I am a compassionate person-centred and relational counsellor, able to listen and engage with you so you can explore whatever is causing you unhappiness.
I offer a space for you to consider your thoughts and feelings in confidence. You could be trying to manage a crisis or life-changing event. There may be issues from your past you want to explore. You may be experiencing a sense of low self-esteem, or just be feeling sad and wondering why.
My belief is that through the process of being in counselling, you will experience an improved sense of yourself and your interactions with the world outside will be more meaningful and effective.
I also offer couples work where I can help you to understand what binds you and your partner together, and how that can also push you apart. You will be able to find ways of communicating more effectively and so be more able to understand each others needs.
I can work short or long-term. We can review our sessions at regular intervals to check on progress and desired outcomes.
I am registered and accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have a quiet and comfortable room with good access, situated on the edge of Stroud. I also offer sessions on Zoom to suit your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2008
Tavistock Centre, Certificate in Psychosexual Studies 2016
CRCT Diploma in Relational Couples Therapy 2017
City&Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training 2017
OCST Diploma in Online Counselling 2020
I am integratively trained and have been in practice for 15 years, working with adults and couples, with issues such as:
loss and bereavement
fears and anxiety
I have trained to certificate level in psychosexual therapy to enhance my work with couples, so sexual issues can be talked through together with confidence and sensitivity.
I have been committed to the 12-step programme through Al-Anon (a fellowship which helps friends and families of alcoholics) for many years. Although I do not work with active addiction I have a particular understanding of the effects of it in a family unit, and other close relationships.
I also teach on the Counselling Diploma course at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, in Stroud.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with family members and friends affected by another's addiction
Twelve-Step Fellowship work
From £50.00 to £65.00
Concessions offered for
Individuals: £50 for 50 minutes
Couples: £65 for one hour
These rates are negotiable if needed.
If you want to talk though any questions or concerns before you book an initial session, I offer a brief telephone assessment beforehand.
Monday to Wednesday daytime and early evening. My last appointment is at 6.30pm.
I am now back to working with clients in my room in Rodborough, Stroud.
I also still offer sessions on Zoom which can be convenient if you find it difficult to attend in-person.