Welcome to my profile! I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist and I'm registered with the BACP. I'm passionate about supporting people through my counselling service because, time after time, I see how so many people have turned their lives around when they have the time & commitment to deal with their problems.
I work with individuals (both adults and young people), couples and groups (including organisations). Appointments are available face-to-face, over video using Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom or over the telephone.
My approach is holistic and integrative, based on your needs.
For more information, please see my website.
My work base is in Pillaton, South East Cornwall, which is within 15-30 minutes of Callington, Saltash, Liskeard, Launceston and Plymouth.
My background includes general and mental health nursing, health and social care roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including counselling, psychotherapy, supervision, weight management, training, coaching, business, management and leadership roles.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following qualifications -
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill College, Exeter)
- Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (The Reach Approach, West Midlands)
- Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling (Exeter & East Devon Counselling Training)
- Registered Nurse - General and Mental Health (The Royal London Hospital)
- Diploma in Nursing Studies (Plymouth University)
- First Class (Honours) BSc Degree in Health Studies (Nursing), including communication, counselling, supervision & health education (Plymouth University)
- Master of Business Administration (Plymouth University)
- Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- I have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate
During my career, I have completed many short courses and training sessions which include person centred therapy; group therapy; family therapy; solution focused therapy; brief therapy; motivational interviewing to enable behaviour change; mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy. In March 2015, I completed a 2-day problem gambling counselling course with Gamcare, with regular updates, to equip me to work with individuals & their families who have a problem with gambling.
For many years I worked as a Mental Health Nurse, enabling people who have a serious and enduring mental health problem, to stay as well as possible. This included working with people who had problems with under-eating, over-eating and drug and alcohol problems. I have over 30 years experience of supervising colleagues' work.
I have also worked as a Nurse Specialist in an NHS provided two-year weight management programme for people who have a serious overweight problem. This motivational work, including individual and group work, supporting people to achieve life-style changes, through making regular small goals, whilst exploring their barriers to change.
In my 20’s I rowed internationally for Great Britain during the 1980’s, competing in world championships and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, which has led me to my interest in sport, coaching and mindfulness in sport.
I find that the beauty of my work as a Registered Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Coach, Supervisor & Trainer working with The Reach Approach, it enables me to utilise all of the varied training that I have completed over the years, to work in an integrative and holistic way, enabling each client to make the changes in their lives that they wish to make.
If you would like more information about my work experience & education/training, please check out my LinkedIn profile
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
There are dozens of original guided recordings of therapeutic meditations & relaxations on the Reach Approach YouTube channel which you can listen to & watch free of charge. These are really useful to use alongside therapy but they are also really helpful if you are desperate to relax but don't have the time or inclination right now to engage with one-to-one therapy -
From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session
I would love to hear from you, so please either pick up the phone or drop me an email. I offer a free upto 30 minutes phone chat. If I am busy when we first speak, we can schedule a free 30 minute phone chat at a time that suits us both, so we can plan a way forward. At Reach we work from a position of 'Principle Before Profit'. For more information, please click here - https://www.thereachapproach.co.uk/2019/06/08/principle-before-profit/
Individual counselling, psychotherapy & coaching - £40 for a full hour.
Couples & relationship counselling - £40 for a full hour.
Group work & training - varied prices.
Supervision - £40 per hour, £60 per 1.5 hours.
If you wish to discuss further, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
What makes Reach different?
We believe that ‘synergy is the panacea for all ills’ - in other words, it is unlikely that we can find the solution to our problems from one approach or in one place. To really meet our needs we need to look at all areas of our life. We also believe that no one body of knowledge offers us the insight required to take that journey. Therefore, Reach is a holistic and integrative philosophy that enables that process to happen in a supportive environment, offering sustainable solutions that can get you back in the driving seat of your life.
We work using the Story of Health -
Please see our website for further information on our approach.