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About me

As a professional Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Psychologist I have a wide range of experience in helping people cope in difficult times and to improve  their lives. I offer empathetic help and systematic support with anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, family and relationships.

Face-to-face appointments for individuals and couples are available now. Email me at to make an appointment.

 Positive changes are possible, just begin to work through your issues with honesty and trust. You might surprise yourself with how much resilience and strength you discover within yourself. As a therapist I can help you to begin seeing things realistically, setting more achievable goals, to understand your anxiety and learn to deal with it, to improve your mood and lead a more enjoyable, fulfilling life.

I specialise in working with childhood trauma, anxiety, stress and depression. I work with self-devaluation, helping you improve your self-esteem and feel more comfortable with yourself. I work with identity issues set by disfiguring conditions and other traumatic events. I'm proud to support parents of disabled children, and people affected by Alopecia.

Beginning therapy often feels daunting and full of uncertainties. It is normal to feel anxious in the first session. Some people feel numb or don't know what to talk about. This is also normal. I'll help you to feel comfortable and relaxed. The session time and space belong to you. We can discuss any questions that you feel relevant.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Degree in Biology (grad. 1994) and Psychology (grad.2003), Irkutsk State University
  • Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT) training by Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Time Focused Therapy, by K. Phoenix, CPD Certificate
  • Resilience in The Face of Trauma, by Prof. M. Lahad, CPD Certificate
  • Trauma Training, by the Wilbury Clinic, CPD Certificate
  • PTSD Counselling, by OPLEX CAREERS, Level 3 Award
  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
  • Accredited and listed member of The Foundation for Infant Loss
  • Listed counsellor at Cult Escape
  • Online Therapy Institute training: Moving Your Practice Online
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice, by Carolyne Spring, CPD Certificate
  • Child Sexual Abuse, by Carolyne Spring, CPD Certificate
  • Registered member of BACP, Reg. Number 37466

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Alopecia, pregnancy and infant loss, couples counselling

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From £45.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students

Additional information

Each individual session is 50-minutes long and is charged at £45, payable in cash at the beginning of the session, or by a bank transfer prior to the session. Couples counselling session is 75-minutes long (1 hour and 15 minutes) and is charged at £60. The same terms apply.

Please call me for a free initial telephone consultation.

If you experience financial difficulties, the fee may be negotiated depending on your income.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday, 9am till 8pm

Further information

Ample free street parking is available.

Chichester, West Sussex, PO19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Free ample street parking is available.

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