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B. Ed, Dip. Couns.

About me

Congratulations on taking the first step to finding a counsellor. 

My commitment is to work with you as a unique individual. I will meet with you regularly in person or online for as many sessions as you feel you need. I will listen to anything you want to share with me. Speaking something out loud to someone who accepts you unconditionally can be a significant step in healing.

I will be warm and genuine with you. I share my own struggles on my website as a writer. You are welcome to read those and ask me anything about my life you feel may help you in yours.

My intention is to collaborate with you in sorting through things that you find difficult or distressing and the things that give you joy.

We may look for patterns, explore traumas or celebrate successes. We may focus on your present circumstances, or we can explore all aspects of your past that may be affecting your future. You take the lead. You are the expert in your life. I can help you untangle knots and tease out threads. 

Email or text me if you would like to arrange a free 30-minute set-up call. From there we may book the first session to see if we are happy to work with each other. You may then wish to book further sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I first worked in a mental health setting with children and young people in 1986. As a teacher, I continued to work with those that had difficulty accessing formal education. I have been a foster parent and run my own business using music as a way of creating community and connection.

I began getting a formal therapeutic qualification in 2018 after suffering from personal trauma. My counselling experience over the last two years has been mostly with adult bereavement, domestic abuse, addiction and with children who have difficulty accessing formal education.

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.

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From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Face to Face £30 - £40

Online £30 - £40

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

 All face to face is during office hours only.  I will discuss working online in the evening on Monday and Wednesday.

Maer Lane, Bude, Cornwall, EX23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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