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MBACP BA (hons) Counselling (first class)

About me

I have immediate availability for Covid safe face to face counselling and would be honoured to support you in these challenging times.

I am sorry that you are having or have had an experience that brings you to seek out counselling.  Seeking counselling for your experiences can be a daunting challenge.  

I have a firm belief that you know how to take care of yourself.  With the right conditions you can access your own ability to grow, change and determine your own way through and forward.  

My style of counselling is primarily Humanistic, and that means all your experiences are valuable and valid, and the safe space offered and the empathic relationship we build together permits you to explore and make sense of your experiences in your own way and without judgement.   Humanistic counselling is appropriate for most experiences and life challenges.  My clients have bought issues relating to abuse, adverse childhood experiences, family estrangement (which I have a lived experience of) and family patterns and relationships, work stresses, alcohol dependency and substance mis-use, struggles with identity and life purpose, bereavement and chronic grief and much more.  

My clients have said that they find relief in just having the opportunity to speak impartially, empathically and without a response that suggests a solution.  At the end of their therapy clients have said they have found the experience beneficial and helpful in bringing about the changes in their lives.  I have witnessed improvements in mood within a few sessions, and life changing decisions at the end of therapy

I am committed to your goal of considering new things, being curious about your experiences and taking some risks and to experience a new way of being.  

I will warmly welcome an enquiry from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

University of Chichester for BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling (first class)

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - Individual Member

Diploma Humanistic Counselling - 2019

Placements at Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling and Portsmouth University Wellbeing

Please visit my web page for a full list of professional development and  interests.

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

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£40.00 per session

Additional information

Costs for 50 minute session are £40.00 payable by bank transfer

We all find ourselves in a difficult financial situation in 2022.  Of course, putting food on the table instead of having counselling is an obvious decision to make.  I am holding my prices at the current rate for the time being.   The cost of counselling reflects how much my services will benefit you.  

You might be put off by the idea that counselling can be a long term financial commitment.   While I am not able to offer concessionary rates at the current time, I would love to offer a tailored package, with a specific number of sessions agreed at the outset to be more aligned to your budget.  Would that interest you? Get in touch to discuss further.  

When I work

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Further information

I have a comfortable and inspiring space in the privacy of my own home. Overlooking my small garden, free from distractions, intrusion and interruption. My clients have said it is a relaxing and safe space that provided them the opportunity to reflect and consider their experiences.  As the seasons change, it is an environment to facilitate hope, possibility and resilience for your growth.  

As well as traditional talking therapy we can work together creatively and expressively in whatever way feels comfortable for you.  For my own wellbeing, I use art, writing and poetry.  Could this be a potential for you to access unspoken thoughts and feelings?  

I know from my own experience, that going to counselling can be daunting.  Upon initial inquiry I assure you of my warmest welcome and a rapid response.  After agreeing an appointment I will provide you with more details of how counselling with me works, how I use your information and how I manage Covid risks.  

I will collect very brief background information from you about what brings you to counselling and what you expect as an outcome of your sessions.  This is helpful to both of us; to help you focus on what prompted you to inquire about counselling and for me to assess any potential risks ahead of meeting you.

At the beginning of the first session we will explore any outstanding questions and concerns you may still have, after which and very gently, the work begins.  I assure you of my very best attention at all times.  

Gosport, Hampshire, PO12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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I am available for online counselling

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