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BA (Hons), MBACP (Accred)

About me

The fact that you’re reading this probably means that you are considering whether counselling could help you. I know from experience that it takes courage to take that first step and reach out to someone.

I work with you as an individual, and together we can identify and understand the areas to look at more closely, whether they are present concerns or from the past. I can help you make healthier choices, feel better about yourself, or take back control of your life. I am passionate about my work believe that the relationship between client and counsellor is at the heart of the counselling process; and I can offer a safe environment where you can explore these concerns in your own time.

I believe every person has the potential to unlock their own resources and find inner strength and the solutions to their own concerns. We just sometimes need help finding the right key.

Being a counsellor is not just about what you read in books and what training you have, although these are undeniably important; but that it is about life experience.

All kinds of people from all walks of life experience things they didn't necessarily plan for. Sometimes people feel unable to talk to friends or family for fear of judgment or what the impact may be to others.

I work from home in Leigh on Sea, both face to face and via Zoom.  I am located close to main bus routes and with parking nearby .

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) in counselling (First Class)
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling (Distinction)
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • BACP Accreditation
  • ACTO member for Online Counselling (Online Therapy Institute)
  • Mental Health Training (1) (Mind)
  • Mental Health Training (2) (Mind)
  • Psychological Trauma training (Mind)
  • Introduction to Psychological Trauma (Mind)
  • Psychological Trauma for Counsellors (Mind)
  • Managing Anxiety (Mind)
  • Suicide Awareness (Mind)
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Moving your Practice Online training
  • Certified Cyber Therapist
  • I have trained with Place2Be working in placement in Tower Hamlets
  • I have volunteered for 18 months with Changing Pathways (formerly Basildon Women's Aid), and 3 years with South East & Central Essex Mind
  • I have 20 years' experience of working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • As well as my own private practice I am a staff counsellor with HARP (Southend's Homeless Charity).

I am an Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and as such work I meet their higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner working within their ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy ( undertaking regular supervision and CPD.

I am also an Accredited Professional in Infant Loss (The Foundation for Infant Loss) and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

£50 payable cash or bank transfer, concessions are sometimes available, please ask.

When I work

I am available for online or telephone counselling - please enquire as to what is mutually convenient.

Further information

So what to expect?

Firstly, I do know it feels scary, or even weird.  This is a perfectly normal reaction.

In the first session I will carry out a brief assessment during which I hope to establish some general information about you.  During this time we can also hopefully begin to get a feel for how working together will feel.

What happens next is individual to each client.  Some can't wait to get started whereas some take longer.  Both are fine and so is anything inbetween.

I work in my own home so the number of sessions is totally up to you.  You may want 4 sessions, 40 or 400.  I have the flexibility to work with your needs.

Leigh On Sea, Essex, SS9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online counselling needs internet access and webcam

Online platforms



In person

I can tailor my approach to suit my supervisees' needs, but based on Shohet & Hawkins, Procter & Inskipp.

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