About me

It takes courage to seek help. I know. I’ve been there. I also believe that life is too short to continue suffering. Too short to be frozen by anxiety, troubled by low self-esteem, haunted by past pain…or any other issue that’s holding you back. There’s a big difference between just existing and truly living your life. 

I am a warm, friendly and caring therapist keen to offer you a safe place for you to explore your feelings. I want to support you as you find ways to ease the pain you are in and begin to experience life with more freedom and choices. I work on understanding you as a whole person, getting to grips with what's really going on and working with you to find a better way forward. 

I know it can be hard to make that first contact. But the benefits of counselling can be huge! They include having a greater sense of calm and control in your life, better relationships with others, increased self-confidence, greater self-awareness, the easing of current or past pain.

I take counselling and mental health very seriously (in fact I’m a bit of a nerd and I’m constantly learning). But I like to think I don’t take myself too seriously. There’s no judgement here. Roaring with laughter can happen in a counselling room, just as swearing and crying can. All thoughts and emotions are welcome!

My work includes:

  • issues of anxiety and stress (e.g., general anxiety, overthinking, phobias, panic attacks, OCD)
  • low self-esteem (low self-confidence, self-criticism, loss of direction, a sense of feeling stuck, mid-life crisis)
  • trauma and abuse (childhood trauma or abuse, difficult past experiences, traumatic events)
  • working with neuro-atypical clients (Autism and ADHD)

In addition to my private work, I currently counsel clients for the NHS on a wide range of issues. 

It's so important that you feel comfortable with whoever you decide to work with, so having an initial conversation is a good way to decide if you might feel happy working with me. I offer a free twenty-minute telephone appointment so that we can talk about what you are struggling with and how I might help. 

To book an initial appointment, please email me using the contact form or call me on 07471 213 413.

You can also head over to my website where you can find out more www.silvacounselling.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Previous Experience

Counsellor at Oakleaf Enterprise in Guildford working with a wide range of clients, helping clients overcome severe difficulties and return to work. 

Counsellor with Care To Listen working with NHS clients on a wide range of issues. 


  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • NCFE  Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NCFE  Level 2 Counselling (Helping) Skills
  • NCFE  Level 1 Interpersonal Skills
  • BA and MA Degree in English Literature (with 1 year Psychology) St Andrews University

Online Training

  • 80 hour Online Counselling Course - CPCAB Accredited
  • Walk and talk Counselling Course - CPCAB Endorsed

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.


Additional information

My fees are:

​20 minute introductory consultation online/telephone only: Free 

50 minute weekly therapy appointment (online or in person): £50


Type of session

In person