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About me

I aim to provide an empathic and non-judgemental counselling space where you can feel free to discuss whatever is troubling you. Counselling offers the opportunity to be heard, and it can also help us to see problems from a different perspective and to begin finding ways of integrating difficult feelings and experiences. In doing so, we can live with greater authenticity. I work with an integrative approach which is client centred and adopts different ways of working according to your needs. In this way, the therapeutic relationship becomes more important than any particular theory of counselling.

I have worked in the NHS and in teaching and I am interested in work related issues such as stress and the pressures of the work environment. Working in different fields and changing roles has given me insights into the challenges of work and career change. Having lived and worked in various parts of the world, including Sudan, Egypt and Japan, I am interested in our relationship with our own and other cultures, and how we find meaning and a place in the world as an outsider.

As well as my own practice I work in the NHS  counselling service.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the BACP. Alongside private practice, I work in short term counselling with NHS clients.

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

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

Identity, finding meaning, finding a place in the world, life narrative & story, existential questions.

Further information

I charge from £40- £60 per session, according to your ability to pay.

Type of session

In person