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About me

Sometimes when we feel like our world has turned upside down, changed in the blink of an eye, we can experience overwhelming feelings of sadness, lonliness, anger, guilt, relief, numbness, worthlessness, helplessness or emptiness.  Perhaps you are feeling really low, or anxious thoughts are spiralling out of control.  Maybe you really want to talk but you are frightened of burdening friends or family with how you are feeling.  Maybe they are hurting too and you don't want to add to it.

It’s OK not to be OK.  We all need to take some time to repair, rethink and heal from time to time. You might wish that you could be more compassionate and patient with yourself. Maybe you want to stop pushing other people away.   It could be that you are just tired of wrestling with this on your own and are fed up of being frightened of losing everyone around you or being rejected.

Loss and change can come in so many forms, for example, bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship break up or family issues, moving home, a new job, becoming a parent, illness or poor health, depression and anxiety, or loss of identity to name a few.

Life is very different for all of us right now, with Covid-19, lock down, self- isolation and navigating our new 'normal'.  Whilst on the surface it may seem like everyone is weathering the same storm, the reality is that each of us has a unique experience, our reactions and the impact will be very different.

I would value the opportunity to work with you to help you find your way through the loss, bereavement or change that you have experienced.  Helping you to recognise yourself again, gain control of your overwhelming emotions, discover what gives you purpose and how to get more of this in your life.

I will really listen to you, ask you questions and understand what life is really like for you.  My approach is influenced by Person Centred Counselling, Internal Family Systems, Compassion Focused Therapy. Solution Focused Therapy, Breathwork and Creative Arts Therapy; essentially, I’m influenced by you, we work at your pace and in a way that is right for you.

I work daytimes and evenings which gives flexibility and means that I am available at times that suit you best.    You are welcome to book an initial meeting with me to see if I am right counsellor for you, to explore how I can help and to ask any questions that you might have.

I work online (via Webcam), by phone and in person at my room near Chorley, I am closely following the Government guidelines, including socially distancing (2 meters), hand sanitiser, regular cleaning (I will send you full details on the steps I am taking when you enquire with me).

My room is easily accessible, close to Leyland, Chorley, Preston, Wigan, Bolton and surrounding areas.  Free parking is available on site.

Sound good?  Contact me in whatever way feels most comfortable for you (or least daunting!), phone, email, text or complete the enquiry form to make your first appointment or ask any questions you might have.

Training, qualifications & experience


I have worked with a range of community and school counselling services as well as within private practice, providing counselling for adults, children / young people (4+) and couples / those in relationships.  I have experience and additional training to work online (via webcam and by phone).


I am a qualified and registered counsellor.

  • BSc (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • PG Cert in Clinical Supervision (University of Derby)
  • Certificate in Online Counselling (webcam & voice only)
  • Psychotherapy training with Nick Duffel working with Boarding School Survivors
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children

I regularly attend training days, read articles & books, listen to podcasts and watch documentaries to keep my knowledge and skills fresh and up to date.


Registered member of BACP – British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


The Foundation for Infant Loss

Member organisations


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.


The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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

  • Boarding School Separation and Boarding School Syndrome
  • Baby loss (stillbirth and neonatal death)
  • Retirement
  • Identity loss - who am I?
  • Relationship Breakdown

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From £75.00 to £95.00

Additional information

Sessions are for a full 60 minutes and would usually take place once a week, however, I can work flexibly depending on your needs and circumstances.

1:1 (In person or online) - £75 (60 minutes)

Couples / Relationship (In person or online) - £95 (60 minutes)

Payment can be made in advance via the pay button on your confirmation email.    

When I work

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Further information

DBS: I am enhanced DBS Checked

Insurance: I hold relevant and up to date Professional Indemnity Insurance through Holistic Insurance Services

Data Protection: I am fully compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR.  I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (Reference Number ZA528855).

Reception Building, East Terrace, Off Euxton Lane, Euxton, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 6TE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Ground floor room, fully accessible.

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In person

I provide supervision in a compassionate, collaborative, supportive environment in person (near Chorley) or online.

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