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MBACP (Snr. Accred) Counsellor & Supervisor

About me

About Counselling:

Counselling is a safe, confidential space where you can talk and share your current feelings with a trained Listener.

If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, distress, sadness,  or  life events have been weighing you down;  having a confidential Counselling space to share and let out your internal weight of pressure,  helps you to feel supported and heard,  and is the first step towards self healing and finding your self once more.  Beginning to make sense of what's been happening in your life that's causing you to feel like you're struggling, can help you to set yourself free.

What I Offer:

Having been qualified since 2002, I provide Counselling to all individuals, young people 14+,  couples.  I also provide Supervision for Individual & Groups of Qualified/Trainee Therapists.

I offer 50 minute Therapy Sessions, which take place once per week.  The number of sessions is dependent on your individual need and is agreed on that basis at the start.

Currently I offer online Therapy (can be by Zoom, Vsee) or Telephone sessions (due to COVID Safety).  Please ask about face-to-face sessions possibility, as the situation is constantly evolving and changeable.

I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Confidentiality in all the work I carry out, and am fully Insured and DBS Approved.

I am pleased to offer a free half hour telephone consultation, to support you in finding the right Therapist and the right approach for your situation.

I have worked extensively both privately, as well as within NHS and also Voluntary Counselling Organisations.  My core modality is Humanistic based on T.A. (Transactional Analysis), and I am also Tavistock Qualified in Couples IAPT Approach.  I will be happy to explain more about my qualifications and experience on request.

Please call to enquire further. If I am unavailable, please leave your name and number, and I will return your call at my earliest opportunity.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experienced in both short term and longer term approach, NHS/IAPT Experienced,  Qualified Supervisor of Groups and Individuals,  Counsellor (over 22 years exp):

  • BACP Senior Accredited since 2012
  • IAPT Tavistock Certificate in Couples Counselling for Depression
  • Psychosynthesis Diploma in Couples Counselling
  • Psychodynamic Certificate in Supervision (WPF)
  • Online Counselling Certificate
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Based on T.A.

Extensive experience within:

  • Addictions REHAB and other Addictions Services
  • Womens Hospice
  • Asylum and Cross Cultural Issues

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationship stress, anger management, bereavement and loss, low self esteem and confidence, addictions, gender issues, abuse/rape/sexual issues, self harm and all life issues.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

  • Individuals:  £50 per session
  • Couples:  £65
  • Supervision of Individuals:  £50 p.h.
  • Supervision of Groups:  Negotiable

When I work


Further information

Please feel free to call for a chat if you would like to know more about the Counselling I offer.  

6 Peartree Avenue, Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 9JN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms



In person

SUPERVISION for Groups and/or Individual Therapists by a Qualified Experienced Supervisor

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