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About me

I specialise In helping couples and individuals explore and resolve long standing problems in their life. I have specialist training in relationship counselling and individual psychotherapy.

My clients come to see me because they are distressed about recurring problems in their life and relationships. They want help with their distress, to be heard, understood and supported to make changes toward a more satisfying life and stronger relationships.

First Session

The first session is to identify in more detail what you would like to get from therapy, and how we might work together in the best way to support this, including thinking about how many sessions might be needed.

Types of problems I help clients with:

  • Relationship difficulties with a partner, friend or family member; help to understand and repair what is going wrong in a relationship, finding ways of building stronger partnerships, friendships and family connections.
  • Difficulty forming or maintaining satisfying relationships; Identifying unhelpful patterns and ways of coping that can disrupt relationships
  • Adjusting to life changes and transitions such as university, marriage, birth of children and retirement, chronic or terminal illness. Help to make successful transitions at key life stages.
  • Treating depression and anxiety that is restricting the ability to live a full life
  • Support for sustained recovery from problem gambling

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked for leading charities as a relationship counsellor, addictions counsellor and have worked in private practice following extensive specialist training in psychotherapy.

Registered member BACP (British Association Counselling Psychotherapy)

Relate certified relationships counsellor

Grad. Dip. Applied Counselling - University Western Sydney

Grad. Dip. Couple and Family Therapy - Australian Institute Relationship Studies

Member - New South Wales Institute Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Childhood trauma, attachment issues.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £60 individauls and £65 couples

Further information

I specialise in relationship (family) therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I am currently providing web cam sessions and telephone sessions. Face to face sessions at my Harrogate practice when it is safe to do so.

Wellspring House, 78 High Street, Starbeck, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7LW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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