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MBACP (Snr.Accred.)

About me

The counselling that I offer is aimed at helping you to cope at a difficult time in your life.  I provide a safe and confidential service in which you are supported in addressing your particular issues openly and honestly, whatever their nature  -  for example stress, depression, anxiety, loss or relationship difficulties.  We will work together on gaining insight into your problems and exploring how you would like things to be different.  Counselling is not about handing over responsibility for your life, but rather about being helped to regain your confidence and motivation, and to utilise your own resources.

I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I work with individuals.

I am also a qualified and accredited supervisor of counsellors.

Training, qualifications & experience

1999  Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling  -  University of East Anglia
2003  Advanced Certificate in Counselling Supervision  -  University of East Anglia
2002  Accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist  -  BACP
2002  Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  -  Centre for Stress Management
2002  Person Centred Approach to Couples Counselling  -  Metanoia Institute
2005  Certificate in Coaching  -  Centre for Coaching
2008  Accreditation as a Counselling Supervisor  -  BACP

Since 1998 I have been practising as a counsellor in a variety of settings: private practice, Primary Care, counselling agencies and student counselling services.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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


£40.00 per session

Additional information

£40 per 50-minute session for individuals. Reduced fees may be negotiated for short-term work.

£44 per hour for supervision

When I work

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Further information

Counselling sessions are held in a quiet, private room in Natland, just outside Kendal.  It is easily accessible by car, with plenty of parking and disabled access.

Kendal, Cumbria, LA9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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In person

I am a Person-Centred counsellor and supervisor, whose approach is based on the principles and ‘way of being’ described by Carl Rogers.

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