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About me

I am an integrative counsellor with years of experience in helping adults and young people to explore their difficulties. I practice within the BACP Ethical Framework and hold an enhanced DBS certificate. I mainly work online and in schools,  and I have limited availability for face-to-face appointments.  

How Counselling Can Help

It may be you have something specific you would like to talk about, or you may just generally want to feel better.  Perhaps you would like to gain some relief from the difficult symptoms caused by anxiety or depression.  Maybe you would like to make some changes in your life and would appreciate a confidential and non-judgemental space to explore your options.  Talking, finding new ways of coping, learning new skills, and gaining new perspectives can really help you to feel better.

How I Work

I work integratively, mainly using Person-Centred and CBT approaches, and this allows me to tailor the work to suit your needs.  Initially, my focus is on creating a strong, trusting relationship with you and I provide a confidential, non-judgemental space in which we can explore what brings you to counselling.

I offer a free of charge, twenty minute initial consultation to allow us to meet and get to know each other a little, and in particular, talk about what you would like to achieve.  This first session will be a chance for you to explore whether I am the right counsellor for you, and for me to explore how I can best help you.

I offer both long and short-term counselling and we can discuss what is most appropriate for you.  Some people have a limited budget for counselling and find that short-term work, particularly using some techniques from the CBT approach, can provide exactly what they need.  Other people would like to take more time and enjoy the process of more long-term work. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fully qualified and hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.  I am in the final stages of completing an additional Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I have worked in schools, counselling agencies, and private practice with young people from the age of twelve, and with adults experiencing a range of difficulties.  These include; depression or feeling sad, anxiety (including generalised and social), stress, trauma,  bereavement, relationship and family issues, abuse, suicidal thoughts and self-harm, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, panic attacks, and OCD.

I can help you to gain relief from symptoms and learn more about yourself and what you need.  I can teach you practical skills and techniques which will help you to manage better for the rest of your life; essentially learning to be your own therapist.

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


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I charge £50 per session and our initial 20 minute session is free of charge.

Horsham, West Sussex, RH13

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

DBS check

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