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BA (Hons), MBACP (Accred)

About me

When life’s circumstances, relationships and demands become challenging or overwhelming it may help people to talk about their feelings, think about their choices or behaviour, and make positive changes in their lives. My role is to help facilitate this process.

As an experienced counsellor, I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for people to reflect on the difficulties they face. It may be something underlying that has been carried for a long time and hasn’t been explored and understood or something that may be current and acute. It could be anything that is distressing or negatively affecting your life and may benefit from one-to-one sessions with an independent and professional therapist.

Therapeutic work can give us a better understanding of self and others to help identify the causes of feelings, choices and behaviours in order to move forward and regain control. I have seen this through working with diverse issues ranging from relationship difficulties, abuse, bereavement, anxiety and depression, to eating disorders, self-harm and trauma.

I have a particular interest in the manifestation of trauma, stress and anxiety within the body. The link between pressures on our minds and the aches, pains, panic attacks, or sleepless nights we may subsequently experience. This interest has led me to offer “Energy Psychotherapy” as a supplementary therapeutic method for clients as appropriate.

“Energy Psychotherapy” is becoming recognised as a way of helping you to work with your own body and mind. It is thought to enable the release of strong emotions and negative energy in a gentle and non-intrusive way, supporting the realignment of your internal energy system, and is especially useful when disturbing thoughts and emotions are interfering with daily life.

I have served as a counsellor for many years.  I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My work adheres to the ethical codes of practice of BACP and is subject to continuous professional training and development.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Course in Energy Psychotherapy (Converging Streams)
  • Post Graduate Associate Award (Gloucestershire Counselling Service)
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
  • Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling (University West of England)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of Gloucestershire)
  • BA (Hons) (University of Northumbria Newcastle)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

You many feel stuck or you may be in a process of change in your life, for instance, becoming a parent, changing employment or approaching retirement. A period of counselling can help people to process changes and move forward in a more focussed way.


Additional information

I charge £40 for a 50 minute session.

Some energy sessions may require more time, a 90 minute session costs £70.

When I work

Day and evening appointments are available.

Further information

In our initial meetings you will be invited to express what has brought you to counselling and you will be able to gain an understanding of how counselling works. We will set a day and time to meet on a regular basis each week. Short term or open ended counselling is available according to need.

The premises are discreet and attractive, and within walking distance of Gloucester City centre.

Free parking is available for up to two hours.

5 Westgate House, Westgate Retail Park, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2RU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults