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Dip.CBT, Dip.Couns, Reg.MBACP

About me

June 2022. I am not taking on any new clients.

My background is in person-centred counselling, which means that a trusting, warm and empathic relationship between you and me is essential. When we agree on a problem to focus on, then we can start using CBT, cognitive behavioural therapy, to examine your feelings and thoughts and see what can be done to help. Working together to question what’s going on, we can explore which changes in your life will make you feel better.

Often real progress can be made in 6-12 sessions or less and we can end at that point. In other cases, by mutual consent, we may embark on a longer term programme, with further sessions and regular reviews.

People who come to see me may suffer from a wide range of troublesome feelings such as anxiety, OCD, sadness, depression,  anger, guilt or shame, and circumstances have made them get into a spiral of emotional pain. CBT can help with this, by allowing you to discover some changes that will reverse the spiral.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I subscribe to its ethical framework of confidentiality and mutual respect between therapist and client.

Telephone, text or email me for an initial appointment to discuss your needs in a confidential and caring setting; and to see whether I'm the right person to help you.

Training, qualifications & experience

After my first career in industry, I worked as a voluntary advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau.  I then trained as a therapeutic counsellor.  My placements were with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics at a residential rehab centre and at Turning Point in Bridgwater.

I have helped clients with a variety of presenting problems including anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, childhood and family issues, anger, substance abuse, and life events such as bereavement, disability, health issues, retirement and redundancy.

awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB):

  • Diploma in CBT Skills and Theory
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Other training

  • Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
  • Child protection and safeguarding children
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Working with the inner child
  • Good practice in counselling (safeguarding and boundaries)
  • Domestic abuse
  • Working systemically in groups
  • Counselling endings

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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From £45.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • The first session allows us to meet and discuss what you would like to get out of our time together and whether I’m the right person to help you.
  • Rates:
    • Individuals - £45 per 50 minute session, either face-to-face in Wedmore OR online (Skype or Zoom) OR by telephone
    • Couples - £50 per 60 minute session, face-to-face in Wedmore
  • I offer reduced rates for counselling students and people on benefits

When I work

June 2022. I am not taking on any new clients.

Further information

I hold full professional and public liability insurance and DBS certification.

Pilcorn Street, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28

Cowan House, 21 Ellenborough Park North, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1XQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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