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Dip.Couns, MBACP

About me

I am a friendly, experienced and professional counsellor in Humanistic Person-Centred Counselling, working from Haslemere in Surrey.

At times life can be challenging, and it may be difficult to speak to our loved ones. I can provide a confidential, independent therapeutic relationship and trusting safe space to be heard and understood. I hope to enable you to explore any of your difficulties, with warmth and acceptance for who you are and without judgement. I believe that you are your own expert and I will explore alongside you facilitating your own self-discovery, listening and supporting you in piecing together your puzzle - helping you to gain clarity.

I work with empathy, developing an understanding of how you experience your world. I believe in working authentically and ethically with transparency and honesty. I feel that trust is within the foundations of the therapeutic relationship, and by working together you can develop your self-awareness – getting to know yourself better, identifying your difficulties and challenges, and in doing so working towards possible change and developing personal growth. Working with a Humanistic approach, I believe that the client and counsellor relationship is at the core of the therapeutic process, with the hope of developing an openness for a deeper understanding of emotions and finding the freedom to be who you are.

Training, qualifications & experience

I previously worked as a counsellor at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care offering one-to-one counselling support to adult patients, carers and families facing grief, loss, life-changing circumstances and life-limiting and terminal illness. I worked both face-to-face and via telephone.

I have one-to-one counselling experience supporting young people from 16 years and over within a Sixth Form College setting.

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
  • NCFE Level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills
  • Certificate in Counselling Young People - No5 Young People

I am committed to developing my training by attending Continuing Professional Development to enrich my practice. Additional training includes:

  • Safeguarding
  • Family Constellations Workshop - An Introduction to Systemic Work
  • Prevent
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy - An Introduction
  • Death and Dying
  • Child Protection
  • Exploring Spirituality
  • Understanding Cancer and Neurological Conditions
  • Loss, Grief and Endings
  • CPD with ‘Deep Release’ online Professional Training for Counsellors  between May 2020- January 2022:
  • Nesting Dolls
  • Transactional Analysis

  • Inner Child

  • Psychoeducation
  • Mental Health Issues in Counselling
  • Introduction to In Womb and Birth Trauma

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience working with bereavement, and other significant losses such as careers, identity and home. I have worked with low self-esteem, self-confidence, anxiety, depression, illness, self-harm, relationship/family issues, self-image, guilt, stress, anger, purpose and meaning.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Free 30 minute session

I offer a free 30-minute consultation without further obligation, via telephone or video call. The session will hopefully give you the opportunity to see if I'm the right counsellor for you, and if we can work together.

Fees and Concessions

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes with a fee of £50 per session.

I offer discounted rates for Students (over 18 years), Trainee Counsellors, Low Income, Keyworkers, and Unemployed. Other concessions may also be possible, please contact me to discuss individual circumstances or for more information.

Payment can be made by bank transfer or cash.

When I work

Working Hours

Face-to-Face sessions (therapy room and walk-and-talk) Wednesdays 9am-4.30pm

Remote sessions (video and telephone call) Mondays 11am-6pm & Wednesdays 9am-6pm

Further information

Registered Membership

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework, standards of proficiency and professional practice, including attending regular supervision.

My Approach

I work with a Humanistic Person-Centred approach also informed by Existential Philosophy.


I work one-to-one both long term and short term with adults and young people from 16 years, offering morning, daytime and early evening appointments.

Please feel free to contact me for further information or for booking a free 30 minute Counselling Assessment. 

71-73 Wey Hill, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1HN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Online platforms