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Dip. Couns. MBACP
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st June 2022

About me

As a counsellor writing this I appreciate how difficult starting anything can be, especially when it feels like there is a lot to lose! 

Making that first move whether it's a call, email or text message can be a huge step to take. 

Life can be a challenge or struggle and often we can feel alone, stressed or misunderstood or confused. Our brain won't quieten. Sometimes everything seems too complicated to even know where to start, this is where I can help.

I am qualified and registered counsellor I provide a safe, confidential and collaborative space that is non-judgemental and respectful of you as a unique individual. A space that allows you to explore your needs in your own way. We all have the capacity to find our own path, voice or joy that makes us who we truly are.  This is your time.

Counselling can be gently challenging too and sometimes the answers we find are not what we expect. Acceptance can be as healing as change.

What is a humanistic counsellor? It is a type of counselling that takes a holistic approach that considers a persons mind, body and soul (or spirit). I weave into my work a few creative elements and some basic mindfulness

I have an interest in existentialism and what it means for us to be human.  I also have a playful sense of imagination and a happy inner child.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my training with Redlands in Dorset in 2020 and hold a Diploma in Counselling which is recognised by the BACP

I have also completed CPCAB accredited training for working with complex trauma.  I am qualified to provide walk and talk therapy.

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework. I hold the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. My Registration number 389528.

I also work as a bereavement support volunteer with Cruse and my experience has included working with those who have had sudden and traumatic loss such as suicide. I have also gained experience of bereavement through Covid.

I love continuing professional development and have completed the following:

  • Cruse - Bereavement Care and Support
  • Cruse - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • CACHE Level 2 - Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • CACHE Level 2 - Safeguarding and Prevent
  • CACHE Level 2 - Understand Children and Young Peoples Mental Health 
  • Counselling Tutor - Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (recognised by NCS and ACTO)
  • Open University - Primer to working online
  • Counselling Tutor - Existential Perspectives (Mick Cooper)
  • Redlands - Introduction to working with Children and Young People 11-18 (although currently work with young people over the ages of 16 at present)
  • Mosaic Family Support - Introduction to working with Bereaved Children
  • Mosaic Family Support- Working with Bereaved Teens
  • Mosaic Family Support - Working creatively with Bereaved Children and Young People (works on adults)
  • Newson Health Research & Education - Confidence in Menopause (designed for health professionals including those working in GP practices)
  • University of Derby - Understanding Autism, ADHD and Aspergers
  • STARS - Working With Trauma (recognised by CPCAB)
  • Ecotherapy also known as Walk & Talk Counselling (recognised by CPCAB)

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Peri Menopause
  • Menopause
  • Covid Anxiety
  • Returning Ex-pats
  • University Life


From £16.50 to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Discounts Apply to Zoom or Phone Sessions

Standard Fee - Adults £45 - 50 mins for face to face sessions. (£36.60 for telephone or Zoom)

My Concession rate is £35.00 for face to face sessions. (£26.50 for telephone or Zoom)

For young people where 50 mins is too much, my rate is £25 for 30 mins. (£16.50 for telephone or Zoom)

A 5% discount applies for a block booking of 6 sessions paid in advance.

20 Introductory Session - Free.  

I offer 20 minutes as an obligation free consultation. This allows us to get to know each other and see how we think we could work together. 

50 minutes Introductory Session - These are Half My Standard and Reduced Rate

Ideal for when you feel 50 minutes would be beneficial and again there is no obligation.

Intro note: It's perfectly ok for me not to be the right counsellor for you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer walk and walk (or sit) but only during daylight hours.

Home visits available & may be subject to online assessment.  Mileage rate applies at 45p per mile unless I'm cycling (6 miles)

Further information

It can be easy to think of using a counsellor when times are difficult. Taking that first step takes courage. Sometimes a single session helps or maybe a few more can make a difference. However, there are times when finding your path can take time.  

As a counsellor I am always conscious that this is your journey and one in which you decide the pace and time. I will work with you.

And a final thought, counselling can be an act of self-care, a way of repairing, nurturing and maintaining our mental well-being.

Feel free to have a look at my website or social media. All typing mistakes are entirely mine.  

The Dorset Practice, 42 High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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I currently work online (video and telephone). For those with hearing difficulties I am happy to use the chat feature on zoom, some people find this helpful.

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