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BA (Hons) PG Dip MBACP

About me

I offer a safe, non-judgemental, confidential and creative space to help you fully explore what is troubling you, increase your self-understanding and make positive changes so you can move forward with confidence.  

I am an experienced BACP Registered Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in person in Southsea and online in Winchester and across the UK.

If you are struggling with your relationships, feeling depressed, anxious or sad, or have difficult feelings about yourself and are finding it hard to enjoy life, I would like to help.

Perhaps you have you been negatively affected by Covid and the lockdowns or have symptoms of trauma? Or perhaps you just want to grow, change and develop.

Starting counselling

Whatever your reason, embarking upon therapy and finding the right therapist for you can feel daunting.  If my profile resonates with you, contact me for a free 50 minute initial consultation where we can discuss what has brought you to counselling, what you want to achieve and how we might work together. 

How I work

As an integrative therapist I work intuitively and collaboratively, drawing on a range of therapeutic interventions best suited to you. These include traditional talking therapies such as psychodynamic and person centred approaches but also CBT, mindfulness and psycho-education.  I also work creatively using sand tray, art or drawing therapy which can help foster a better connection to our bodies, helping you to process past experiences and gain a greater understanding of your unconscious behaviours, thoughts and feelings. 

My experience

I am experienced in helping clients with anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, relationship and attachment issues, trauma, including early childhood developmental trauma.

Healing and personal growth

I believe that we all have the ability with the support of the therapeutic relationship, to access our own healing power and find our way back to who we truly are, so we can feel more empowered, resourced and enabled to fulfil our true potential.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I am BACP registered and have a post graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Roehampton University.  I qualified in 2015 and since then, in addition to my private practice, have worked in various settings, including the charitable voluntary sector and higher education, with a wide range of clients.

Additional certified training:  Working Creatively with Trauma (2022)

I have also worked in the public and private sector as a management consultant and as a trainer and educator in the field of emotional health and wellbeing, promoting awareness of the importance of emotional health and wellbeing and the knowledge, tools and techniques we can use to support good mental and emotional health.

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£65.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer both short-term (6-12 weeks) and longer term open ended work.  Sessions are £65 in person and £55 online.  Sessions are held at the same time each week and last for 50 minutes.

When I work

Please contact me for my availability.

Southsea, Hampshire, PO4

Winchester, Hampshire, SO23

Type of session

In person