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Anxiety, Domestic Abuse Blackmindsmatteruk Counsellor MBACP

About me

Hi If you have reached this point in reading this profile I want you to know, that I understand that feeling Anxious, Confused ,Sad, Scared or Angry can be exhausting to live with. So I am sending you a welcoming smile, You may not feel there is a great deal to smile about at this time, but know this is fine

The first step can feel hard.

Finding someone who you feel you can open up to and to be really listened to and heard, not feeling you have to over explain your experience away can feel challenging, as sometimes our feelings are not easy to articulate or understand.

I understand, there are many things that may contribute to us feeling it is harder to access counselling.  Do you worry that you may have to think about your Tone, Choice of Terminology and Cultural Expression?

Do you worry about Articulating many Discriminations we may have encountered, this may be to do with our Race, Sex, Gender, Sexual orientation?

Has it become draining or hard trying to explain to others your Anxiety and Depression, or feeling you have to pretend it is not there?

Are you Feeling confused because you are in ,or have been in an relationship that is restricting but feeling shame or scared surrounding sharing this with others?

I want you to know you do not have to hold back within our sessions, please feel free to bring all your valid feelings to our sessions.

I went through the same process myself within my counselling training, not knowing what to expect and feeling a sense of fear, shame, Embarrassed to explore my concerns with someone I did not know.

But once I did with the right counsellor I felt a sense of release and Clarity and understanding of my feelings.

So a bit about me.

Before I trained to be a Counsellor I qualified and worked as a Nursery Nurse with babies and young children. I went on to develop further skills and experience by volunteering my time With Home start Essex over a 9 year period within their Family support/ Befriending service. Through doing these roles and personal life experiences, I became interested in the many varied influences and experiences we have in life. How these life events or experiences can leave you with feelings you may not understand or you feel ashamed or fearful of sharing. This can affect us psychologically and the resulting effect is our Emotional health, which when neglected can then influence our thought processes and behaviours, this can affect how we are left feeling about self.

This ignited my interest in counselling.

I then continued to gain trainee hours by working in a Women's Centre affiliated with a Women's Refuge, where I continued once qualified. This then lead on to me having a Involvement and working with Home start Essex Pilot Counselling service.  Currently I work privately and within a Domestic abuse charity.  This Has increased my understanding and experience of helping clients explore many concerns due to the challenges that present for the women and children within A abusive relationship and family. And my clients who have never felt safe to share their story.

This is why I feel it is Important to offer a service where you feel heard and understood

I feel passionately about every individual being able to find their voice , to not be ashamed of their feelings and to feel listened to.

All clients are welcome .

I also work with Trainee counselling Students

I look forward to meeting you.


I can help you with your Anxiety, Depression, Discrimination ,Work Related stress, Abuse, Family concerns , Self esteem/Body Image concerns, Bereavement and with Disability concerns and Self harm..

I offer counselling in the home for Mother's experiencing Post Natal Depression , or those with Disabilities.

Also I offer Talking and Walking Therapy for those who want to Incorporate their Physical with their Emotional needs.

I feel it is Important that people are able to access therapy even if they can not get to the Therapy room or find the Therapy room intimidating .


When you first call me we will have a 20 minute Initial telephone consultation , to get a brief outline of your concerns to establish if we can mutually work together.

This phone call is your opportunity to ask questions regarding the work we will do together.

We will then mutually agree a time and day to meet for a session face to face or online or by Telephone.

How do I work.?

I trained in integrative Therapy which means I do not work in one particular style for every client.

This means I take influence from different theories and negotiate with each Individual client your concerns and a way of working together which suits you.

I offer a space Weekly for 50 minutes, which enables my clients to explore their concerns in a Confidential, Empathetic Relaxing space.

My belief is that you know the answers , the therapy will be facilitated so that you can gain a greater understanding of your emotional triggers, self and behaviour so you can find a way to move forward to a more fulfilling life for you.

How to contact?

You can call me on 07540774667 or by Email or through the counselling directory send message facility.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Gangsline Training Understanding Street Gangs                            Sept 2017
  • BACP Certificate of proficiency                                                      July 2015
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling                                    July 2013
  • Level 3 certificate in Counselling Studies                                        July 2011
  • Level 2 certificate on Counselling Skills                                          July 2010
  • Piece by Piece Recovery Working with Obesity, looking at food
  • Addiction/Binge Eating Disorder.                                                  March 2015
  • Basildon Women's Aid Community Awareness Training.              Nov 2010 & Feb 2012
  • Home- start Basildon District Preparation course Training                Nov 2010
  • NNEB in Nursery Nursing                                                              July 1994

Additional Workshop

  • Online Future learn Maintaining a Mindful life
  • Ava Project  Against Violence and Abuse Training
  • Why Doesn't she leave? An Intimate look inside a abusive relationship
  • Minds Matter Awakening Employee well being
  • Therapy for life A Evening with Carole Francis -Smith
  • Assessing Risk learning to talk about suicide
  • Harley street Psychology Practice , Working towards Independence.

Member organisations


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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Additional information

My fees are £ 40.00 per 50 minute session week daytime and £ 45.00 for evenings from 5pm and £50.00 for Saturday sessions.

For couple sessions I charge £50 weekday , £55.00 evenings from 5pm and £60.00 for Saturday daytime .

This applies to Walk and Talk Therapy which I offer if desired, this service is only offered in the daytime.

I need to be given  48 hours cancellation notice . You will have to pay for this session, If we can not come up with a mutually agreeable rearranged time within that week.

When I work

I can offer Tuesday  10am - 6 pm and Friday 10 am -6 pm appointments along with Saturday availability 10 am -2 pm Also Availability for Walk and Talk Therapy.

Further information

For further information about how I work and the counselling process, please feel free to take a look at my website. this is currently being updated and will be active soon.

I am a member of the British Association for counselling and psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical framework.

I have full indemnity Insurance and DBS checked and attend regular supervision and ongoing development with workshops.

The premises for therapy have great transport links with Billericay station 7 minutes walk to location. . There is also the Number 100 bus which stops in Billericay High street making the location  8 minutes away .There is also adequate parking nearby  down the next street Highlands Grove.

Billericay, Essex, CM12 9YB

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

7 minutes Walk from Billericay Train station. Also bus route near location which is 8 minutes walk from billericay high street. The number 100 bus stops in billericay .