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BSc, Dip Couns, MBACP

About me

I am passionate about mental well-being for all.  In these uncertain times, I offer a safe and confidential online space for clients to work through issues and gain a greater insight into their lives.  My work is underpinned by the principles of the person-centred approach; empathy, non-judgement and genuineness; however my diverse, and extensive training and experience, allows me to work in a truly integrative way.  I adapt my sessions to support the client to make effective positive change, therefore when appropriate, I use activities, worksheets, diagrams, creative materials and objects.  I believe the most powerful communication sometimes requires the fewest words, yet delivers the greatest insights.  Ultimately, every session is unique, just as each individual client is.  As well as working with adults, I have extensive experience of working with older teens and young adults.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Practice & Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Integrative Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • PGCE in Further and Higher Education
  • Certificate in Psychometric Testing
  • Certificate in Well-Being Coaching
  • Extensive and Regular CPD

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

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling £50

Coaching POA

When I work

I have very flexible working hours. Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Weekends.

Further information

I regularly engage in some form of therapy myself.  I feel this allows me gain an insight into how it feels to be the client, and for me, it is an essential part of self-care.  Furthermore, I feel it is imperative that I help reduce any stigma surrounding attending therapy.  Unfortunately many people wait until they are mentally, emotionally and even physically unwell before seeking therapeutic help.  I am a firm believer that therapy, in one form or another, at any point in a person's life is valuable.

I offer online face-to-face counselling.

I work from my own, purposely designed and well resourced therapy room: The Therapy Room Stockport.  I have flexible appointment hours.  I also offer Well-Being Coaching and Mental Health Training and Workshops.

Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults