I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with over 20 years counselling experience. I am a Registered Member of BACP and an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversities therapist with Pink Therapy. My background includes counselling in GP surgeries, NHS, probation and prisons. I now work part time for a charitable/voluntary organisation which supports young people. In my private work I currently work with adults and young people who are 18 or over.
Over the years I have worked with clients who have been experiencing a wide variety of personal issues including feeling sad or down, stress, worry, anxiety and/or panic attacks, social anxiety, anger, depression and or low mood, bereavement and loss, relationships, separation or divorce, drugs/alcohol, addictions, sexuality, self harm, domestic violence, suicidal feelings, childhood and family issues, autism and Asperger's (ASD/ASC/ADHD), abuse, exams, mental health problems, workplace problems, difficulties with studies or university, redundancy and low confidence or self esteem.
I am interested in gender and sexuality and have worked with many clients who are exploring issues around their gender or who identify as non-binary, gender fluid, gender queer and/or clients who are exploring their sexuality or who identify as LGBTQIA*. I work within a gay/trans affirmative approach, supporting clients who have experienced homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.. I have also worked with parents whose children are exploring their gender and/or sexuality. I am also experienced in working with clients who are in polyamorous/consensual non-monogamous relationships.
I am experienced in working with anger, the feelings that are underneath it and how it shows itself, and how it can affect relationships. I have also worked with many clients who are struggling with the demands of work pressures which might be causing stress.
It may be that you want to make some changes in your life, or are feeling under pressure and need some support in order to help you see things more clearly and identify ways forward. The COVID pandemic has impact on us all in a variety of ways, bringing huge changes and losses. I offer a safe, supportive, confidential environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without feeling judged.
The basis of my work is Person-Centred, which means I offer empathy, honesty, and unconditional positive regard. This type of approach can be beneficial in exploring and understanding your feelings and relationships with others. I am able to work long term to help you work through and resolve feelings that may stem from the past and that may be causing difficulties for you. I am also trained to use Solution Focused and CBT therapies which are more short term and can be helpful if you require a more short term “here and now” approach.
I am qualified and experienced in working online as well as over the phone. I can offer counselling sessions via phone, video, email or instant messenger.
Counselling can be challenging but also rewarding and empowering, and it is important that you find a counsellor that you feel comfortable working with. Bearing this in mind, feel to contact me by telephone or email without obligation if you have any questions about the therapy. I am approachable, warm and genuine, and I offer a down to earth approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Skills Level One and Two
Advanced Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited course)
Introduction to Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Advancing Skills in Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Working with Clients who Self Harm
Working with Trauma and Sexual Abuse
TA 101 (Transactional Analysis)
Coaching for Success
Accredited Tutor for Cognitive Behavioural Programmes.
Diploma in Casework/Counselling Supervision.
Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Interventions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Essentials Certificate in Gender and Sexual Diversities Therapy (Pink Therapy)
Accredited Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversities therapist (Pink Therapy)
Certificate in Online Counselling (OLT)
Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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I offer evening and Saturday morning appointments.
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