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BA (Hons) Dip Couns MBACP (Accredited)
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st June 2022

About me

Which Counsellor do you choose? Do you select one with the most qualifications? The one with the most letters after their name? The kindest face in the profile picture? Do you choose the most expensive one or the cheapest? I would encourage you to trust your intuition when selecting a Counsellor and allow your inner knowing to help you choose.

My approach as a Counsellor combines honesty, care and non-judgement to help you work towards a better understanding of yourself. I know through both personal and professional experience that there are times in life when we all need some help along the way - to acknowledge this takes courage. l have worked as a Counsellor for over 14 years with a wide variety of issues and work with both individuals and couples.  

My particular area of interest is Trauma and I have completed additional training/qualifications to be able to work with this specialist area.  Working with Trauma/Complex Trauma/PTSD requires in-depth understanding of how Trauma affects people as the consequences are often wide ranging and varied.

I have received Accreditation status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which means that my practice has been deemed to meet BACP's higher standard as a competent, ethical, independent practitioner.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked as a Support Worker, Counsellor and Support Worker Supervisor for a youth charity in Hampshire for several years supporting vulnerable children and their parents/carers. I am also experienced in community working as a Homestart volunteer supporting families in crisis. I have also worked for an International company as a Personal Development Mentor, coaching young apprentices in addition to working as a Counsellor in private practice.  I am also an ex-serving member of HM Forces with an in-depth awareness of the challenges this can bring and the impact this can have on relationships and families.

I am an experienced practitioner working with many issues such as:

  • Traumatic experiences/Complex Trauma/PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Infidelity/Affairs
  • Life Changes/Transitions
  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem
  • Eating Issues
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Professional/Career Issues
  • College/School Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional/Physical/Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Gender Issues
  • LGBTQ+ Related Issues
  • Overwhelming/Unfamiliar feelings

I currently offer therapy in a number of ways:

  • In person sessions at my private practice
  • Online via Zoom
  • Telephone sessions
  • Walk and talk therapy which is counselling whilst walking in nature either around Alver Valley country park or Lee on Solent beach

Qualifications and Continuous Professional Development

  • Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accredited)
  • BA (Hons) in Counselling (Integrative)
  • BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person Centred)
  • Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
  • Diploma in Trauma Therapy
  • International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy (IARTT) Certificate
  • National Open College Network Accreditation Course for Voluntary Work in Youth Counselling
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory Certificate
  • NCFE Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Introductory certificate in Trauma and Recovery
  • Certificate in Ecotherapy and Walk and Talk
  • Working with Sandtrays Certificate
  • Transgender awareness Training
  • Depression Awareness workshop
  • Autism Awareness Training
  • Trauma: Somatisation and Dissociation Certificate
  • Relational Trauma and working with Disorganised Attachment
  • Working with Addiction: underlying causes
  • Working with bereaved clients
  • Self Care and the way between Self-Harm training
  • Dyslexia/Dyspraxia Awareness Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Awareness Certificate
  • Unconditional Positive Regard (Acceptance) Workshop
  • Caring for the Carer Development Training
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Awareness workshop
  • Person-Centred Art Therapy
  • Working with young people Training certificate
  • Home-Start Volunteer Course

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

  • Due to the very high demand for therapy services right now, I am not currently taking on new clients until June/July 2022.
  • Please either call, text or email me with your enquiry. I always try to respond on the same day. Payments can be made by card, cash, Paypal, bank transfer or izettle card payment.

Individuals -

  • 1st session - £50 for 1 hour
  • subsequent sessions cost £60 per 1 hour session

Couples -

  • 1st session - £60 for 1 hour
  • subsequent sessions cost £70 for 1 hour or £80 for 1.5 hours

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime Appointments Monday to Thursday from 9.00am (Last evening appointment is 7.30-8.30pm)

Friday Appointments from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Further information

Please note that my therapy room is located on the first floor and unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

Lee On The Solent, Hampshire, PO13

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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