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(BA Hons) MBACP Registered - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

About me

You may be feeling life is just too much to manage, or perhaps something from your past may be impacting on how you are feeling today.

Taking the first step in acknowledging you might benefit from obtaining support from someone outside your family or friends, takes courage.  Counselling can be challenging, but rewarding, as we explore together how you are feeling right now and how you would like to feel in the future.

My aim is to create a safe environment where you can come and talk confidentially, without judgement, about whatever is troubling you or causing you distress.

I offer a warm, open and supportive relationship.  My belief is that the therapeutic relationship that is created between us will allow you to gain more insight, self-awareness and self-understanding, enabling you to make the changes that you might want to make, to live a more fulfilling and contented life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully trained and qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling from Middlesex University and have a Certificate in Relationship Therapy (COSRT accredited) for working with couples.

I also offer online and telephone counselling and am ACTO approved.

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and undertake continuous professional development.  My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.

In addition to my private practice, I have several years' experience of working in an NHS GP practice and workplace counselling service offering psychotherapy support to a wide range of adults and older adults.

I am an approved provider of therapeutic services for the following Private Medical Insurers: Aetna International, AXA Health, Cigna Healthcare and Vitality Health Care Insurance. I am also able to provide psychotherapeutic/counselling services to Healix members.

Prior to my counselling career, I worked for a number of large FTSE 100 companies with the health and care sector and have a Business Management degree, so am well able to understand workplace issues.

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

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Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Vitality

Additional information

Individuals: I offer an initial consultation, so we can see how we might work together.  The cost for this consultation is £55.  Thereafter, my fee is £65 per 50 minute session.  I also offer a limited number of low cost places (minimum £40).

Couples: Please contact me to discuss fees.

Method of payment: Bank transfer or cash.

When I work

I offer face-to-face sessions, subject to neither party having symptoms of Covid-19, plus online or telephone sessions, during the day and evenings.

Further information

Services Offered:

Sessions are for 50 minutes.  I offer both long and short term weekly counselling/therapy.

Therapies Offered:

As an integrative relational counsellor, I use my training and expertise to use the best approach to suit your individual needs.  The list of therapies I use are shown above.


Face-to-face, subject to neither party having symptoms of Covid-19, online or telephone.

I have therapy rooms in the centre of Farnham and close to Guildford.

For more information about me and how I might work with you, please visit my website:

The Eaves, 3 Paris, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9JX

The Eaves, 43 Downing Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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