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UKCP Registered/Accredited Psychotherapist & Supervisor

About me

If you are thinking about having some counselling, please call me for a brief conversation. I work with adults from the age of 18 years. We might decide to have an initial session to talk - in confidence and without charge about your situation and explore whether some counselling might be of benefit. Some issues can be resolved through short-term counselling, typically 6 to 12 sessions, whilst others might need longer term work.

Short-term counselling can be very effective to address difficulties that have recently surfaced in your life; for instance, stresses at work, uncertainties over a new relationship or managing transitions in your life.

Longer-term counselling is likely to be helpful if, for instance, the difficulties have been around for a while, and simply won’t go away despite all your efforts. This might be a painful loss or bereavement, difficult experiences or memories from the past, or persistent anxieties. Having the time to explore these together offers opportunities for greater understanding and finding lasting solutions.


I offer counselling either face to face in Kendal or Kirkby Lonsdale (in South Lakeland, Cumbria) or online and over the telephone. 

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2006, I completed a four-year core training in psychotherapy at 'WPF Therapy' in London. I spent a further year at the Tavistock, also in London, focusing on the needs of clients living with trauma and/or suffering from PTSD. In 2014, I completed an accredited training in the brief therapy intervention, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT).

During these interim years I have practised as a psychotherapist in various settings including the NHS, the voluntary sector and privately. I have also been a clinical manager of counselling work within an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service; and managed counselling services attached to charitable organisations. I also work as a clinical supervisor, supporting a breadth of professionals from student counsellors to senior clinical managers.

Before embarking on a career in psychotherapy, I worked in the international development sector, with a specific focus on supporting countries, communities and individuals emerging from the impact of violent conflict and the destruction of essential services.

I am registered and accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Strengthening my practice as a psychotherapist is an ongoing priority and a core condition of my membership of UKCP. This includes regular supervision with a senior practitioner and engaging in professional workshops and seminars.

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Non-paid carers

Refugees & Asylum Seekers


£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

There is no charge for an initial consultation, whether face to face or online/telephone. Subsequent sessions are £45. Concessionary fees may be available depending on circumstances. These can be discussed at our first meeting.

I also offer clinical supervision at £75 for a 90 minute session. Reduced fees can be negotiated for student counsellors.  

When I work

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Further information

Please contact me by phone or email if you are thinking about some counselling.

The Lunesdale Hall, Bective Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Cumbria, LA6 2BG

Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4PU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My therapy room on the second floor of Stricklandgate House, in Kendal is accessible by wheelchair, via a lift. The therapy room in Kirkby Lonsdale, located on the first floor of Lunesdale Hall, has no lift access.

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