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About me

I am an honest, compassionate counsellor offering the kind of down-to-earth no-nonsense approach I would have appreciated when I attended therapy.  I was a sceptical client, now turned therapist, so I have some idea of what you might be feeling. 

I firmly believe that you will have been trying your best to live a good life (whatever that means for you), but we all need help and support at times. When you’re feeling anxious or depressed it can be tempting either to desperately power on through or to hide away, perhaps making matters even worse.  Seeking help is an essential first step to feeling better and as I learned myself, asking for help is not a weakness; it's a strength.

I listen without judgement in order to understand your unique circumstances and we work together to fulfil your needs and give you the ability to make positive choices in life.

I can help with a whole range of issues but I have a personal interest or unique experience in the following specific areas:

  • Anxiety & depression
  • Separation & divorce
  • British boarding school system
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Anger issues
  • Health anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Alcohol and drug use and abuse
  • Weight issues
  • Suicide

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PG Dip (Level 7) - Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
  • CPCAB (Level 2) - Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Cruse / NCS - Bereavement Support Training

As well as working in private practice I have also worked with NHS and self-referred clients through both Age UK and Cruse Bereavement Support.

Before becoming a therapist I worked for 30 years as an actor, theatre director and acting tutor, and I still do a little teaching now. I also work as a funeral celebrant. 

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

  • Boarding school survivors
  • Boarding school syndrome
  • Men's issues

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From £50.00 to £120.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer complete flexibility in terms of length and frequency of appointments. Like most therapists, I am happy to offer regular weekly sessions, but I also understand that a more flexible approach may be needed by some clients. Appointments can therefore be fitted in with both of our schedules and session length can vary between 50 minutes and 2 hours (charged on a pro-rata basis). 

  • 50 mins - £50
  • 60 mins - £60
  • 90 mins - £90
  • 120 mins - £120

When I work

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Further information

I can see you at my home office on the Wirral or in dedicated therapy rooms in Aigburth, Liverpool. I also work online by video call if that suits you better.

I am also able to offer walk and talk therapy sessions, which start and end at my home office on the Wirral.

Short notice appointments may be possible and I am happy to provide short or long term therapy for adults.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I have regular supervision and undertake continued professional development. I am also fully insured and hold a current DBS certificate.

17 Groveland Road, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH45 8JX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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My home office where I usually work is in an upstairs room. I am happy to see those who have difficulty getting upstairs in a downstairs room. A ground floor toilet is available, though there are 2 single steps to reach it.

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces