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About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor used to working with a range of clients and issues. My aim is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate space to connect and explore what brings you to counselling, what lies beneath and how to experience life more freely and with more satisfaction. I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, family issues, childhood trauma, addiction and stuckness. I use an integrative approach, adapting how I work to fit individual clients drawing on a variety of counselling and therapeutic styles supplemented with creative strategies such as guided imagery, use of art materials and breathing techniques. I also encourage and support my clients in exploring their personal potential and dreams for life to help them experience life with more authenticity.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Pyschosynthesis Counselling and have also experienced the healing effects of my own counselling and therapeutic journey.  I am committed to continuing to grow and learn as a counsellor including out of receiving support through 'supervision' and pursing my own Continuing Professional Development. I also bring my life's experience of exploring my talents and abilities and learning to explore and tolerate just how painful ....and joyful .... being human and living life can be at times.

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

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£55.00 per session

Additional information

My standard charge is £55 for a 50 minute session.

I appreciate that each person has their own unique situation, so I am open to discussing with each client what represents a fair fee for the counselling that they need.

When I work

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Further information

I work from a cabin in my garden which overlooks open fields (see photographs). My aim is to offer a safe, empathic and supportive environment where my clients feel able to slow down and take time both exploring and being with what has brought them to counselling.

Clients meet with me for a 50 minute session each week, fitting in with each other around breaks and holidays. Together we agree boundaries and develop a routine that contributes to the feelings of safety around our work together. Payment is also made weekly, ideally on the day of our sessions.

To make your first contact with me either email, phone or text. I aim to respond within 24 hours, including around arranging our first session and also answering any questions that you might have. If you would like to, we can speak for 15 minutes on the phone ahead of you deciding whether you would like to come and see me.

Weston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults