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PGDip, BACP Registered Counsellor

About me

Whatever brings you to counselling, I listen with an open mind and without judgement. 

Perhaps you:

  • wish to work on a specific issue
  • are currently experiencing a life event that you need extra support with
  • have ongoing difficulties that are causing distress or a sense of being 'stuck'
  • have a general unsettled feeling or a desire to understand yourself deeper

As a humanistic counsellor we work with your individual experience; we start with where you are today and go from there. 

My approach is well-suited to working with anxiety, depression and low mood, loss, bereavement and grief, difficult relationships, self-confidence and self-esteem, loneliness, life purpose, meaning and identity, and wanting to live more authentically.

I am experienced in working with adults of all ages (18+) with a variety of emotional and psychological difficulties, both in my private practice and from working as a counsellor within local charities.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ultimately, I believe the relationship we create together is key to your self-development. 

We will work together to create a trusting environment in which you feel able to explore your thoughts and feelings freely and honestly.

My approach has a philosophical influence which places emotional and psychological issues as problems with living as a human being in the world.

This means I aim to support you in discovering your own understanding of your experience, to find new ways to move forward, reduce distress, and to live a life that is meaningful to you.


Next steps

Email or call me and we can arrange a convenient time to have a free initial discussion (see 'Additional Information' below). 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 7 BACP accredited course) (University of Brighton)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of Chichester)
  • BSc Psychology (University of Exeter)

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework.

Alongside my private practice, I have worked as a counsellor at a low-cost counselling service supporting adults who present with a range of difficulties. I have also worked as a counsellor at a local charity supporting young adults aged 18-25, where I am now a trustee. Prior to this I have volunteered as an emotional support worker in person and over the telephone. 

Before training as a counsellor, I worked for over ten years in Human Resource Management across a variety of businesses in different industries. My decision to train as a counsellor was partly inspired by my business experiences, in particular helping manage complex long term employee absence cases and observing how the world of work interacts with personal wellbeing.

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

  • life changes 
  • life purpose, meaning, and identity
  • wanting to live a more authentic or fulfilling life


£48.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free initial discussion online (via Zoom).  Choosing the right therapist for you is important and this first chat will give us an opportunity to get to know each other. You can ask me any questions you may have.

I will invite you to say something briefly about what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to get out of it, understanding that it might not be easy to talk about the things that really matter straight away.

Together we can decide if what I offer might be suitable for you.  We will discuss your preference for in person or online counselling sessions. There is no obligation to continue if things don't feel right, but if we do, we can look to arrange a first counselling session.

When I work

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Further information

  • I offer sessions in person at a Southsea location, or online (via Zoom)
  • Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available
  • Sessions are held at the same time weekly and last 50 minutes
  • I work with individuals aged 18+

Southsea, Hampshire, PO4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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