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About me

Are you experiencing relationship difficulties, stress at work, feelings of anxiety or depression; do problems sometimes feel overwhelming or you've noticed you make the same mistakes again and again...

I believe therapy can help to increase our understanding of ourselves, our thoughts and feelings so that we are more able to make healthy decisions, be aware of our options in life, work and relationships so that we are able to be true to ourselves in living a happier, healthier life.

I provide safe, confidential, non-judgemental therapy in partnership with clients; working together within the therapeutic relationship to achieve an agreed outcome or goal.

As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I work within a Person Centred framework using a combination of different approaches, skills and techniques dependant on individual need.

Due to Covid 19 I am unable to provide face to face therapy in safe, friendly, confidential and comfortable environments. However, I am able to offer face to face therapy using an online platform or telephone therapy.

I offer both long and short term therapy.

I have worked in the NHS in a variety of roles for many years.

My work as a Psychotherapist has been in private practice as well as the NHS Adult Mental Health Services in Primary Care settings and more recently, 5 years within IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy).

I am an accredited EMDR Practitioner  . EMDR is a very effective modality in the treatment of trauma from single event eg : car crash to  the treatment  or something which causes you distress  and in the treatment of physical/sexual abuse - PTSD/Complex PTSD   (Recommended in NICE Guidelines)

It has many uses eg anxiety, phobias and performance anxiety as well as  Attachment Focussed issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in TA Transactional Analysis 101.
  • Certificate in Supervision
  • EMDR Practitioner
  • Attachment Focussed EMDR                                                                   
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Certified Midwife
  • Health Visitor Certificate
  • Certificate in Abortion Care
  • ENB Family Planning in Society
  • Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections.

My background is one of working in the NHS in a variety of roles over many years as well as in private practice which has given me insight into the stresses and common mental health problems that may present and how to manage them in a healthy way.

I am an accredited member of the UKCP ;

a member of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College

Accredited member of EMDR Europe,UK & Ireland.

I abide by and work within the boundaries of the Ethical Principals and Code of Professional Conduct and the Complaints and Conduct Process of the UKCP  as well as  EMDR, UK & Europe.

  • I have current professional indemnity insurance.
  • I am a BUPA recognised therapist
  • EAP therapist

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy


Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

£65.00 per hour for Psychotherapy.
£80.00 per hour for EMDR.

When I work

daytime or evening.

Further information

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. It is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped millions of people and is now recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of past traumas allowing you to live more fully in the present. It is not an appropriate therapy for everyone and therefore an initial consultation is required re suitability.

During treatment you will remain in control, fully alert and wide awake. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, new connections, insights happen naturally from within; the therapist supports and facilitates your own self healing.

The sessions can be 60-90 minutes.

In addition to its use for treating PTSD it has been successfully used to treat: anxiety and panic attacks, depression, stress, phobias, complicated grief, self esteem, performance anxiety as well as Attachment Focussed issues.

Kelso, Scottish Borders, TD5

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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