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About me

I am a qualified counsellor with 7 years’ experience as a crisis counsellor.

I have experience of working with young people aged 13-18. If you are a parent of a young person, or a young person yourself struggling with anxiety around pressures at school, or suicidal feelings and self harm please get in touch.

The current pandemic may have left you feeling unable to cope, your life could have changed significantly and left you scared and isolated. Your relationships with people close to you may have felt strained and caused you a lot of distress.

As your counsellor, I can help you by listening to whatever is troubling you and my aim is to help you to explore and understand the events or situation that have prompted you to seek help. I can help you explore any kind of problem, whether it is trying to make sense of a past life experience that is causing you some emotional pain, or a current problem that you are finding hard to cope with on your own, or perhaps a fear of something in the future which is holding you back. I strongly believe that having a safe space to talk, without judgment, can help you get clarity and empower you to move forward and make clear decisions about what you can do to improve your life.

I have supported people experiencing emotional distress and helped them make sense of their situation and find a way forward. I believe a crisis can be anything that has left you feeling unable to cope without help.

I offer a free 30 minute telephone chat before arranging a session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dip HE Therapeutic Counselling - Leeds Becket University

Cert He Counselling and interpersonal Skills  - Leeds Metropolitan University

I have 7 years experience in various roles providing crisis counselling at Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service.  In this role, I have received specialist training and have extensive experience of supporting people affected by complex trauma.

I worked voluntarily with Mosaic providing counselling to adults affected by sexual abuse.

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


Additional information

I offer video and phone support at £50 an hour.

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people