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BEM, MA, Dip. Counselling, MBACP

About me

Unfortunately due to building works I will not be able to offer face to face counselling during the month of April 2022. However I am still happy to continue with both online and telephone counselling for clients who are happy with these formats.

I work with clients in keeping with the principles of person-centered therapy, which involves being non-judgmental, showing empathy and putting the client's emotions at the forefront of the sessions. While working in this way I also draw on aspects of other approaches such as CBT, psychodynamic and solution-focused therapy. My role is to provide a safe, caring and professional environment where the client can discuss, in confidence, the issues that are troubling them and where together we can find a way for them to move forward positively.

I have counselled clients ranging from 5 to 70 years old and encountered many aspects of mental health, including lack of confidence, depression, loneliness separation, substance dependence, anxiety, bullying, bereavement and many others. Research into effectiveness in Counselling has shown that a key factor for a successful experience is the relationship between counsellor and client. I feel that I can facilitate this positive relationship and in doing so help my client move to a better place. So if you feel that I can help you or someone close to you then please don't hesitate to contact me.

I am very honoured to have been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the Queen's New Years Honours list 2020.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Various shorter courses including such topics as depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, mental health, addiction, relationship issues and bereavement.

At present I work as follows:

Private Practice, working with adults, young people and children. I have an enhanced DBS clearance (previously CRB)

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


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Adults: £45 per 50 minute session.

Children, young people and students £40 per 50 minute session.

Trainee counsellors: £35 per 50 minute session.

Clients referred through organisations: £50 per session

Consessions are also available in certain situations such as, unemployed, key workers, etc.

When I work

I can offer sessions at various times on Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Further information

I work from home where I live with my wife. I have a comfortable and professionally appointed counselling room.

For parents/carers there is a room where they can wait while their child is having counselling.

There is also parking room.

Epsom, Surrey, KT19

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults