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MBACP Dip.Couns

About me

I am a registered member of the BACP and a fully qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist working online and via phone. I am also a qualified Understanding Your Eating practitioner with a further qualification of an advanced certificate in Eating Disorders.


I have a range of experience of working with adults and children who may be vulnerable, struggling with their feelings, trying to work through something in their life currently or historically, having difficulty with anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, depression, feeling sad, or needing to work on their self-confidence and low self-esteem.

I am here to listen to you and provide you with wholehearted empathy so that you can work through what is going on for you.

I have experience of working in two Secondary School's as a School counsellor, working with both children and adults, where I helped clients with a range of issues such as; relationship issues, feeling sad, generalised anxiety, low self esteem, phobias, self harm, sexuality, autism, ADHD, exam worries,  bereavement, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, stress, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, generalised anxiety disorder, feeling sad and suicidal ideation.

I am experienced in domestic abuse and trauma counselling. I have worked and trained with clients with a range of issues such as; emotional abuse, coercive control, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, and psychological abuse.

I have thorough knowledge and experience of supporting people who are working 12 step programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, CODA, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.

I also have a vast experience in working with eating disorders, anger management, sex problems, sexuality, dissociation, relationship problems, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, feeling sad, alongside many other presenting issues that I have included below.

I have vast experience working with Eating Disorders and am a qualified Understanding Your Eating Practitioner.


I have been trained to work Integratively, which means that I combine different approaches. Everyone has different needs and by using an integration of different therapeutic approaches, you can get the most out of your personal counselling experience.

Length of therapy

I work both time limited and open ended, something we would discuss during your assessment.

Ethical membership, Supervision and Confidentiality

I am an registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their ethical principles and offer a safe place to my clients, somewhere to share confidentially without fear of judgement or reprisal. I am in regular private supervision.

Next steps

If you feel that I may be the right counsellor for you, please contact me via email or phone for a free initial phone assessment or further information. I am always happy to help. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Academy: Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Academy: Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Open University: Introducing the Social Sciences
  • London South East College: Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPD: Eating Disorders and a personal journey – Allie Outram
  • CPD: The function of binging – Julia Buckroyd
  • CPD: Understanding your eating – Julia Buckroyd
  • CPD: Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating
  • CPD: Freedom Programme by Pat Craven
  • CPD: Your Eating Attachment and Eating Disorders: Initial self-study day
  • CPD: Support in coming out/ not coming out – Evelyn Sharp
  • CPD: SAFEcic: Standard Child Safeguarding Course
  • CPD: HM Government: Prevent Online Training Course
  • CPD: Mind: Suicide Preventation and Awareness
  • CPD: Making Connections With An Autistic Brain – Phillis Coulter

  • CPD: The Third Person In The Therapy Room

  • CPD: Understanding Your Eating Introduction qualification
  • CPD: Advanced Certificate in Eating Disorders

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.


From £40.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees are due 48 hours in advance of the session as per the cancellation policy. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have availability Monday to Friday from 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday. I have availability up to 10pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Please contact me discuss further.

Further information

I offer online sessions, phone sessions and walk and talk therapy.

(Inside M And S Car Park On High Street), Croydon, Kent, BR4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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