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MBACP Registered Member (Being Heard Counselling)

About me

Are you wanting to change, think about how to do things differently, or understand yourself a little better?  Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties currently and have been thinking about attending counselling but are unsure what to expect?

Sometimes it can feel difficult to talk to those closest to us when we feel worried, anxious or uncertain. Through counselling I can support you to explore and understand your thoughts and feelings safely and without judgement.  I am a warm and compassionate counsellor and can help you explore :

- how you are feeling
- how to understand and address problems and confusion 
- how to manage uncertainty and change better

I am an integrative counsellor, working from a person centred perspective. This means I use a number of different types of counselling theories, depending on what you would like to talk to me about and, most importantly, what feels right for you.

I work with anyone aged 18 or over on a short or long term basis.  I work face to face, on Zoom and on the phone.

If you are considering whether you would like to try counselling and/or choosing a counsellor, I realise this can sometimes feel difficult. I hope the information in my profile will be helpful and please do contact me if you would like some further information to help you with this decision.


I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I have regular supervision in accordance with the requirements of BACP and undertake ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Certificate in Counselling - University of the West of England (UWE)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling) - University of the West of England (UWE)
  • TA 101
  • Working with Relational Trauma
  • Working with Shame
  • Level 2 Adult Safeguarding / Level 2 Child Protection / Prevent Duty
  • Level 1 and 2 Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • MS awareness & Counselling people with MS.


  • I have been working in private practice for the last 6 years.
  • I have set up and managed counselling services for unpaid family carers.
  • I have been a member of the BACP Older Peoples Expert Reference Group and have experiencing of setting up and running counselling services for older people.
  • I have experience of counselling in GP practices and in the charity / voluntary sector.

I have a wide range of experience of supporting people with:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low mood
  • relationship difficulties
  • family problems
  • loss
  • bereavement
  • anger
  • guilt and shame
  • managing change and uncertainty
  • work problems
  • Illness and its impact on you and other people
  • life changes
  • being a carer and your caring role coming to an end

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in the NHS for 10 years as a Complaints and PALS Manager. I provided support to patients, their families and carers on a daily basis and am very experienced in supporting people in distress as a result of illness, disability or as a result of bereavement.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

  • Sessions are £45 each.  
  • I offer an initial free 15 minute phone session for all new enquiries.
  • Fees are payable by bank transfer 24 hours in advance, or immediately after the session.
  • All sessions are 50 minutes in length

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am currently working by Zoom and phone.

Further information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I am currently working by phone and Zoom.  

Parking and public transport:

Free parking on site
Additional on road parking in the surrounding area, free after 5pm
Bike racks are available on site
Bristol Temple Meads Station is a 15 minute walk away
Buses: U1 stops directly outside the clinic / 500/501 stops on Coronation Road

Southville Clinic, 68 Coronation Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1AS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I work on the second floor of the building but lift access is available.