About me


I am trained as a Person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist, with additional skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I draw upon other humanistic therapies such Transactional Analysis and have recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy . I believe people to have an inherent intuition, alongside the capacity for growth. A therapeutic relationship sets out to foster a space and the safety for clients to explore their inner thoughts and feelings. I am continually developing my skills, knowledge and experience and I set out to adapt to each person I work with.

I have experience of working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, anger, self esteem, relationship issues and historical abuse.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have been a qualified counsellor since August 2017.

How Counselling can help

Accessing Counselling can provide the opportunity to establish what you want to work through and change. It can sometimes be difficult to know this from the outset but we can establish a focus within the first session. I believe that by establishing this clarity early on we can work collaboratively towards these objectives. I feel it is crucial to create a safe environment, where confidentiality is respected, which can help to empower you and be a platform to find new awareness. This, in turn, can help to arrest unhelpful patterns and internal conflict.


I have an eclectic and integrative approach. Since my initial training in person-centred therapy, I have been passionate about adding to my skills. I am always learning from my clients, therefore bringing in different approaches compliments the diversity of needs and individuality.

Recent training has taught me additional knowledge about neurobiology and the connection between mind and body. Through grounding, imagery and mindfulness, it is possible to cultivate a more helpful headspace for people that find themselves in more threat based thinking. Research is showing that therapies need to be offering more than just a narrative approach.

Training, qualifications & experience


Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Salford.

Post Graduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy, University of Derby.

Graduate Certificate in Counselling, University of Salford.

Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course

Additional Training

Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (University of Derby)

Attachment, Neurobiological Processes, Relational Working, Embodied Perspectives (Tom Taylor)

Trauma (parts 1 & 2) (Penny Bullock)

Compassion Focused Therapy for Dissociation (Dr Andrew Rayner)

Embodiment Practices for Anxiety and Trauma Recovery (Kate Williams)

A Matter of Life and Death (Irvin Yalom)

Uncertainty: An existential perspective (Ernesto Spinelli)

Attachment, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience

Initial Assessment Training

Working with Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Advanced Bereavement & Loss Awareness

An Introduction to Gestalt Therapy (University of Salford)


Current roles

  • Complex Case worker at Beacon Counselling, in partnership with Pure Innovations.
  • Sessional counsellor at Beacon Counselling. Private Practice, IAPT and council funded counselling.

Previous roles

  • Sessional counsellor at TOG Mind.
  • Volunteer counsellor at Beacon Counselling.

I have experience of working with individuals with a wide range of psychological distress and emotional difficulties. This includes anxiety, depression, shame, bereavement and loss, sexual and emotional abuse, self esteem, relationship difficulties, anger, trauma, work-related issues, bullying, phobias, identity issues.

I have experience of both short term and long term forms of counselling. All my work has been with adults from 18 years old upwards.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£40 for a 50 minute session.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Calm Minds
38A Bramhall Lane South
Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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