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About me

I am a warm, empathic Integrative counsellor and I value the relationship element to counselling above all else. I believe that as Yalom says "therapy should not be theory-driven but relationship-driven."

I particularly enjoy working with the students  / international students of our city and as this is an area that I predominantly work in and as such I have a coherent and up to date understanding of the struggles that students have to face.

I am very person-centred in my approach while being an Integrative counsellor allowing me to work in a variety of ways to suit the individual needs of my clients.

I am very down to earth and have vast life experience and understand the struggles that we can all face through our own individual lives.

I offer a free initial telephone consultation to discuss how I work and what you are looking for. If you decide that you would like to proceed to work with me then the first session is largely about getting to know one another exploring your goals through therapy and identifying issues that you may want to explore.

I strive to make the early sessions feel as comfortable as possible realising that therapy can sometimes seem daunting. I always strive to work at your pace and value the time that it can take to build a trusting therapeutic alliance.

Training, qualifications & experience

Fully Qualified Fda Integrative Counsellor


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

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From £50.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

From £50ph Concessionary rates available to students and those on low incomes 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please contact me to discuss availability 

Sapphire Practice Rooms, 10 Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1JG

Exeter, Devon, EX4

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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I offer online sessions via MS teams to those that are unable to access my practice rooms

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces