsellor. My approach is based on the work of Carl Rogers. It is a way of being with another person – not a fixed method of counselling – believing that given the right conditions a person can reach their full potential and become their true self. We all have within ourselves the resources for growth and change.

I offer an active listening space with warmth, compassion, and empathy, in a non-judgmental way. In a safe confidential place, you will be able to talk freely about whatever is troubling you, without feeling judged or criticised. You will feel truly heard, understood, valued, and accepted as you are.

Working together, I will facilitate self-exploration, exploring with you your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview. I will help you navigate your way through so you can become more self-aware, bringing a greater understanding of what is going on for you.

I will travel with you to your dark places and stay there with you. I am not afraid to be afraid. I bring strength and emotional resilience, working with you to help you get to where you want to be.

Together, we will explore ways in which you may want to make changes, working towards self-awareness and self-acceptance, bringing about positive, lasting changes, enabling you to become a more authentic you.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change” (Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person, 1961).

I will help you to become fully aware of what resources and support are available to you, enabling you to use these to work through your issues and find your own solutions – building your confidence and appreciating you always have options.

I will work with you, supporting you in discovering your own abilities and autonomy so that you can cope with current and future issues.

I passionately believe people can be empowered to find their own answers – you are the expert of your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a wealth of experience gained through working for a Mental Health Charity and within a Sixth Form College.

I have worked with a wide range of presenting issues and with many people from diverse backgrounds and age groups (including 16- to 18-year-olds).

Some of the areas of counselling I work with include:

  • Shame
  • Abuse – emotional, physical, sexual
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Traumatic experiences and events
  • Loss
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts


  • Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling
  • Young People Counselling Certificate
  • Practice Online Certificate
  • Level 4 Humanistic Counselling
  • Level 3 Counselling Studies
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • Level 1 Interpersonal Skills

As Counsellors, we never stop learning, even when we have qualified, and I adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Code and Ethical Framework for good practice. As part of their standards, I undertake at least thirty hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) a year and attend regular supervision.

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


£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your needs and see if we would like to work together.

Weekly 50 minute sessions - £50

I offer sessions face to face, online zoom, and on the telephone.

I offer short-term, long-term, and open-ended sessions, seeing each person as unique. We can explore your needs together, you decide how many sessions, reviewing as we go along and you end counselling when the time feels right.

Further information

I work from a counselling room at Kingswood Practice, Burford House, 26 Worthing Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1SL.

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Fully Insured

Hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate

Kingswood Practice, Burford House, 26 Worthing Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1SL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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