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About me

Are you feeling anxious, low or sad? Maybe you are looking for a new direction? You are not on your own. If you would like to work together towards feeling better, then do get in touch today for a friendly chat about your needs. 

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist experienced in working with a wide range of issues and I am happy to help. All sessions are tailored to you.

Together we can work through your issues and develop coping strategies.

Formerly based in Rainhill, now all our services are online. You can access sessions via Skype, Zoom and telephone, making accessing support easy and convenient.

For details on remote sessions and their benefits just follow this link:

As a qualified counsellor & psychotherapist registered with the BACP, I provide a professional and warm counselling service tailored to you.

Get in touch today to see how we can work together - you do not have to deal with things alone.

I work in a holistic way and sessions are tailored to you. Get in touch today for more details. I am happy to chat through your needs and options. We can also discuss your options via a short video chat. This can be helpful if you have not accessed therapy online before, as it can give you a taste of how sessions can be.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I gained my PG Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy from Liverpool John Moores University.

I am a registered member of the British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy, am fully insured and have an Enhanced DBS.

I am am also a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and the CNHC.

I also provide an empowering and uplifting Life Coaching service.

I am am a fully qualified and insured Reiki Master Teacher and I provide Reiki sessions and training to all three levels of Usui Reiki.

Having undertaken additional training I hold certificates in NLP & Life Coaching; Advanced Diploma Clinical Hypnosis; Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis; Diploma in Life Coaching; 'How to break the cycle of depression'; Somatic Trauma; Animal-Assisted Interventions; Equine-Assisted Therapy; Child Grief & Grief in the Family;Working With Clients at Risk of Suicide; Working with Survivors of Rape and/or Sexual Abuse and Hypnotherapy.

I am also a Specialist Mental Health Mentor and provide a mentoring service for college and university students to help maximise their study potential.

I am committed to on-going professional development.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I can help with a range of issues including anxiety, generalised anxiety, relationship problems, self-esteem, confidence, pain management.

Anxiety, generalised anxiety, confidence building, self-esteem, abuse, pet bereavement.

I take a holistic approach to your well-being and your therapy will be tailored to you personally.


From £25.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Fees are £45 per one hour counselling session.

  • Discounts are available for block bookings and packages.
  • Discounted rates for students.
  • Discount for ex-service personnel and their families.

I am a registered provider for Aviva, Vitality Health and WPA (your policy with these companies could cover the costs of therapy).

For prices of other services I provide please follow this link:

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime and evening appointments available. Please contact us for details.

Further information

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available - please call for details.

Registered provider for Aviva, Vitality Health and WPA.

Based in Rainhill Village since 2014.

Our warm and welcoming premises at 9 Victoria Street, Rainhill, L35 0LB is right in the heart of Rainhill Village and is just a few minutes' drive from J7 off the M62, and just off the A57. There is free, private, onsite parking for clients.

One minutes' walk from a mainline train station serving Warrington, Liverpool and Manchester. We are also on the direct bus route from Widnes, Liverpool, Prescot and St.Helens. Easily accessible via public transport or car, we serve Merseyside and surrounding areas.

Help with a range of issues including anxiety, generalised anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, confidence, pain management.

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Sessions available via Skype, Zoom and telephone.