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MBACP (Accred)

About me

About me: I am an accredited counsellor with over 20 years experience of working with couples and individuals. I work from home in my garden room which provides a private, tranquil setting for counselling. I specialise in relationship problems but also see clients for a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, health problems, low self esteem and work-related stress.

About counselling: Coming to counselling at a difficult time in your life is a big step and it is important that you find the right counsellor for you. I provide a calm and neutral space for you to talk and reflect on thoughts and feelings. Together we will explore the difficulties you are currently experiencing and I will help you think about how you want to move forward with your life and relationships. We will usually meet once a week at the same time. Counselling can be open-ended with no set end date or can be for an agreed number of sessions. This will depend on you and why you are coming and is something we can talk about when we meet.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training background is mainly in psychodynamic counselling but I have also trained in person-centred counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Among my qualifications I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, a Certificate in Marital Counselling and a Post Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills.

I have over 20 years experience as a counsellor. As well as my private practice, I have worked as a counsellor in a range of settings including counselling agencies for couples and individuals, a workplace counselling service, the NHS (in a hospital psychotherapy and counselling service) and a sight loss charity (Macular Society). I usually see clients face to face but am an experienced telephone counsellor and have worked extensively online during Covid.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I worked as a telephone counsellor for over 17 years with a sight loss charity and am experienced in helping people affected by these issues. I now help run a local support group for this charity.


From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Fees for sessions are £40 for individuals and £50 for couples. I offer some flexibility of fees for those on low incomes. I offer a free initial half hour consultation so that we can decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.

Payment can be made either by cheque, cash or bank transfer. I may charge for sessions cancelled at short notice.

When I work

Daytime and evening appointments available

Further information

Day time and evening appointments available. Counselling takes place in a residential area of Chelmsford and street parking is available. I am also on a regular bus route from the centre of town (54 and 56 buses).

Chelmsford, Essex, CM1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Just one low step into my counselling room which is at the back of my garden and all on one level.

Additional languages



In person

I am an accredited counsellor with over 19 years' experience of working with couples and individuals.

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