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Dip HE Counsellor.Registered MBACP

About me

For me, finding a Counsellor who you can instantly relate to is key to successful therapy. I am a fully qualified Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor with a wealth of experience particularly working with children. I am passionate about my role and through counselling, building a two way working relationship you will be able to gain insight into yourself, the way you relate to others and your situation in the here and now. You will be able to explore different ways of looking at your life and choices you make. I work with children and adults offering one to one sessions. I work both short (usually 6 sessions) and long term dependent on your individual needs, which we can discuss in your initial session.

My aim as a Counsellor is to provide a safe, comfortable non-judgemental environment where children or adults feel supported and able to explore their issues in order to move forward and work towards a resolution.

I am an empathic, caring, approachable person aware that the relationship we form is key to meeting your needs therefore my aim is to provide a positive, trusting environment where I can help you to help yourself.

I am fully insured against public liability and I have an enhanced DBS check

I work from an office at home which is based in Totton, Southampton. Parking on the drive is provided.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma Higher Education Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
  • Cert Ed Psychology
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate  in Counselling Skills
  • Basics of Counselling certificate
  • Twenty eight years experience working with children.
  • Years of experience working with adults in an agency.

I am a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who has supported children in the education system for twenty eight years. I have worked with children ranging from 5-16 years of age. I started in Secondary and then moved into Primary school so I am experienced in supporting children with a range of issues such as attachment, separation anxiety, relationships, self-harm, loss, anxiety, stress and academic pressure. These are examples of some of the issues I have explored.

I have also worked  for several years in an agency in Southampton counselling adults.

In my private practice I work with children, young people and adults.

I am a registered member of BACP.

I adhere to the BACP's Ethical framework for good practice. I belong to the BACP Children and Young People sub division. I am also a member of the HACP-Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am fully insured against public liability and have an enhanced DBS check.

CPD (Continuous Professional Development) is an essential requirement for professional development. My most recent CPD are Anxiety and Self- Harm,Stress Management, Loss and Grief, Young Adult Minds, Emotions and Mental Health Matters.

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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Additional information

£50.00 for 50 minute sessions

Cash or BACS (bank transfer) are accepted for payment

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I  am available Monday to Thursday from 10am-8pm daily

Further information

I work from a therapy room in my home.

There is parking available

Southampton, Hampshire, SO40

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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