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About me

Coming to counselling is an important decision and often the first brave step towards getting help and making changes for the better. I myself have been in counselling as part of my professional and personal development and I am therefore familiar with the experience of being a client. In my experience, the most important thing to consider and understand when choosing the right person to work with as your counsellor, is the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and feeling both safe to talk about anything that is on your mind, and really heard and understood.

I will work with you in a collaborative way. I believe that effective counselling requires a true partnership between client and counsellor as well as mutual respect, open-mindedness, honesty, trust, curiosity and a desire for real growth. You will be given the space to gain new insights into your difficulties and how you manage them, enabling you to consider what changes you wish to make towards achieving a more empowered and fulfilling life.

I provide both longer term, open ended counselling and also short term, solution focused counselling, depending on the issues you’d like to explore. I see individuals of any gender, culture, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The initial assessment will help us identify whether counselling is the best way forward for you and whether I am the right counsellor for you. My commitment to you is to provide regular counselling in a respectful, non-judgmental, safe and confidential environment.

My core training is in person-centred counselling but I also offer more integrative approach and draw on skills linked to mindfulness and life coaching. I am mindful that certain counselling styles suit some people more than others and I adapt to each individual client’s needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP approved

I have experience working with adults, young people and groups in various therapeutic settings and from diverse cultural backgrounds. As well as working in private practice, I also have experience in working in prisons and mentoring young people.

I am committed to ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

As a Registered member of the BACP, I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member Organisations

BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

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.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Additional information

£50 per session (50 minutes).

Some concessionary spaces may be available.

Further information

My private practice is few minutes drive from Harpenden town Centre. It provides a comfortable and confidential space to talk. Parking is available on the site.

I have professional insurance and supervision for my work.

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4

Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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