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About me

Hi. I'm a warm, friendly and direct psychotherapist and a ShadowWork coach with a decade of experience. This means you can expect effective, in-depth psychotherapy that facilitates you to shift towards where you want to be. 

What you can expect from your first session:

We would arrange an initial free-of charge discussion where I will answer your questions about my approach and what's involved in starting inner work.

If it seems that coaching, psychotherapy or counselling is a good way forwards, we'd arrange one or two assessment sessions during which we'll talk about what's led you to seek therapy. We would discuss in these sessions how we may work together. You'll also get a sense of whether or not you feel comfortable enough to begin ongoing work with me. In these initial few sessions, we'd discuss together such things as fees, frequency of meetings, and the working approach we will start with. In these sessions there's plenty of time for me to hear and understand what matters most to you. 

My style of working 

I am told I am warm, grounded, curious and intuitive and that people feel safe to open up with me to depths that surprise them. I am willing to share aspects of my self and my own healing journey, if it feels right for us both that I do so. For many people it can reduce the sense of 'power imbalance' to feel that our psychotherapist is also a human being on their own journey of facing challenge and making positive changes.

I can be quite passionate and directive at times and I've been told that that my clients feel that I genuinely care about them. I check with my clients regularly and pro-actively to make it easy for them to tell me what's working for them and what isn't. Our conversations are likely to be rich and deep and I am told I am a deep listener.

To support your work I may use techniques of compassionate inquiry, shadow work creative techniques, dreamwork and parts therapy. Sometimes no 'technique' is needed: compassionate, respectful conversation gives you the breathing space to explore things and people often find that even if nothing has changed in the situation, they feel much lighter and more motivated and capable. I've often been told that often my clients experience changes they could not have imagined on arriving, and that the process was more gentle, fun and surprising than they had expected!

The first step

Please get in touch by phone or email for an initial discussion, when I'll explain the first steps and you can ask any questions you might have about the important decision to start psychotherapy. There's no charge for this initial meeting. I look forward to hearing from you - wherever you are in the process. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I've been a psychotherapist, tutor, clinical supervisor and workshop facilitator since 2012. I've worked in NHS, corporate and trade union environments and my private psychotherapy practice has been full and busy for a decade. 

  • Shadow Work Coach - certified 2018
  • Deep Democracy Basic Training 2018
  • MSc in Psychotherapy - Newman University - 2015 "An autoethnographic study of the experience of uncertainty in psychotherapy"
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy - Northern Guild - 2015
  • Diploma Clinical Supervision - Northern Guild 2015 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Newman University 2013
  • Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Northern Guild - 2012 

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Psychedelic integration therapy - supporting those who wish to make sense of psychedelic or other peak experiences. 

Leadership development coaching. 

I draw on techniques from Cliff Barry's ShadowWorkTM and use sand tray to support deeper exploration and healing. 


From £70.00 to £80.00

Additional information

Our first discussion is free of charge and is a chance for me to answer your questions about me and the process of committing to a course of psychotherapy. I don't charge for this meeting, as it is not psychotherapy as such. This may be in person, on the phone or online and may last for 50 minutes and often lasts for less time than this. 

In the initial few sessions we will discuss and negotiate fees together, so that the fee agreed is sustainable. This can also be discussed at any time.

When I work

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As of May 2022 I do not have any availability: I do have a waiting list. Please feel free to contact me in any event. 

Further information

My life experiences have brought me to this work. My first training was as a geneticist - I completed my PhD in 2006 at the Institute of Cancer Research and went on to train as a patent attorney in biotechnology and medical technology. When I developed binge eating disorder and began a journey of recovery,  I changed my priorities, career and way of living. I have come to view my eating disorder as a symptom of a spiritual awakening.

I am especially interested in working with people who may be going through the difficult process of transformational crises or spiritual awakenings - sometimes labelled 'burnout, depression or anxiety' without any further exploration. In connection with this area I also have a special interest in psychedelic integration work and the current clinical research in this area. I am a member of the Institute for Psychedelic Therapy https://instituteofpsychedelictherapy.org/psychedelic-integration-database/

I think that in an ever-changing and complex global environment, social activism has a role in the field of psychotherapy. Although current injuries are preventing me, I am a volunteer on the Crisis Homelessness Allotment Project in Newcastle and in the process of developing PhD research into transformation and crisis. My hope is that by helping people to heal as individuals, compassionate psychotherapy can make a contribution to social and collective change. 

I look forward to meeting with you. 

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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I offer online, email and phone therapy. This can be of great value for many people

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In person

I've been supervising psychotherapists since 2013 and I love this work. I'm told that I am compassionate, direct and knowledgeable.

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