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MA, MBACP (Reg) - counselling and psychotherapy

About me

Depending on your needs and/or limitations during the COVID-pandemic, I offer face-to-face, online and phone counselling sessions.

At some stage in our lives we may all hit a low point or crisis. Depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, separation, bereavement, illness, relationship issues, work-related issues and other profound life challenges can leave us feeling sad, distraught, helpless or hopeless. Counselling can offer you confidential and safe space to talk. It supports you in developing ways to cope and improve things.

I am an experienced, qualified and BACP registered counsellor and work with a person-centred, integrative approach to meet your individual needs. I am also a professional member of ACTO, the Association for Online Counsellors and Therapists and ICO registered. I offer a free 30min 'getting-to-know' session where we can discuss what brings you to counselling and what you would like to get out of it. I will meet you with empathy, impartiality and without judgement and abide by the BACP and the ACTO Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I offer both short-term and long term work; day-time and evening appointments available. I work in private practice from modern, comfortable and easily accessible premises in West Worthing.

Choosing a fitting counsellor to work with can be daunting. Call or email me to arrange for an initial session to find out if you feel comfortable working with me. A 30-minute 'getting-to-know' session is free and without obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
  • MA in Cultural Studies
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy
  • Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (BACP compliant)
  • Training - working with psychiatric drugs (APPG & BACP)
  • UKATA - Transactional Analysis 101
  • Certificate in Systemic Coaching & Constellations
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Chichester
  • Certificate in Group Facilitation
  • Training with Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory
  • DBS checked & insured
  • ICO registered (no ZA700176)

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.


The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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

Taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs

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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Additional information

£50 per counselling session; an initial 30-min 'getting-to-know' session is free and without obligation.

When I work

daytime and evening

phone and Zoom counselling available

face-to-face sessions not available during lockdown

Further information

Easy access with public transport; 5 mins from West Worthing train station and bus 700 and Pulse on Mill Road

Free on-street parking

Worthing, West Sussex, BN11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Parking on premises possible. Almost level access with only one step up into the counselling room.

Additional languages

German (fluent speaker)

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