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About me

Are you coping with life by drinking too much, using drugs (prescription or otherwise), self harming, eating or any other habitual or harmful behaviour? Do you find anxiety increases or becomes unbearable if you try and control or stop these behaviours?

You are not alone, I see many clients from all walks of life who are just trying to "cope" but the coping mechanisms are now starting to become a problem in themselves.

I also see many clients who are still "coping", who haven't yet developed any harmful behaviours but come seeking help before things get out of hand.

I have 20 years experience of helping clients deal with these issues and in most cases completely successfully. I work with young people, adults and groups

Originally trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, I understand the impact early life experiences can have on us today. However, I have received further extensive training over the years including post graduate training in Addiction Psychology which enables me to work in a more integrative way. For example I draw on techniques based on motivational psychology and CBT to address the addictive or habitual behaviour.  For further, on-going work I will use mindfulness, family systems and psychodynamic theories and practises.

Sessions will be tailored to your personal requirements and often just one or two sessions can be enough to kick start a change.  I also offer half hour sessions which are sometimes all that is required. I do not insist on regular, weekly sessions unless we agree it may be beneficial.

Issues that I commonly work with that are often associated with addictive type behaviours are:

  • Anxiety
  • Self harm
  • Trauma
  • Domestic violence
  • Co-dependency
  • Self esteem
  • Grief and loss

I believe it is vital that you feel comfortable working with a therapist and therefore I offer a free half hour consultation on the phone or face to face at my practise room in Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked extensively within statutory (NHS), private and volunatary addiction services as a counsellor, group facilitator, supervisor and trainer. I have implemented counselling services within schools (age 11 and up) and have worked extensively with Young Carers. I now combine private practise with my NHS work.

  • Advanced Diploma Counselling                       1999
  • Advanced Diploma Counselling Supervision     2014
  • PGdip Addiction Psychology & Counselling       2013
  • Foundation Cert in Systemic Psychotherapy     2011
  • Clinical Supervision  (NHS)                             2011
  • MI Train the Trainer                                       2014/2015 MINT with Rollnick and Miller
  • Motivational Interviewing  (twice yearly since 2003)
  • Hidden Harm                                                 2014
  • Behavioural Couples Therapy                          2014
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy                 2013
  • Relapse Prevention                                        2010
  • Relapse Prevention                                        2009
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  (Level I and II) 2009
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy                2008
  • Diversity & Human Rights                              2009
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy                      2008
  • Introduction to Bipolar Disorder                     2007
  • Personal Performance Coaching                      2006
  • Psychosis Awareness Training                        2006
  • Safer Injecting                                              2006
  • Dual Diagnosis Training                                  2005
  • Transference and Counter Transference with
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse                              2005
  • Thought Field Therapy, Diagnositic Practitioner 2004
  • Acupuncture Detox Practitioner                       2003
  • Relapse Prevention Training                            2003
  • NLP                                                               2003
  • Support Group Facilitator Training                   2002
  • Advanced Support Group Facilitator Training     2002


Registered Member BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psycotherapists)

Member NCS (Accred)  (National Counselling Society)

Member FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals)                                                                                                                       

Member organisations

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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


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National Counselling Society

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Addiction will often present with other mental health concerns especially anxiety and depression.  These will be addressed whilst working with me. For anything that requires more specialist help referrals and recommendations will be made.


£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

Initial Half Hour Consultation: Free

One Hour Session: £55

Half Hour Session : £30

Appointments in person or telephone

Payment accepted: Card (Visa, Mastercard etc), cash, bank transfer

Supervision: £55 per hour

Training: Please contact me for further information

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Appointments available:

Mondays 9am to 9pm

Wednesdays 6pm to 9pm

Fridays 6pm to 9pm

Further information

This is a competely confidential counselling service which means you details remain with me only.  However, to keep within the law and for safe practise there are some circumstances where I may have to share information for example if a reduction from medication requires supervision and medical adivse, this would be done in consultation with your GP or other private medical practitioner. For further information please see my website.

All calls and emails are answered by myself only. All report writing is done by myself only.

I may not pick up the phone immediately, but leave a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

2 Clarendon Terrace, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person

I am a qualified and experienced clinical and counselling supervisor both in private practise and for the NHS.

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