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MBACP, MSc, PGDip, Bsc Psychology. Personal Consultant

About me

Hello, I am trained as a Personal Consultant - which means that I am qualified as a counsellor and coach. Research has shown that Personal Consultancy offers a greater post intervention success rate than traditional counselling. Many of my clients come to see me because they find that traditional counselling does not work for them, they want techniques and interventions to move them forward as well as a space to express themselves. My way of working with my clients is to fully immerse myself in the clients experience - so I understand how you feel and how you see your world, then we look at ways of making the changes you wish to see and how you can maintain them.  I work with clients with a whole host of issues, including but not limited to depression, self esteem, anxiety, childhood issues, workplace coaching, spiritual exploration and overwhelm.

I hold a masters degree in Personal Consultancy and also have over 20 years of experience working in a corporate environment to Vice President level, which allows me to understand issues around working in the City of London and big organisations and how to overcome these.

I am trained to work at depth and to work within all timescales - past, present and future. If you are looking for long lasting, recognisable change, I can help you achieve this. Many of my clients are funded for coaching by their employer. Since the beginning of the pandemic I have moved from my central London office to working online. Many people prefer the flexibility of online sessions. 

Apart from my own private practice - I also am a Director of Blackwood Consultants and work with organisations to provide support, coaching, therapy and training to their staff. I have also co-founded a charity offering low cost counselling and wellbeing programmes in East London.

I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation to discuss how we can work together and offer a chance to see if I am a good fit for you.

I am a member of the BACP and the AICTP and am fully insured.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Hons Psychology
  • PGDip Integrative Counselling and Coaching (Distinction)
  • MSc Integrative Counselling and Coaching
  • Mindfulness trained techniques
  • 20 years working experience to Vice President level in City based organisation.
  • Director of Organisational Wellbeing Company
  • Co-founder and ex trustee of Low cost counselling and wellbeing charity based in East London
  • Published writer on ThriveGlobal
  • Registered member BACP
  • Member BACP Coaching
  • Member AICTP
  • Personal Consultant

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Executive Coaching

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£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My online price is £70 per 50 minute session

I offer limited concessions which are £40 per session. Please contact me for availability.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please contact me for availability

Buckhurst Hill, IG9

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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