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About me

Sometimes we can find ourselves feeling anxious, depressed, low or confused about our life. It may be that there feels like there is no hope or that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. At these times it can be hard knowing which way or who to turn to. whilst talking to a counsellor may be a new concept to you it can be both supportive and life changing.

I started my training as a counsellor in 1999 and I entered into a really tough training approach, however whilst difficult it was thorough and meant that I myself had to have my own therapy. I worked in a self-awareness group alongside working clinically under supervision for two years before qualifying.

I have had fifteen years experience in working with clients, including being a team counsellor for a counselling organisation. I am also a qualified relationship counsellor. I have a background in working for an adolescent team in a supportive role and have learnt a lot through working with this age group.

I Work from a consulting room in Earl Soham, which is near Framlingham .

I believe in building a good working relationship with my clients, in a private confidential space. I consider myself a warm, empathic person, but I am not afraid to rise to the challenge of any problem. I believe that a deeper understanding of ourselves promotes the ability to make positive changes and a more rewarding life.

First and foremost I believe in the process of counselling whether it's for support, more understanding of ourselves and why we feel as we do, or tools to help manage with overwhelming feelings. One of the things clients often say is that they feel that others are worse off than them selves and that they felt it had been a hard decision to make in contacting a counsellor. Even what seems like a small problem can feel big in out own minds and I am more than happy to see people however big or small their problems seem.

Relationships can be so difficult in life both romantically, at work and with family dynamics. Work with couples can be so rewarding when they start to communicate better and understand why they feel as they do.

I have been qualified for a number of years but still continue to train as part of my on going professional development, this for me is about opening your mind as a therapist to new ideas and ways of working with people. My training was in the psychodynamic approach which (in short) helps clients look at early experience and informative relationships and how these may have contributed to the emotional makeup of the client. Since completing my training I have done short courses in other models of working.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training courses in:

  • Life skills
  • CBT
  • Assessment training
  • Gambling addiction
  • psychosexual problems
  • OCD
  • Transactional analysis (inner child work)

Certificates in:

  • Counselling skills
  • Time limited counselling
  • Couples counselling.

Diploma in psychodynamic counselling and I am a member of BACP.

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


Additional information

£45.00 per 50 min session for individual therapy either face to face or zoom 

£55.00 per 60 min session for couples face to face 

When I work

Day time and evenings weekdays 

Further information

Areas worked with:

  • Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Affairs
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Couples counselling
  • Crisis
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • isolation
  • Work related problems
  • Lack of confidence
  • Obsessions
  • Sexual problems
  • Menopause
  • Parents with children with health problems
  • Anxious avoidant relationships
  • Diet, health and wellbeing
  • Meditation, mindfulness and breathing

Earl Soham Natural Health, Earl Soham Business Park, Earl Soham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 7SA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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