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MBACP UAD Couple and Relationship specialist. Relate trained

About me

I am Relate trained and have over 6000 hours Relate and Private Practice counselling experience.

Counselling is about finding a way forward which feels right.  Coming to counselling can open up a new world because it's about learning to communicate with your partner in a way which makes each of you feel listened to and understood.

I work in comfortable, private and discreet rooms in Oakham and Gretton which offer convenient parking. Rutland and the surrounding areas of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire can access my practice with ease.

What do I offer?

Counsellors are professional listeners and we are skilled in hearing what it's like for you.
I look to offer a safe haven for couples and individuals to express their needs and fears and then we work together towards resolving them.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked for Relate for 9 years practicing as a Senior Relationship and Couples Counsellor.

I am a specialist with expertise within Couples and Individual Relationship Counselling and have over 6000 hours of formally evaluated counselling sessions.

After a full time career in business and schools I returned to university and graduated in 2010 from Hull University with a UAD (University Advanced Diploma) in Couples and Relationship Counselling.

I have built up a wide experience of couple situations and dynamics and offer counselling for a wide range of issues impacting on a relationship.

As per the BACP ethical guidelines I have regular individual supervision, regular group discussion/feedback and attend regular training CPD's (continuing professional development) to stay informed and up to date of any new developments.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and as above adhere to their guidelines of ethical working practice.


.....very positive much better than imagined. Gave us tools to continue improving our situation. KI

....such a positive cathartic experience.......working with you was amazing.  AS

.....made a life changing difference, thank you.YR made us feel very comfortable especially in such a serious situation.  IK

.....very positive experience, thanks for getting our marriage back on track and we know what we have to work on.  AK

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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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Any behaviour that impacts on a relationship is explored and the consequences/impacts are looked at.

Couples and individuals can benefit from talking through their relationship situations covering areas such as generalised personal anxiety/break down of communication/health issues/child care/commitment/intimacy for example whilst finding ways of working towards moving forward and feeling positive about the future. 

We explore ways and tools to find understanding of ourselves and each other and the habits and behaviour that can get in the way.


Additional information

Each Couple counselling session lasts up to an hour and costs £60 per session.

Each individual relationship session lasts up to an hour and costs £50 per session.

What happens next?

We have an initial consultation to discuss your situation and this will last up to 1hour.

This session is also used to complete administration and is charged the same hourly fee rate.

Following on from this appropriate counselling sessions are arranged if that is the best way forward.

When I work

I offer both week day and evening sessions in Oakham and Gretton.

Further information

I encourage clients to think of counselling as a positive move and dealing with relationship issues as a spring clean and looking at new ways forward. One which helps us to look at the bigger picture, within a non judgemental, no blame, no taking sides space.

Oakham, Rutland, LE15

16 Arnhill Rd, Gretton, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 3DN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Due to Covid 19 I am working via Skype which is encrypted laptop to laptop