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Dip. Couns MBACP (Medway)

About me

Taking that first step into the counselling room can sometimes feel daunting, so it is my aim to walk alongside you as we explore your lived experience together. Maybe past experiences are still influencing how you live your life today or maybe you have suppressed or numbed emotions through fear of being overwhelmed? These are quite normal thoughts which can be explored in counselling in a safe, confidential environment.

Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’ which provides the space and time to explore problems and difficult feelings. It may be that you do not know why you feel like you do and talking it through may give some insight. You may identify the root cause and any unhelpful behaviours with the aim of finding ways to overcome them. Becoming more self aware may bring clarity and a new perspective on what you’re currently experiencing.

As part of my journey, I have had a variety of work and life experiences, some have been good but others not so good. These have all played a part in who I am today and given me the necessary experience to do what I do. During my training, I worked with survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, bereaved clients in a hospice and with young adults in a college setting. I now run my own private practice offering face to face, online and telephone therapy. I also continue to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse with a registered charity.

The variety of this work has taught me to be flexible in my approach and to listen without judgement. We are all on our own life journey and experience it from our own world view. I have been in the client seat for many hours, partly on my own journey and as a requirement for my training. Knowing how it feels to be a client has given me a greater understanding of how clients may experience therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training

I am a qualified integrative counsellor and my training took place over 3 years at Inter-Psyche, a counselling and psychotherapy training centre based within the NHS and accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I’m also qualified in working online and by telephone. 

I have extensive experience working with childhood sexual abuse, rape and trauma and continue to support a charity working within this area. I’ve also worked in a hospice supporting bereaved clients, and with those who have low self esteem, depression and anxiety. 

So how do I work?

I trained as an integrative counsellor, which means I use a combined approach that brings together specific therapies tailored to your individual needs and personal circumstances. The most effective therapy does not come from theory alone, but the relationship that is built between client and counsellor and I aim to engage with you at a deeper level by listening and understanding your life experiences and walking the path with you. Therapy isn’t always just talking and I like to find the best way for you to be able to process your life experiences, sometimes creatively. 

As part of my ongoing training, I attend regular CPD and events to ensure my knowledge remains updated.

I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate 

Mental Health First Aider

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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Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45 per 50 minute session

When I work

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Watling Street, Rochester, Kent, ME2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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