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About me

Hi there. I'm a chartered counselling psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I have over 15 years experience across the NHS and private sectors and practice various therapeutic models. I would describe my approach as integrative, which means I would tailor my work with you based on your individual needs.

I aim to offer a non-judgemental, safe space where you feel validated and heard. We'll work together through a trusting relationship to help you to address the challenges in your life.

My approach

My overall approach is rooted in Existential therapy, which aims to help you to make choices that enable you to live more authentically. Together we’ll explore your lived experience and make sense of the paradoxes, conflicts and dilemmas you may be facing.

During the course of our work together, and in collaboration with you, we may also draw on other tools from technique-based approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness based therapies such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioural therapy skills work (DBT) and compassion focused therapy (CFT).

The duration of our work together will be determined by you, your needs and preferences.

Where I can help

Please reach out to me if you are suffering from the effects of:

  • any experience of trauma
  • addiction
  • anxiety, stress or panic attacks
  • depression and sadness
  • low-self-esteem or lack of self-confidence
  • family and relationship issues
  • identity issues
  • challenges linked to life events (such as loss or bereavement)
  • lacking a sense of meaning or direction in life
  • if you have been diagnosed with a personality disorder
  • if you are simply seeking to work on personal development and growth

Final thoughts

I believe that individuals are inherently capable of personal growth, even when faced with the most demanding challenges in life. While adversity can be life-altering and incredibly destabilising, the choice to face such challenges can also bring about renewed purpose, meaning and wisdom and approaching them via a therapeutic relationship can be hugely beneficial.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy National intensive training 2016 & 2017.

Journal article: De Santis, M & Finlay, L (2018). The lived experience of therapeutic work in the midst of grief: A literature Review. The European Journal of Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy.

I have over 15 years of experience across the NHS, statutory and private sectors. I have significant experience in NHS policy development at a local level, project and service management, consultation, and training and supervision in multi-disciplinary teams. Similarly, I have experience of providing both short and long term therapeutic work and delivering evidence-based psychological therapy including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness interventions and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as well as offering more humanistic approaches, such as Existential therapy.

My experience in secondary care NHS settings has included work at a Community mental health team providing therapy to individuals with mood, anxiety, trauma and personality disorder diagnoses. I have also worked at a Sexual assault referral centre (SARC) specialising in providing therapy for individuals affected by sexual violence, and for an outpatient eating disorder service.

Member organisations

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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£80.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health

Additional information

I offer a free 10-15 minute telephone conversation to enable us to meet and for you to ask any questions prior to booking any sessions. There is no obligation to book sessions with me after this introductory call.  If you do decide to begin therapy with me, I offer online sessions via Zoom. My fees are £80 per 50 minute session.

I also offer clinical supervision (online), for which the fee is also £80 per 50 minute session.

When I work

I currently offer sessions on Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8.30am - 2pm and weekday evenings from 6.30pm.

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH3

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults