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Counselling And Psychotherapy For Children And Adults

About me

My practice is based in Dorking, Surrey

I  work with both adults and children

I am a warm, empathic counsellor who offers a safe supportive space to adults and children, where you can explore any worries or difficulties in total confidence. We all struggle at times and counselling offers you a chance to be listened to, to make sense of your feelings and understand different parts of yourself. I believe that the relationship between the counsellor and client is the most important part of therapy, and I create a non judgemental, caring environment where trust and mutual respect can be built working together side by side.

I work with children from 5+ using creative techniques such as sand play, drawings and symbols. Presenting issues I often see include anxiety,  bereavement, anger management, friendship issues, bullying, destructive behaviour at school, ADHD, autistic traits, relationship issues, low self esteem, depression and separation anxiety.

In my work with adults I work with many presenting issues, such as generalised anxiety disorder, low self esteem, anger management, bereavement, loneliness, trauma, depression, low self confidence, relationship issues and abuse.

People seek counselling for many different reasons:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression
  • Feeling sad
  • Family issues
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Low Self esteem
  • Child related issues
  • Low self-confidence
  • Stress
  • Emotional abuse
  • Attachment disorder in children
  • Depress and anxiety in children
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma
  • Loneliness
  • Physical abuse

I can help. I have worked with hundred of people just like you. We all struggle at times, so please do get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as private practice, I currently work in two primary schools, and have many years experience working with children. I also work with cancer patients and carers at They Royal Surrey Hospital and help run a Child Bereavement Group.

I have an Integrative degree (Distinction) in Counselling, NCFE Levels 1-3 in Counselling Skills and Level 4 Counselling with Children Diploma.

I am registered member of the BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work in line with their ethical framework.

I regularly attended courses to build on my knowledge and keep up to date, some of these include:

Working Creatively with Anxiety

ISC Trauma and Loss

Working with Sandtray

Developing Minds Neuroscience

Cancer Awareness

Safeguarding Training

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


Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer 50 minute sessions at £70 per hour

I offer concessions to students

When I work

Daytime and evening

The Atrium, 4 Curtis Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1XA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages