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Young People&Adults- Anxiety, low mood&depression (NCS Acc)

About me

If you or someone you know, are trying to live with low mood, social anxiety, isolation, loss or neuro diversity (dyslexia & dyspraxia), I have 15 years of experience and training in helping clients with these issues.

I also work with clients struggling with bereavement and lives impacted by  attachment issues.

I offer a nurturing environment where you are treated as an individual, with kindness and active listening. I offer face to face, zoom and telephone counselling with the addition of home visits when required.

Talking therapy is part of the support I offer, it can help you feel less isolated and able to think differently about what you are going through. I have seen clients confidence grow through sharing their experiences and feeling that they are listened to with empathy and understanding.

My motivation is for my clients to feel they can move forward in their lives, believing that they have the potential to reach their own aspirations in life. I have the therapeutic skills set to help enable you to be proactive in the choices you make in your life.

We all need a safe space to talk without judgement.  Building a trusting, professional relationship with my clients is embedded into my working practice at all times.

I bring a person centred approach to sessions, which means you will be actively listened to with empathy, honesty and a professional integrity using the NCS ethical framework. My therapeutic approach is diverse with other supporting skills in Gestalt, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).

If you want support to build your resilience and gain a deeper understanding of yourself in order for you to move forward in your life, please message or email me today.  

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CBT, Gestalt & PCT)
  • Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Counselling
  • Diploma in Foundation Bereavement Training (Cruse)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Open 2:1 Social Sciences: (Working with young people and their families, Understanding Social Change, Equality, Participation and Inclusion: Learning from Each Other, Personal Lives and Social Policy).
  • Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Awareness.
  • Safeguarding 
  • Attachment Training.

I work with a local charity as a therapeutic counsellor to young people from 11 to 25 years of age who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self harming, emotional, physical abuse, bereavement and loss of family support.

I also work with adults and young people as an independent counsellor, supporting clients with loss, anxiety, low confidence, emotional abuse and attachment issues.

My previous roles have included working within a fostering agency. I supported both the carers and families in care. I gained an understanding of the historical traumas, loss, emotional and abuse, that had been experienced by the families in care. Working with their vulnerability empowered me to help all my clients have a voice so that they can start making their own choices in life.

Prior to this, my experience has been working for 11 years as a pastoral and safeguarding manager within an educational setting. I believe when working with young people and their families, it is important to adopt a non judgmental approach. I have worked with students struggling with self harming, anxiety, school phobia, learning difficulties, brain trauma, physical disability, addiction, family breakdown, bullying and low mood.

I have worked as a telephone counsellor to Age UK clients. Working with vulnerable adults who were isolated with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, depression and historical traumas such as sexual, physical, emotional abuse and bereavement. Active listening skills, empathy and the ability to build trusting professional relationships by being present for my clients, was paramount. Each and every client was unique and very much valued by me for their own individual journeys.

On a personal front, I have experience of living with cancer and the sudden loss of 'normal' life and how impossible it can feel to move forward. I am acutely aware of how isolating any loss can be, whether through bereavement or an unexpected life event and the depths of despair it can take you to. Through my own experience and professional knowledge, I offer empathy and therapeutic support for anyone wishing to move forward with their lives.

As well as my diverse life/work experiences, I offer all of my clients kindness, understanding and a safe haven in a very fast moving world.

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£35.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Cost of each session £35 (Initial 30 minute telephone/zoom consultation free).


Concessionary Charges with further discussion.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I can accommodate changing work shift patterns. I can offer fortnightly and monthly sessions. Please contact me.

Further information

I am flexible in my approach to booked sessions so if you feel you cannot fit into the schedule detailed above please contact me so that I can see if I have alternative times.

Last minute bookings can be arranged depending on availability.  I am a believer in proactive measures to promote life balance.

Paignton, Devon, TQ4

Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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