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About me

About me.
I am an individual and couple counselor and psychotherapist. I work psycho-dynamically.This allows me to work in the here-and-now but also to keep an ear open to the past. I offer short and long term counselling and therapy. I have much experience of working with clients from diverse backgrounds including the LGBT community. I feel I am on a good footing to reflect on equality and diversity and fear of difference.

I offer a therapeutic relationship which is a safe place, a place of holding and containing.
I believe the therapy relationship can be a resource with lasting impact. In my reading, my clients hold the power and have the answer to their life problems. In their emotional and creative enactments, I believe they possess the power to heal their psychological and emotional wounds. In my work the client has agency. I am aware the past can stand in the way of the newness of the present, patterns and repetitions clouding my clients view. Through the therapeutic relationship I hope to support my clients in their journey to integration.

Areas of Interest.
Typically, I work with individuals on issues such as stress, depression, relationship problems, trauma, fear of intimacy and sexual issues such as low desire. In couple's therapy I work with issues such as improving communication, talking about future plans, de-escalating arguments, domestic abuse and controlling behaviour. I have vast experience in the areas of shyness and shame. I believe psychotherapy should offer greater autonomy and freedom in our lives and our relationships. Ultimately, I believe the therapeutic relationship can offer you greater integration and creativity.

Training, qualifications & experience

Tavistock Relationships Post Graduate Diploma in Psycho-dynamic Counselling and Therapy for Individuals and Couples.

Salford University. Diploma in Counselling.

Certificates in Person-Centered Counselling, Psycho-dynamic Counselling and Group Analysis.

BACP Registered and Accredited

Member organisations


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have much experience working with the LGBT community both individually and with couples.


Additional information

Fee is on application and can be discussed with the client. I do not charge for cancellations but would like 24 hours notice if possible.

When I work

I am available Monday to Friday daytime and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Room 9, M - One Studios, 8 Lower Ormand Street, Manchester, M1 5QF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults