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BSc (Hons) UKCP (reg)

About me

Hello and welcome.

You might be here because you are hoping for some kind of change in your life. Perhaps you are feeling depressed, lost, anxious or stuck, and find yourself needing help to understand and work through your difficulties. You might be struggling to cope with experiences of trauma or symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress/PTSD. You may be curious to find out more about yourself and discover what holds you back from living your life more fully.  Life can be full of challenges and at times, we can all struggle to cope with whatever that brings. Everyone comes to counselling for his or her own reasons: we all have our own story and our own unique life experiences.  Whatever brings you here, my hope is that by working together we can bring clarity and insight to the things in your life that you would like to change and help you to find a pathway forward that brings meaning and purpose in life.

I bring warmth, sensitivity and compassion to my work and I aim to help you feel at ease so you can talk freely about your concerns, what matters to you, and where you can feel truly heard. I offer a confidential and judgement free place to support you when life is at its most difficult and to help you achieve lasting, positive change in your life. Counselling can help you understand your emotions, relationships, patterns of thinking or behaving and the barriers in your life - those you are conscious of and those you are not. This awareness can help you find and address the root causes of your issues, heal from the past and learn effective coping strategies in order to develop a more enriching and fulfilling life. 

As an integrative counsellor I draw on theories and concepts from the three main schools of psychological thought: Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT). My approach is primarily psychodynamic and humanistic, and influenced by attachment theory, and current neuroscience. My work also recognises the crucial connection of body and mind and I have a particular interest in Mindfulness approaches and Somatic therapies. This approach allows me to adapt to each of your needs and help support you to find your way from the place you are in, to a place more authentic with who you are and where you want to be in your life.

I am a trauma informed therapist, with a commitment to ongoing professional development in this field. I work closely with emergency services, charities and war veterans to help you find ways to cope with anxiety and distress, heal from early dysfunctional family dynamics or trauma, become mindful of destructive patterns, and to find meaning and purpose in life. I am also passionate about working with clients who are feeling lost or uncertain, suffering from a personal struggle within or have lost the joy and pleasure in life. It may feel as if life is spiralling out of control and these difficult times can cause a range of emotions such as loneliness, sadness, grief, anxiety, depression or not enjoying life as you once did.

Choosing a therapist can be an overwhelming task and primarily, effective counselling is based on the quality of relationship between client and counsellor. With this in mind, it’s really important for you to find the right therapist for you to work with, who you feel comfortable with and can help you to achieve the changes you hope for. ​ I came to being a therapist through my own life experiences and I have a deeply felt respect for your journey. I aim to offer a space for you to explore, express and discover who you are and where you want to go. We all have within us, the capacity to create long-lasting change, to live bravely in our own skin and live the lives we want. In my personal experience, change really is possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) 
  • Registered member of BACP (British association of counselling and psychotherapy)
  • BSc (Hons) Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Middlesex University)
  • Adv Dip Integrative Counselling (Matrix College of counselling and psychotherapy)
  • Rewind trauma therapy - IARTT
  • Gottman method couple’s therapy
  • Integrative trauma therapy

My experience spans across a range of different contexts and settings: I have worked for many years within several community counselling services supporting adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties. I have also worked as a play therapist and school counsellor in primary school settings for a leading charity and delivered workplace training on mental health issues. I currently work in private practice and as a therapist for various emergency and frontline services. I have specialist education in working with trauma and PTSD and have a keen interest in current developments in trauma research. ​

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £60.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

I offer reduced fees to those on low incomes or attending a counselling training course. However, there is often a waiting list for these spaces. In addition, I offer significantly reduced fees for military veterans seeking Rewind Therapy. I'm happy to answer any questions by email, telephone or text. 

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When I work

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I am available during usual working hours, and offer some evening appointments, subject to availability. Please get in touch for more information.

Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11

Type of session

In person
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Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My counselling room is accessed via a flight of stairs, which isnt suitable for wheelchair users. Please contact me to discuss an alternative arrangement.

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