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About me

How we feel about ourselves and how we relate to others are pivotal elements to understanding our path through life. One of the hardest steps is to recognise that we don't have all the answers and to seek help in order to explore the meanings that we attach to things.

I aim to make this a safe and containing experience, where there is no teacher, no pupil, rather a collaborative journey which enables you to formulate different ways of thinking, as well as become aware of hidden meanings which may be influencing behaviour. Through the exploration, life can begin to be experienced in a conscious, rather than reactive way, which can in turn enable you to maintain healthy emotions and outlooks.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA (Hons) from Newcastle University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

As well as working in private practice I have also worked as a counsellor for many years in Her Majesty's Prison Service, at Cambridge University and at a Women's Centre. I am experienced in long-term psychodynamic work and also short term solution-focused therapy.

Member organisations


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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Menopause Issues


Additional information

£45 per session for individuals, £65 for couples. However I do offer some reduced fee sessions for low income clients - please feel free to enquire regarding this.

St Albans, Herts, AL1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults