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About me

I am a BACP registered therapist offering counselling and psychotherapy, face-to-face in Exeter or online wherever you are.

Life can be both beautiful and bleak, calm and stormy. Encountering pain and suffering is a human certainty. Experience has shown that when these challenges arrive it is not always possible to navigate them on your own. We are social beings and many of our problems are often created through unhealthy interactions with others. I believe, however, that with the right conditions, human connection can bring about restoration and growth.

I meet with clients wherever they are on their journey, offering a safe space to process, explore and recover. I offer warmth, kindness, insight and challenge.

My Approach

I am an integrative therapist, meaning I have been trained in a broad range of therapies. In particular, I draw upon Gestalt Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy. I am influenced by Existentialism and informed by Attachment Theory and Neuroscience. This has then enabled me to develop my own philosophy of counselling; creating one cohesive approach, drawing on the richness of various modalities. 

I have a three-phase framework that I use with all clients:

Connecting - creating the right conditions for the client to feel safe, developing trust and building a strong therapeutic relationship.

Exploring - together, examining all the parts that make up the whole of a person, including historical background and here-and-now experiences. Paying attention to reactions and being curious, with the aim of raising awareness.  

Integrating - ongoing experimentation in the room and in the real world to test new approaches and develop skills. Moving to a place of acceptance and wholeness. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified, integrative therapist. I trained at the Iron Mill College in Exeter which is “a well-established, leading provider of education and training in mental health and wellbeing”.

Formal Qualifications:

  • Sports Science BSc Hons
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Accredited by the BACP)
  • Certificate in Counselling (Accredited by the National Counselling Society, NCS)
  • Counselling Young People Stage 1 (BACP Accredited)

My ongoing professional development and training include regular involvement in workshops, seminars and academic study.

Recent CPD has included:

  • Working with Complex Trauma - Iron Mill College
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid - MHFA England
  • Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse Levels 1 & 2 - AVA
  • Moving Your Practice Online - Online Therapy Institute
  • Existential Therapy Workshop - Mick Cooper
  • Working with Shame - Iron Mill College
  • Bereavement Training - CHUMS
  • Working with Trauma - Carolyn Spring


I am in my 40s with a wealth of life experience. I spent the first part of my working life in the charity sector. I have worked with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts; including mentoring young people in schools, facilitating bereavement support groups and providing pastoral care to adults. This has exposed me to the challenges people face in their day-to-day life: bereavement, abuse, loss, addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety, to name just a few. It has helped me develop the skill of connecting with people and focused my desire to work with people in a more direct way. 

As a therapist, I have worked with a range of clients from varying backgrounds. Each client’s unique experience has given me deeper insight and understanding of a variety of presenting issues. 

Currently, alongside my private practice, I work for a trauma recovery charity based in Exeter offering individual therapy to survivors of domestic abuse.

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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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer counselling and psychotherapy on both a long-term, open-ended and shorter, fixed-term basis to adults and 16/17 year-olds. We can chat about what feels right for you in our initial meeting.

Sessions are 60 minutes long, normally held weekly or fortnightly.

My fee is £50 per session. I hold a fixed number of reduced-cost slots for those on low incomes. 

Further information

When: I work Monday to Friday during the day and have some evening and early morning sessions to fit around work commitments. 

Where: I offer face-to-face therapy at Argyle House in central Exeter, where I use a variety of their professional, modern therapy rooms. Argyle house can be found sandwiched between Exeter Library and Gandy Street, just a few minutes walk from the train and bus stations. 

I also offer online video sessions via zoom. 

For more information visit my website at or get in touch. 

Argyle House, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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