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(BACP Reg)

About me

No one feels like they should have to ask for help, but life isn't always easy and there are times when we need someone to hear us.  I understand how difficult it can be to make that first step but I truly believe 'counselling could be the best gift you ever give yourself.'

I can't promise to make all your problems disappear; looking at our hopes and fears isn't easy. By working together, I hope to ease that burden and help you find a better understanding of yourself and therefore a more fulfilling and contented life.

I look forward to working with you. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Trauma Informed Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  •  Counsellor for 2wish (agency providing counselling for families whose child has died unexpectedly under the age of 25)
  • Counsellor for New Pathways (an agency providing specialist counselling and advocacy services for women, men, children and young people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.)
  • MIND Counsellor
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Training
  • As a counsellor I understand the importance of continuous professional development (CPD). I attend courses and research topics, I feel will increase my experience and knowledge in helping clients realise their potential.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My fee is £45 per session.  I counsel via Zoom or telephone and face to face at my comfortable, private counselling room in Blackwood.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am available Tuesday afternoons from 12pm with last appointment 6pm and Wednesday/Thursday from 9am last appointment at 6pm.

Further information

I counsel via Zoom, telephone or face to face at my counselling room in Blackwood.

The premises is accessible for those with mobility difficulties. 

Blackwood Wellbeing Centre, 114a High Street, Blackwood, Caerphilly, NP12 1YJ

Hengoed, Caerffili, CF82

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Premises is accessible for those with mobility difficulties

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