Thank you for stopping to look at my profile. I know that choosing a counsellor can seem a really daunting task. If you are looking for friendly, professional support, I offer a non-judgmental space in which you can safely and confidentially unpick and explore whatever it is that has brought you to therapy. It is so important to feel truly heard and seen in life, and this will be at the heart of our therapeutic relationship - I am here to listen. I am a qualified, registered and insured counsellor who puts your safety and wellbeing first.
I work in a person-centred way, meaning that you are central to the process; it is always about you and for you. But I will draw from several different modes of therapy as we work together to solve your puzzles. As we are all unique, so I believe therapy is not a one-size-fits-all adventure but needs to be tailored and evolved to suit who we are.
I work with adults of all ages and can offer help with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, grief, loss and bereavement, abuse, addiction and eating disorders, trauma, anger, general sadness or low self-worth, relationship issues and childhood traumas.
I offer 50 minute counselling sessions in person in your own home, or if you prefer to be outside we can Walk and Talk. I also offer sessions online using Zoom, or maybe we will mix them up - whatever suits you.
If you live within a 10 mile radius of Stroud, Gloucestershire, then I will be happy to come to your home. This might suit you if you prefer us to be in each other's true presence.
If you prefer to be out in nature, we can meet up to have our sessions whilst walking in forests or fields.
If a video call suits you better, we can meet weekly online using Zoom. You can be in the safety and comfort of your own home whilst we talk. Maybe you live further away from me, or maybe you prefer to be that little bit removed.
I will work with you in the way that suits you best.
I also offer a more practical hands on session in your home if you need help with letting go, with decluttering or hoarding.
Aside from my private practice, I have previously spent 2 years as a counsellor for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in a residential rehabilitation centre.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Mental Health Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Psychology
- BA Hons degree - Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
CPD and main areas of training/research/interest:
Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, Childhood trauma, Attachment, Depression and Anxiety, The Compassionate Self, Embodied Relational Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Psychedelic Therapy, Psychedelic Integration.
My professional background is of working in care for many years, always with young adults - Learning Disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), challenging behaviour, complex needs both physical and emotional - and for me this has provided a huge wealth of experience that I never cease to draw upon, and I feel blessed to have worked with so many wonderful young people.
I have experience of working with recovering addicts and substance misuse. I have a keen interest in addiction and see it as the coping mechanism, the way of dealing with the problem, rather than the problem itself.
I believe we are all different but deserve to be treated equally, and am naturally inclusive of those who feel excluded, marginalised and discriminated against for whatever reason. In my life, I have spent time in various guises with the homeless, travellers and GRT, asylum seekers and refugees, LGBTQ+, the elderly and the differently abled. I think there are times in life when we all feel marginalised for some reason, and my experience with these societal subsets has had a big influence on my life.
I came to counselling by way of my own need for therapy and so have first-hand experience of how counselling can help. Wanting to give back and help others who may be suffering was what led me to train and qualify as a counsellor.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Psychedelic Therapy is a growing field that is in its infancy in the UK and is not yet available outside of research centres and one private clinic (to date). There is much evidence now that taking psychedelics such as ketamine and psilocybin in a clinical, controlled, therapeutic setting can greatly help with issues such as addiction and depression.
I do not offer psychedelic therapy in this way, and do not offer the space to take, or be under the influence of psychedelics in our sessions.
But I do offer psychedelic integration as a therapy in itself, and also as part of ongoing therapy if you want to bring your experiences from any altered states of consciousness to our sessions.
There are many ways to experience altered states of consciousness, and this may be through breathwork or meditation, not necessarily by using plant medicine such as Ayahuasca or Psilocybin, or substances such as LSD/Ketamine or DMT. If you have had any insights, or challenging experiences during these journeys, then you are welcome to bring them with you to talk about.
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I charge £40 per session for online video call or telephone
I charge £50 per session for home counselling in your home and for Walk and Talk.
I have a limited number of concessionary spaces available, so please do ask about these if you feel that finances are a block to you accessing therapy.
I offer a short 10 - 15 minute initial phone call or video call for free to make contact and to make arrangements if we are to work together.
My present availability is:
Tuesdays - 12.30pm and 4.30pm
I also offer therapeutic and practical help for decluttering and hoarding.