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The Burnout Counsellor - outdoors and online

About me

Life can be incredibly overwhelming and frustrating at times, and can lead to us feeling thoroughly burnt out - from pressures at home, at work, or from life in general.

Maybe you're here because you're longing for a life where you feel connected, fulfilled and understood, instead of feeling resentful and pulled in different directions.

Perhaps you're feeling overloaded or trapped by home, family or work life. You might feel like you're not the person you used to be, or want to be. What if you could put some healthier boundaries in place?

Or maybe you're feeling isolated, anxious or disillusioned with life after the pandemic, for example. Being listened to in a non-judgmental way can be extremely powerful when these kind of feelings take root.

How do I work?

I hold counselling sessions in accessible outdoor spaces (parks, woodlands, countryside) around Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Daily life can feel pressured and stifling, and being in nature is proven to relax an overworked brain and calm our nervous system. We can look to make that load that you're carrying feel a bit lighter, and work towards building a life that's more on your terms.

My counselling style is collaborative, warm, hopeful and pragmatic. I'm not going to give clumsy advice or dictate to you how to fix things. I'm here to allow you the time and space to make sense of your world right now. Starting counselling can seem daunting but it can also be life-changing, helping you to understand and build on your strengths that have helped you get this far, in spite of everything.

Maybe you'd rather brief therapy, or something more open-ended. We can review as we go. Maybe you'd like to hold some/all of your sessions online - that's fine too. I aim to provide you with a pocket of time in your busy life that is yours, to use how you need.

Would you like to get in touch?

If you would like to have a discussion about counselling sessions, then please send me a message or call me. We can arrange a short phone call at a time convenient to you, to look at what you'd hope to achieve from counselling, and what our sessions together might look like moving forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

My core counselling training can be described as person-centred and integrative. In a nutshell, that means that I believe that you've ultimately got the answers within yourself. I might offer up elements of different approaches (such as solution-focused therapy) to help you explore your issues, increase in confidence and work out your options.

Further information about me:

  • Qualified counsellor since 2010 with a Foundation Degree in Counselling awarded with distinction, from the University of Bristol
  • 10+ years experience working in counselling, advocacy, parental support and youth outreach roles, mainly in the charity sector. I also provided counselling within community, NHS and education settings
  • Delivered individual and group support around burnout and self-advocacy
  • Undertaken specialist training both in delivering counselling outdoors and online, as well as a range of other CPD
  • Registered member of the BACP

If you'd like to get in touch, we can arrange a brief call to explore whether I'm the right counsellor for you.

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fee for a 50 minute counselling session is £50.

If you are on a low income (and subject to availability), I may be able to offer counselling at low cost. Feel free to get in touch to check availability.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently have availability for counselling sessions on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

Further information

A note on counselling outdoors: before we start, we'll discuss how to maintain your privacy in an outside space. You can set the walking pace and we can do a mixture of walking and sitting, or do the whole session simply sat outdoors. If you have mobility needs, we can talk those over in our initial phone call and we'll make a plan that works for you.

Tonbridge, TN9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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