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MSc BSc MBACP (Accred.)

About me

Stressed, anxious, self-critical?

We can all feel bad, broken or not good enough at times.

Maybe you hide your desires so that you’re not a ‘burden’.
Maybe your anxiety has you procrastinate, hating yourself for being 'useless'.
Or  maybe you're stressed 'having to’ stay on top of things to feel in control...

These habits seem to serve something other than ourselves, and during stressful times; deaths, job changes, break ups, pandemics etc, they can be our breaking points. Could you slow down and stop living for others' expectations? Could you stop avoiding, approach what scares you, and start living by your own true values?

I would love to help you gain clarity.

Clarity around your self-defeating habits, and break the cycle. I want you to live in line with your values, I want you to feel secure in yourself, from a platform of acceptance, courage, and (steady yourself) self compassion.

So, how can I help?

I offer one-to-one psychotherapy and counselling sessions to adults, via Zoom (online video) and telephone, 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

I work to help clients explore their thoughts and feelings, gain insight into how their mind works, attain a more peaceful relationship with themselves, and become comfortable in their own skin. I don't diagnose and 'do' therapy to you, like a doctor. Nor do I sit back and nod, like a passive bobble head...

I work with you, as a collaborator. I listen, I ask questions, I demonstrate respect and understanding. I remain calm, impartial and invested in your growth, and I will challenge you.

Committing to therapy is a risk, and it takes courage to get started.

I offer a free 20-minute call (Zoom or phone) for you to see if we're a good fit, give me brief details of your situation and ask any questions you have.  Email me to enquire and I will get back to you within two (working) days.

Training, qualifications & experience

I imagine you want to know that you're in a safe pair of hands.
So, in a nutshell:

  • Fully insured and DBS cleared.
  • Seven years of clinical experience.
  • Master’s degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Accredited member of the BACP (reserved for members who "complete a rigorous application and assessment process" and "meet the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development").
  • Certificate (80 hours training) for working online / telephone, specifically.
  • Two years experience running therapy skills sessions for therapists-in-training at Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy

I have repeatedly guest lectured for the MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at The University of Derby

The Technical Jargon:

I hold an MSc in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy which taught Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory, and the Transtheoretical Model (TTM). My dissertation focused on Metacommunication (Communicating about our communication, you-and-me here-and-now), a central element of Interpersonal Therapy. I also have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT).

I see myself as an Integrative Therapist akin to Erskine's (Erskine & Moursund, 2018) view of integration -- in the theoretical sense that I integrate various therapeutic modalities, and in the therapeutic sense that I aim to help each client integrate various conflicting, split-off parts of their self, into a more flexible, less defensive whole.

I also enjoy Hill's (2009) integrative model of exploration, insight and action, which informs me of the course of therapy: I utilise the Person-Centred core conditions to help build the therapeutic relationship and help clients explore their thoughts and feelings. I draw upon Interpersonal, Attachment and Cognitive ideas to help clients gain insight. And I use Cognitive and Behavioural skills to help foster action.


  • (in progress) Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision including Online and Telephone Working with The Counselling Tutor
  • (2021) Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling with The Counselling Tutor
  • (2020) Accredited Membership Status with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • (2019) Level 3 Award in Education and Training with SKL Training (Open College Network West Midlands)
  • (2014-2017) MSc in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (with Merit) with The University of Derby
  • (2012-2014) Certificate of Higher Education with Cardiff University (consisting of 12 courses including):
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Basic Counselling Skills I & II; Social Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Philosophy: An Introduction; Wisdom Without Answers: Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy; Verb and Verbosity: Language ; Creative Writing
  • (2010-2013) BSc Honours Degree in Sound Technology (First Class) with The University of Glamorgan (the listening skills still come in handy!)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

  • 29/01/22
    A Biopsychosocial View of Attention Deficit Disorder and other Childhood Developmental Disorders
    Gabor Maté (Online)
  • 06/10/21-4/11/21
    Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma
    NICABM (Online)
  • 29/02/20
    Workshop on Eating Disorders
    Helen Warford (Derby)
  • 11/01/20
    Experiential Workshop in Family Constellations
    Reina Lister (Sheffield)
  • 27/09/19
    Introduction to Psychodynamic Theory and Practice
    Green Lane C&P (Derby)
  • 23/09/19
    Attachment & Compassion: Hypo-aroused States
    Graham Music (Derby)
  • 4-8/09/19
    2nd IAGP International Psychodrama Congress
    IAGP (Iseo, Italy)
  • 08/06/19
    Working Creatively with Children & Young People
    Green Lane C&P (Derby)
  • 18/05/19
    Working with Shame
    Carolyn Spring (Notts)
  • 06/04/19
    Autism Workshop
    Green Lane C&P (Derby)
  • 16/03/19
    Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Workshop
    Green Lane C&P (Derby)
  • 23/02/19
    Working at Relational Depth
    Mick Cooper (Notts)
  • 21/01/19
    Grieving & Loss: A Practical Workshop
    Inspire (Notts)
  • 6-8/12/18
    Theory & Practice of Compassion-Focused Therapy
    Chris Irons (London)
  • 17-18/11/18
    Embodied-Relational Therapy
    Stephen Tame (Devon)
  • 1-4/08/18
    20th IAGP Int. Congress: Challenge & Hope
    IAGP (Malmo, Sweden)
  • 15/06/18
    Cultivating the Therapeutic Relationship
    The CMF (Derby)
  • 21/04/18
    Mindfulness Workshop
    Green Lane C&P (Derby)
  • 26/11/16
    Working with Children & Young People: BACP Basic Competencies
    Rory Cahill (Derby)
  • 08/12/15
    Compassion: Saviour of the Universe & the Tragedies
    Paul Gilbert (Derby)
  • 1-2/06/15
    CBT: Best Practices in Depression and Suicide
    Christine Padesky (Derby)
  • 20-23/11/14
    1st Int. IAGP Research Congress: Chronic Stress
    IAGP (Athens, Greece)


  • Erskine, R. G., & Moursund, J. P. (2018). Integrative psychotherapy in action. Routledge.
  • Hill, C. E. (2009). Helping skills: Facilitating, exploration, insight, and action. American Psychological Association

Member organisations

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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.

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

£45 per 55-minute session. I offer a free 20 minute online video (Zoom) call so that you can see if we are a good fit, give me brief details of your situation and ask any questions you may have. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My working hours are 9am-4pm.
Email me for my current availability.

Type of session


Types of client

Young people

Key details

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I offer a free 20-minute Zoom chat for us to decide if we're a compatible match. Email me to enquire. I will get back to you within two (working) days

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