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MNCS (Accred), RMHS, BEd (Hons)

About me

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I provide counselling and psychotherapy for adults.

Short-term (4-10 sessions), medium term (3-6 months) and more open-ended therapy can all be provided. Medium-term and long-term work is regularly reviewed in 1-2 month blocks in order to maintain pace and moving through a process of inner and outer change.

I also offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.

What might I expect from counselling and psychotherapy?

The purpose of counselling is to work towards becoming more happy. It is a process of self-reflection and self-change. I offer enquirers an opportunity to develop their self-awareness and knowledge about themselves in order to find new ways of being. In the initial part of the process we explore what it is you want to change so you can break out of old patterns. The therapeutic relationship is the key to developing that self-awareness and finding new ways of being.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working privately since 2014 as a counsellor. I have 24 years of experience working with young people and adults. I also have experience of working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse in a centre in Wiltshire where I had further training in trauma recovery.

Anxiety, and conditions like SAD (seasonal affective disorder), bipolar, panic attacks and depression are the most common issues for people coming for counselling and so the most common issue therapists work with and specialise in. What makes people's anxiety different are the causes of that anxiety.


  • Tutor at Chrysalis Courses, UK, training students on the Diplomas for Hypnotherapy, Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Working in Private Practice for over eight years
  • Worked in a Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Wiltshire, UK
  • Worked in Further Education and Primary Education for 25 years

Training and Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Informed by Research) Level 6 - Current
  • Childhood Trauma, the Brain and Neuroscience, PESI, UK
  • Working with Young People Certificate (11-18), Bournemouth, UK
  • Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Southampton, UK. Level 5
  • Working with Sexual Trauma, Wiltshire, UK
  • Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Southampton, UK. Level 5
  • Diploma of Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Hampshire, UK. Level 4
  • Diploma of Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills, Hampshire, UK. Level 3
  • Certified Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner, Birmingham, UK
  • Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner, Dorset, UK
  • Diploma of Anatomy, Physiology and Therapeutic Massage, Harrow, UK
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary), University of Winchester, UK

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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From £30.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Online/Phone (Unwaged/Universal Credit): £30 per session for counselling only

Online/Phone (Standard): £40 per session for counselling and £60 for hypnotherapy (including soundfile or CD)

In-person: £60 per session in Stockbridge, Hampshire for counselling and £80 for hypnotherapy (including soundfile or CD)

I also provide concessions for training counsellors who require their own personal therapy as part of their training but can only offer these concessions on online counselling.

The Salisbury Practice, 3 Clarendon Terrace, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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In person

I offer counsellors personalised support for their professional practice helping them to develop effective therapeutic relationships with their client

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