About me

My years of experience as a GP in the NHS mean that I understand what it is like to feel that you are running on empty. 

You may feel anxious, low or troubled. Life might seem like you are wading through treacle.

You may have experienced loss: of people, of relationships, of purpose, of self-esteem, of security, of youth, of health, of a job...You may be going through change or feel the need for change.

You neither want nor deserve an off-the-peg answer. My role as a counsellor is to collaborate with you to find your own bespoke answer to whatever brings you to therapy.

I work with you, adapting therapy to your needs, to help you move beyond your current difficulties to a place which feels better: to get your life in a balance you are happier with.

I work with people of all ages and many different backgrounds who bring a wide range of issues. I have experience counselling autistic adults and people who have experienced trauma.

I offer short-term and long-term face to face counselling for adults. I also offer Walk and Talk/Outdoor therapy sessions. My working days are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

If you have any questions or would like a chat by phone to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you, please email me or text/leave a message on 07795328660.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (The Academy SPACE, Sheffield, 2021)
  • MB ChB (University of Sheffield, 1988)
  • MA in Law (Distinction) (University of Sheffield, 2016)
  • Experience
  • I volunteer at a Sheffield Women's Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charity.
  • I have volunteered at an NHS Sheffield-based counselling service for Autistic people.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I can also help with navigating change and loss.

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£50/hour whether face to face, outdoors, online or by phone.

I offer a free 20 minute phone call to help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesday morning session is for Walk and Talk/Outdoor therapy.

Further information

After qualifying as a doctor in the 1980s, I worked in a variety of specialities before training and working as a family doctor in and around Sheffield. I felt I needed to make a significant change so I first took an MA in Law-but that didn't feel right. So I went to counselling to explore what I needed to do, and that gave me the space to find some clarity: I let go of my career, my identity- it seemed like my whole life-and retrained as an Integrative Counsellor.

My medical background has taught me many things, but some to mention here. The first is that whilst I do have some expertise, You are the only expert on You. My role is to support and collaborate with you, rather than dictate or prescribe to you, as you go through the process of healing and changing. The second is that listening, really listening to understand, is more important than listening to compose a suitable reply. And thirdly, to have a healthy scepticism towards the medicalisation of mental health issues, and to question the usefulness of diagnoses when they are used to label and pigeonhole the emotions that we all feel as humans.

I work predominantly face to face whether inside or outdoors. I prefer to use online or phone for maintaining continuity should Life or Covid get in the way.

I take part in regular supervision and undertake continuing professional development.

The Practice Rooms
5 Broomfield Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S10 2SE

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

A downstairs room can be arranged subject to availability.