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Acorn Counselling Cheshire. Registered member of the BACP.

About me

Hello and welcome.

We can all feel anxious, stressed and out of control at times, I am here to help you explore your world, in your own way.

I offer a warm, relaxed, safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore anything you wish. I will help you feel comfortable, heard and accepted. 

I feel we are all unique and therefore the counselling relationship should be unique too. I will bring my full being into our space and aim to work with you in an authentic, relational way. 

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked within the advice, guidance and supported housing sector for many years - managing a varied caseload of clients. I believe my extensive client work in previous front line services allows me a greater depth of understanding for the issues we can all face. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a HE Diploma in person-centred and experiential counselling from Glyndwr University.

I am passionate about self-development - recent training and areas of interest include; advanced diploma in CBT, relational depth, C-PTSD, menopause matters, dissociation, ACE's, childhood sexual abuse, diploma in child psychology, trauma and eating disorders, pluralistic counselling, single session therapy, online counselling (OU / BACP), LGBTQ+, mental health first aid.

Previous qualifications include: Level six diploma in careers guidance and development. 

I work with individual clients aged 18+. 

The majority of my counselling training centred around specialising in working with survivors of sexual abuse. 

As well as counselling clients through my own private practice: Acorn Counselling Cheshire, I also work as a sessional counsellor for an NHS funded service. 

I love being a counsellor and I am passionate about mental health, wellbeing and self-care.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and follow their ethical framework - please see my website for links to this guide. 

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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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I am happy to discuss negotiating the fee, in some circumstances - please get in touch to discuss. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My availability changes each week, therefore please get in touch to discuss further. 

Further information

Please see my website for further information about me, how I work and my background:

I am happy to discuss things further via telephone, email or text - whatever would make you feel the most comfortable. Please get in touch. 

Hoole, Chester, Cheshire, CH2

Mold, Flintshire, CH7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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