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Accred. Registered MBACP Experienced Counsellor IG10, IG8, IG9, E4

About me

Who Am I

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling Practitioners) and adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics (Ethical Framework)

I am an integrative counsellor meaning that I draw from several different  therapeutic models so that I can tailor the therapy to the unique needs of each person by utilising aspects and techniques from a number of different approaches including Person Centred Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt.  I feel this is an important aspect of the work that I do as one single type of therapy is not necessarily going to suit everyone.

To help clients find their way the tools during therapy can include: art therapy, Sandplay/miniature creative work

How Can I Help

People may think they have to struggle on alone with their difficulties feeling it would be ‘weak’ or ‘embarrassing’ to ask someone for help.  Talking to an experienced therapist such as myself, can help you gain a better insight into what is stopping you perhaps from feeling happy or preventing your life moving forward and provides a confidential, supportive environment for self-discovery.

There may be many reasons for wanting to begin counselling;  a recent or current crisis or loss, or you may feel the time has come to take a closer look at those problems that seem all too familiar; there may be areas of your life that feel difficult, painful, unfulfilled or stuck. I work collaboratively with clients to assist them to make positive change and for personal development.

How we feel, think and behave are incredibly interwoven and once we gain an understanding over these areas we can start to unlock our hidden true potential and with that comes a greater sense of choice and well-being.  Such understanding helps us to make decisions about the things we may wish to change, but also come to terms with those things that we cannot change.

My aim and goal as a therapist is to seek to understand your experience of life from your perspective, offering a safe, confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment where you are able to explore and make sense of any challenges you feel are holding you back or difficulties you are experiencing, gaining a greater understanding of yourself to enable you to navigate challenges that you encounter.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP)

Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Existential;  Person Centred;  Gestalt; CBT)

Art Therapy Training

Play Therapy Training

Substance Abuse Training

Anger Training

Loss and Grief Training

Self-Harm Training

Sandplay Training

Domestic Violence Training (Male and Female)

Assertiveness Training

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

Free initial telephone consultation and discussion

£45 - £55 individual fee for 50 minute session

Reduced rate for clients not in work/receiving benefits (please ask)

I am able to offer both short (6-12 weeks) and long term counselling (open-ended)

Cancellation Policy: I will, wherever, possible, try to accommodate requests to reschedule appointments within the same week. However, I do require 48 hours notice to cancel a session.

Please feel free to email me.

When I work

Weekdays and evening appointments

Further information


Working as a school counsellor (ages 11-15)

Working within the NHS: Specialising in Loss & Grief/trauma

Working with adults and teenagers in agency settings

I engage in on-going continued professional development, attending specialist training, conferences, courses and workshops for the updating and development of my knowledge and skills.

Further Information

NB: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I am available for on-line and telephone counselling

I run a private practice which offers a safe and private environment, easily accessible by both train, bus or car, seeing adults and young people. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged so please do ask.

Woodford Green, Essex, IG8

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults