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(Ad Dip PC, MNCS)

About me

You can be assured of a warm, friendly, confidential and non-judgemental approach, where empathy and compassion, dignity and respect is at the heart of what I do and how I work.

Life can throw all kinds of things at us, and leave us feeling troubled and finding it hard to cope:

Anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, changes at work or redundancy, abortion, stress, burn-out, financial problems, relationship difficulties, (personal and work related), bullying, health problems, anger, the pandemic.

Low self esteem, self limiting beliefs and a lack of confidence can hold us back from achieving our goals.

Losing weight or stopping smoking can be hard.

Sometimes it can be difficult to see how things will change, but talking things through with someone independent to your family and friends can really help you understand what's going on in your life and how you can move forward.

I'm trained as an integrated therapist and I believe one type of therapy doesn't suit all people, therefore a treatment plan for you may include a number of focussed tools and techniques including NLP, CBT and hypnotherapy.  I take a holistic approach and together we discuss what's right for you.

Before retraining as a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, my background was in HR management and so I understand how work related problems and relationships can have a significant impact in people's lives.  I'm also a qualified coach and volunteer at a local hospice as a Bereavement Counsellor.

I offer short, medium or long term therapy depending on your needs and requirements and this can be on the phone, in person or video call.  When it's time for therapy comes to a close, we'll work towards an ending that feels right for you.

My flexible working pattern means that I can offer morning through to evening appointments and weekends times to suit.

It can be an emotional and sometimes painful experience to talk about what brought you to therapy and an important part of this is building rapport, trust and confidence in our therapeutic relationship, so you can relax and feel safe to talk and tell your individual story.

If you would like to find out more about me, please visit my website. Or I offer a complimentary twenty minute introductory call where we can have a chat and you can ask me any questions.

If you feel drawn to me and my therapy style, please reach out to make an appointment and we can book in your first session.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advance Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Ad Dip PC
  • AIM Award Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory Dip CST
  • Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills Cert Hyp CS
  • NLP Practitioner
  • AIM Award L3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
  • CIPD Human Resource Management and
  • Certificate in Coaching
  • Mental Health First Aider

Accredited by and work within the ethical framework of the:

  • National Counselling Society
  • National Hypnotherapy Society
  • Public liability insurance
  • DBS checked

Member organisations

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Free initial telephone 20 minute consultation

Telephone or online sessions - £40 per hour

In person counselling sessions  ~  £50 per counselling hour (50 minutes)

Hypnotherapy sessions  ~ £60 per hour

Payments can be made by cash or bank transfer and are payable at each session.

When I work

Flexible sessions to suit home and work/life balance

Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am - 1pm

White Lodge, 21 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9DB

14 Wells Street, Hall Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1HZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults