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About me

Hello - my name is Sinead and I am a qualified counsellor.

There are many reasons that you might feel drawn to try counselling. It can be because something specific has happened in your life, such as the death of a loved one or another major life event. Maybe you are struggling to see a way forward. Perhaps you feel ‘stuck’ or are unable to find meaning in your life. Sometimes talking to a friend about it just isn’t enough or isn’t even an option. In a counselling relationship, you won’t be judged; I won’t tell you what I would do and I won’t tell anybody else what you have told me.

My core approach to counselling is person-centred. I believe that every individual has the resources within themselves to live a meaningful and happy life, and to enjoy safe and secure relationships. Above all, I aim to listen and to be kind without offering judgement.

You are the focus of the counselling process. You decide what to bring to the sessions, and what happens during the sessions. I do not offer you advice nor do I tell you what to do or how to do it. I see my role as offering a safe, trusting and accepting space to explore your feelings, difficulties and emotions, allowing you to gain a better understanding of yourself and what you would like from your life and relationships. I will be right there at your side as you go through this process.

We will meet at a pre-arranged time each week. It is better to try to keep this time the same each week if possible. The sessions will last for 50 minutes. You will choose what to bring to the sessions each week, and the sessions will move at your pace. I will ‘check in’ with you regularly to see how you are finding the sessions, and if the process is meeting your expectations. We will review together the progress you are making, and how long you want to the counselling to continue.

Confidentiality is really important. What we talk about in the counselling room stays in the counselling room. There are some exceptions to this principle, and I will go through these with you when we first meet.

I am able to offer face to face sessions at The Life House Therapy Centre in Southchurch Village, over the telephone or on-line via Zoom. You decide what suits you best.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I started out by obtaining a Level 2 and then a Level 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • I now hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and my core modality is Person Centred
  • I have a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
  • I have completed the CRUSE training programme in offering Bereavement Support
  • I have a Level 2 Certificate from APT in Essentials of CBT
  • I have completed training in Telephone and On-line Counselling
  • I have attended training through my work with Frontline 19 in Trauma and PTSD
  • I currently volunteer with CRUSE, Frontline 19, Safer Places (Survivors of Domestic Abuse) and Trust Links (a charity for Carers)

Before qualifying as a Counsellor I worked as a Solicitor specialising in Family Law. Consequently, I have an interest in working with individuals going though, or having come through, the often stressful experience of relationship breakdown.

I have worked with a wide variety of clients through many voluntary agencies including: Place2Be (primary aged children), CRUSE (the bereaved), Safer Steps (survivors of domestic abuse), Trust Links (carers) and Frontline 19 (Healthcare workers).

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

My fees are £45 an hour, with a free initial consultation. Payments can be made in advance of sessions, with discounts offered for block bookings,  by visiting my website

When I work

I aim to be flexible, so it is best to contact me directly to see what we can arrange together.

745B Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2PP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

There are 4 steps leading to the doorway of my therapy room. I would be happy to help you with these if required.