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Experienced Counsellor/CBT specialist

About me

I wonder if you have experienced corona virus (Covid-19) and if I can help you understand your experience? I care about the consequences this has on your health and any feelings of isolation, loneliness and loss you may be going through.

I'm an experienced counsellor who can offer you support for when you are feeling anxious, having panic attacks, or when its all too much.  If you are also an adult survivor of child sexual abuse or other traumatic experiences I can offer a safe, confidential space to talk about how you can manage this.

The way I work:

I am an experienced humanistic integrative counsellor. In other words, I offer you a personal approach for your counselling and I draw from a range of other methods, including Gestalt, creativity and CBT. I use the three-stage trauma focussed approach which includes stabilisation, processing and integration to help you manage emotions and thought processes, understand your experience and memories. I won’t judge, I am open and honest and I welcome feedback.

Who I work with:

I pride myself on being able to work with a range of situation, but specialise in trauma and anxiety and depression.  So far I have been privileged to work with older people (+65); young adult lone parents/carers exploring parenting, debt, confidence, family issues and with clients exploring past history, childhood and adult trauma and abuse as well as those with a history of drug/ alcohol dependence; those with suicidal thoughts and ideation, grief and loss.

How I work:

Do you want short targeted sessions? Or would your rather have a one-off session to deal with an immediate something? I am here to work with you in a way that fits your needs.

To support you through counselling on-line I have undertaken specialist training to work with you using remote access including Zoom and email. For nearly three years I was a Samaritans' volunteer listener, and I’m happy to accommodate requests for telephone counselling, if this is your preferred method during the Covid-19 restrictions.

I use what's known as psychological education to help you understand how the brain/mind body are connected, how your emotions affect you and how your thoughts can be managed to support more positive outcomes.

A little bit extra

Having completed the trauma informed training (stabilisation, processing and integration) with STARS - Dorset Rape Crisis during the summer of 2020 I now work with STARS’ clients including adult survivors of domestic and child sexual abuse.

As a truama survivor myself working with STARS means I can offer you a trauma informed approach and provide a safe space to help heal and learn; supporting you to learn about the effects of trauma on emotions, learn about your brain and body and help you move on.

I work confidentially and maintain records in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & the Data Protection Act 2018 and I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

You can choose from online, telephone and face to face counselling. You and I  would have an initial chat and create a way of working that fits your situation. In exceptional circumstances we may consider home visits.

I offer single session therapy for talking through immediate concerns, anxieties and fears.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dr Bessel A van der Kolk’s Trauma Treatment Mastery Course PESI UK; CPD (27 hours) July 2020

How to do counselling on-line: a coronavirus primer - The Open University, Milton Keynes; June 2020

Counselling During a Pandemic - Redlands Counselling Training & CPCAB - Bournemouth; May 2020

Counselling Remotely - Redlands Counselling Training - Bournemouth; May 2020

Assessing Clients including remotely - Redlands Counselling Training - Bournemouth; May 2020

Foundation degree in Counselling Open University, Milton Keynes

Diploma of Higher Education CBT Skills & Practice - Redlands Counselling Training & the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) - Bournemouth; October 2018 to January 2020

Diploma of Higher Education in Therapeutic Counselling - Redlands Counselling Training & CPCAB - Bournemouth; November 2011 - October 2015

Certificate in Life Coaching Skills and Practice - Redlands Counselling Training & CPCAB - Bournemouth; November 2019

Member organisations


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As a volunteer counsellor for STARS - Dorset Rape Crisis I am trained in the three phase Trauma Informed approach.


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Standard rate £45 per session for 50 minutes (sometimes knows as the counselling hour)

Remote session rate £45.00 for 50 minute session

Free 20 to 30 minute getting to know you initial phone or zoom chat.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Contact me so we can talk about which days are best for you.  At the present time I have some client spaces and evenings may be possible.

Further information

Following the getting to know you chat and outline we will contract our work together, including essential information about you, payment amount, method and frequency.

I am able to offer single session therapy for talking through immediate concerns, anxieties and fears.  Single sessions need to be booked in the same way as longer counselling therapies.

I also offer walk and talk therapy - so if you prefer to be outside walking side-by-side as we explore your concerns then I am able to accommodate this.

Gillingham, Dorset, SP8

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

If you have difficulty accessing places I may be able to find a suitable space for us to work together.