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About me

Hello, I am a fully qualified humanistic counsellor working in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. I work with both adults and children at Lifeways, the centre offers a peaceful, safe and welcoming atmosphere with disabled access and off street parking. I am a member of the BACP and work to their ethical framework, I also hold full insurance.

I have experience in working with client's of a variety of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities, as well as a broad range of difficulties including:

Anxiety, depression, stress, self harm, suicidal thoughts, personal development, work related difficulties, bereavement, substance abuse, developmental trauma, attachment difficulties, family breakdowns, adoption and special guardianship, parenting, domestic abuse, peer pressure and identity and self esteem.

One of the areas I am particularly passionate about is family work. I strongly believe in working with the whole family in order to generate positive change in the entire family system. As such, I am experienced in working with both children and their parents/carers, and can offer a systemic approach where necessary.

What is a Humanistic Therapist?

Humanistic therapy is an approach used in counselling which predominately focuses on the individual’s self-acceptance and self-worth. Providing the individual with a non-judgemental space where they can be valued as the person they are, the individual can begin to accept themselves and their core beliefs and begin their journey on reconnecting with themselves.

What I can offer you?

I ensure my practice has a safe, confidential and welcoming environment in which you can explore any issues you may be experiencing. I offer a non-judgemental client-led service, you are in control of your journey and I am here to support you on that.

How counselling can help you?

We are all faced with challenging issues throughout our lives, some more manageable than others. You may feel you want a helping hand through some of these issues and counselling can provide this for you. Counselling can offer the freedom to speak openly about anything that is bothering you, no matter how big or small the problem may feel. Sometimes you need to speak to someone who isn't a friend or family member, someone you can off load to without feeling you are burdening them.

What happens now?

Choosing the right counsellor can sometimes feel overwhelming but if you feel I could help you please feel free to contact myself either via telephone or email. We could arrange an initial session which would be up to 45 minutes, this is to collect general information and find out what your expectations of counselling are. If you then wanted to start therapy we would meet weekly, engaging in 50 minute sessions and begin your counselling journey.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Training

Please find below my qualifications and training:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)

Additional Training

As part of my role as a counsellor I regularly attend training to ensure I am up to date with any changes in therapy, I also enjoy learning new aspects of counselling and broadening my knowledge to help benefit my client work.

Please find below any additional training I have completed:

  • Safeguarding
  • Prevent
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Working Creatively with Children CPD Workshop
  • Working safely with people who have experienced trauma, including an experiential afternoon on using art therapy.
  • KEMP for Kids Residential Weekend and Training
  • Domestic Abuse


I offer over five years experience of working with children and adolescents, families and adults, across a variety of settings including pre schools and schools in Warwickshire, Children's Centres, Wellbeing Centres, Warwickshire County Council, the Parenting Project, Women's Aid, as well as in private clinics through my private practice.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session

When I work

Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm

Lifeways, 30 Albany Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6PG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.