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MBACP, Dip.Couns, MNCS-Accred, CBT Trainee Feb2023

About me

Counselling is a privilage, to be able to share with you your inner most concerns and vulnerabilities at a time when you are perhaps finding things especially challenging, worrying or overwhelimng, isn't something I take lightly. 

With that privilage comes great responsibilty. Counselling qualifactions are of course very important but what is also important is the counselling relationship. Therefore, I understand and value the signifiance of a good theraputic relationship which I pride myself upon. My aim and responsibility is for you to feel truly safe, cared for, respected and valued, just as you are, not what you belive you should or shouldn't be. Just turn up and be you is all I ask. 

Regardless of age, adolescent to elderly - I never work from the basis you are 'broken' or 'need fixing' even if it may feel that way to you at times - I work from the basis, you are human and have human emotions, we all do and it's okay to feel that way. But, when those emotions, feelings or reactions are no longer serving us well, perhaps that is when it is a good time to reach out, to talk, to find new ways of managing. 

I believe counselling isn't about getting advice or being told what to do, it's also not a 'one size fits all' philosophy. What it is about is having someone you trust by your side whilst we work together to find the right solutions that fit you as an individual. This may involve reframing and or challenging your thoughts and perceptions, setting and working towards goals, providing you with emotional support, increasing your self-awareness, and helping you to improve interpersonal skills or coping strategies.

I empathise that counselling can sometimes be a difficult process, I will work at your pace with warmth, kindness and patience, but, I cannot promise it will always be easy. Sometimes the painful parts are where you will experience the most growth and I would encourage you to listen to yourself, stay curious, be brave and keep going. 

Whatever it is you wouldn't be alone, we would work together collaboratively to make sense of your past and present, so you can move forward positively with new insights and clarity. 

I also work within further education (FE) settings as a counsellor and specalist mentor and extend that principle of privilage of working with adolecents and young adults across a diverse range of issues. 

Please do get in touch, either for youself, your adolescent or on behalf of a young adult. I offer a free inital telephone chat so you can see how you feel, or if I am the right fit for you. This is bookable on here. Dont worry if you dont know what to do or say - I will help you through the process. 

Best wishes 


I currently work from two private practices in the Canterbury area CT1 & CT4.

For more information please take a look at my website - clink the link above. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  •  L4 Diploma Therapeutic counselling 

  • L5 Diplopa CBT (Cognaitive Behavioural Therapy) Trainee: February 2023

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National Counselling Society

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From £40.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Concessions available for students, trainee counsellors, low income or if you're finding times a little tricky at the moment. Please ask. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Saturday mornings reserved for students if required.  

Canterbury, Kent, CT1

The Barham Clinic Sparrow Court, Gravel Castle Road, Barham, Canterbury, CT4 6LG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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