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About me

I began working as a volunteer for Pete’s Dragons (suicide bereavement charity) and Tor Support Services (a charity supporting young people).

As well as developing specialist training in these areas, it has shown me through experience, the true value of a therapeutic relationship based on trust and non-judgement.

This relationship allows my clients the opportunity to explore vulnerabilities in a safe and supportive environment and assist them in finding a way forward.

I recognise that in a world that has arguably never been easier to stay connected, it is becoming ever harder to find a place to speak confidentially away from the eyes of scrutiny and judgement.

I am fully qualified as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, which allows for an adaptable style of therapy that is appropriate for you. It can be more solution focused and directive, or gently supporting you in a safe place, allowing you time to explore.

I am happy to offer both short term and long term counselling, as well as sessions by telephone, and video conferencing platforms.

What to expect:

I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation so that we can discuss what you are looking for in a therapist and whether I would be right for you. We can then decide the best way forward.

Specialist training:

Suicide Bereavement

Shockingly, suicide in the UK is now among the three leading causes of death among men and women aged 15-44.

For those affected by a suicide, they may experience the shock and distress of bereavement, coupled with the possible feelings of shame, guilt, anger, or just WHY……

Understanding the complexities and implications of any traumatic event, such as a suicide, can trigger feelings that have been lying dormant - we can reach our limit of tolerance and suddenly life can feel unmanageable.

Young People

I also work with young people (aged 12 and over) who are struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, abuse, neglect and sometimes just how to cope in a multi media driven world.

I am both DBS checked and have the required Safeguarding training to work with vulnerable young people and adults.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 5 Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy (NCS Accredited)

Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) (NCS Accredited)

Level 3 Foundation in (Integrative) Counselling (NCS Accredited)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained (ASIST)

Additional courses in:

·       Childhood Bereavement

·       Trauma

·       Attachment Theory

·       Eating Disorders

·       Time limited therapy

I work with young people age 12 and over and adults.

I am experienced with working face to face, via video conferencing platforms and by telephone.

I have worked both on a voluntary basis in Devon as well as working with clients privately.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Suicide Bereavement


Additional information

Fees are currently:

£45 for a 55 minute session

When I work

Daytime and evening weekdays

Further information

As a registered member of both NCS (National Counselling Society) and the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I work strictly to their ethical framework.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults