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About me


am delighted to be able to offer a variety of ways of meeting for counselling.  

This can include face-to-face sessions, sat in my rural, tranquil, 'Therapy in Nature' room, in the heart of the countryside.  Or if you enjoy being in nature, we can connect with nature and your true nature on a well-being wander around the farm or sat in the secluded, private woodland.  Nature can really help to soothe and regulate our emotions so is really beneficial on our wellbeing.  

Or, if you prefer a more central location, we can meet in my Therapy Room in the heart of Cheltenham.

I also offer online counselling via Zoom, Facetime or the telephone. 

I am flexible about how and where we meet.  It really is about our relationship and you being comfortable and getting the most out of this journey and meeting in a way that suits your lifestyle.  

You can also have a combination of the above.

I treat each person as an individual and use a variety of different approaches to help you become the best version of yourself.  I believe in working with the whole person; mind, body and soul to enable us to feel truly connected to ourselves.  Nature helps us feel aligned with our bodies and our souls.  It helps us come alive and feel the fire in our bellies!

I enjoy helping you discover the key to why you are suffering with anxiety, OCD or depression.  I can help you feel better and will give you hope, love and acceptance.  I understand struggling with anxiety can be overwhelming, particularly if you are experiencing panic attacks.  It can literally feel like you are going to die in the moment.  You are not going to die and you are not going mad.  Anxiety is simply your body's way of letting you know things are not quite right.  Anxiety creates fear, which triggers the 'fight or flight' response and bodily reactions and we can also become afraid of the fear so it develops into a vicious cycle.

I am very passionate about my work and believe that through developing a strong working relationship people can change and heal. Most things go back to loss whether it be death of a loved one, loss of our identity or purpose, the break-down of a relationship, redundancy, loss of a job or children flying the nest.  By sitting or walking alongside someone who is warm, compassionate and non-judgemental we can look at these experiences and untangle and make sense of things.

As we look at the reasons you are experiencing anxiety, I can also provide you with coping strategies to help you feel resourced.  Sometimes it goes deeper, and we may need to look at childhood experiences as they can affect our response to situations and our behaviour in adult relationships.

Through attending regular counselling sessions and being prepared to really look at yourself, we can develop a therapeutic relationship.  This will help you build resilience and increase your self-awareness which is really empowering and will hopefully lead to restoration, healing and ultimately a sense of peace.

I am suitably qualified to work with children and adults having completed several professional courses to degree level and specialist training, as well as continually developing my skills and knowledge. I work ethically and I am a full member of a professional body.

Training, qualifications & experience

Therapeutic Counselling Degree (FdA) at Gloucestershire University

Cruse Awareness Bereavement Course (ABC)

Teens in Crisis Children & Young People's Accredited Course

Individual Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner (EFT)

Diploma in Personnel Management (DIPM)

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.


£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals - £55

Counsellors in Training - £45

Children and Young People - £55

When I work

Appointments available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30 am - 6.30 pm.  
Saturdays by exception.

Red Barn Farm, Alstone, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8JD

3 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3DA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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