You maybe finding life challenging in these difficult times and although you may often find ways to cope, some experiences can feel too overwhelming, or too painful, or you may be feeling lost and alone, not knowing what to do. It can be helpful to talk to someone who can explore your feelings with you, to help you to understand, make sense of them and find a way to move forward in your life.
I am an accredited member of the BACP, working for over 11 years in the NHS and in private practice, with adults and young people who are troubled by difficult emotions associated with depression, anxiety, bereavement, loss, or other issues such as low self-esteem and self-worth. When these feelings are not resolved, they can impact on your relationships, lead to problems with health, your capacity to work and they may interfere with everyday living. I can offer you compassion, empathy and acceptance in a confidential and safe space, where we can explore your feelings together for as long as it is helpful, to enable you to find some peace of mind about what you are experiencing.
My background working in health and education supports my counselling practice and I offer both short and long term counselling, adhering to the BACP Ethical Framework. The counselling relationship can be a place to build your resilience and your sense of self-worth. I can’t promise to solve your problems, but I can help you to explore them to see different perspectives and find your own ways to work through, accept and live with what is causing you your current distress, to feel relief from your troubling issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
State Registered Nurse 1981
BSc Psychology (Hons) 1984
MA in Education 2002
Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2010
MA in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2011
Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2019
Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships 2019
I have worked within the NHS for over 11 years where I offer IAPT Counselling for Depression. I work in private practice with adults and young people who experience bereavement, loss, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and health problems. I welcome clients from any and all backgrounds and offer an inclusive service to meet the needs of anyone seeking emotional support.
Having taught in Colleges of Further Education for 29 years, I continue to support students of counselling in training with their own personal development.
My nursing experience included working with patients and their families in intensive care and in an oncology unit, where I cared for patients with terminal illnesses. I also worked as a Nurse Practitioner delivering primary health care with General Practitioners for patients with physical and mental health needs.
The wide range of professional experiences, knowledge and skills which I have acquired enhances my ability to work with clients' diverse needs and to relate to the issues that they bring. I have regular supervision to support my work and use this, along with continuing training, to maintain and develop my counselling practice.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Individual face to face counselling: £45 per session.
Online and telephone counselling: £45 per session
Couples and Relationship Therapy : £70 per session
Some limited availability on weekday mornings, afternoons and Saturdays.