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MBACP online and face to face sessions

About me

Sometimes it can feel as if we have no one to listen to us, or that our own problems can feel too big or too small to be able to seek help. Quite often others may listen to respond without a real understanding about what is going on for you. Being able to talk to a trained counsellor gives you the opportunity to feel listened to and to be understood. I am warm, empathic and will offer you the confidential and safe space that you need to explore your issues as you embark on your own personal journey of gaining more understanding about yourself and your own needs. Having trained in Psychodynamic and Humanistic models of Counselling, I incorporate both elements of these models in my work. I offer both short term and long term open ended therapy on a weekly basis.

I previously worked with a range of adults at The Counselling Foundation at Broxbourne for low cost counselling services, where I saw clients for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, loss, self esteem, divorce and work related stress. Before relocating to Devon, I had my own private practice at The Albany Centre in St Albans which specialises in counselling and training courses. I have also had the privilege in working with clients from the LGBTQ+ community from a range of differing age groups. I also carry out clinical assessments online for Mosaic, which is a low cost counselling service to help match the right therapist for the client's needs.
I have recently completed a certificate in adoption counselling, so I am able to support all those affected by adoption and special guardianship orders.  Therefore, I am able to work therapeutically with birth parents, adoptive parents, adoptees, and others in the family who might have also been affected by issues of adoption. Such issues that have I have a keen interest in working with are attachment patterns/styles, shame, loss and personal identity – be it personal or cultural.

I am currently offering both face to face sessions in Barnstaple and online sessions via Zoom for clients. Sessions are usually held on a weekly basis at the same time to enable continuity. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Adoption Support Counselling
  • Diploma in Gestalt Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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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From £45.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Sessions held online or via telephone are £45

Sessions for face to face sessions are £50 

Concessions are sometimes available.

When I work

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Further information

I am part of a small counselling training group and we are currently developing a new training course for counsellors who are wanting to specialise in adoption. This will be an accredited course funded by Barnardo’s, which is a charity that supports our most vulnerable children who might be at risk.

Barnstaple Chiropractice, Bickington Road, Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2DB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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