About me

All therapy appointments during the current Covid-19 pandemic are taking place remotely, via a number of online platforms.

I am a professionally qualified and highly experienced BACP Accredited Counselling Psychotherapist and an EMDR Europe Accredited Child, Adolescent and Adult Practitioner. My therapy practice is based in Didsbury, South Manchester.

Events, experiences or triggers can cause anxiety, depression and or relationship problems at some stage in our lives, making our everyday life very difficult. Unwanted memories, fear, trauma and habits we don't understand and cannot give up, can cause emotional turmoil. At these times we cannot make sense of life's puzzle, since none of the pieces are obvious to us in that moment. Counselling can help put some of those pieces together, helping us to see the whys and the wherefore. It can eventually help us to see a clearer picture, working towards positive change and understanding.

My areas of expertise include; trauma and abuse, eating disorders, attachment difficulties, relationships, anxiety and depression, loss and bereavement and self-harm. I also have an interest in psychosomatic illness, on how the emotions can affect your body.

In addition, I provide Critical Incident Stress Management Interventions (CISM) to local and national organisations.

Working with children and adolescents

I work with children and young people aged 5 to 17 who may be experiencing emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties associated with any of the following:

  • loss and bereavement
  • parental separation and divorce
  • bullying, low self-esteem
  • anxiety and stress
  • eating disorders
  • trauma
  • abuse or neglect

Children and adolescents usually use play and art making as a way to express themselves and to work through worries and concerns. This can:

  • promote emotional and social well-being
  • build self-esteem and confidence
  • explore difficult feelings in a safe space
  • encourage self-expression
  • improve communication and relationships
  • encourage greater social awareness
  • develop boundaries
  • relationships and trust
  • explore body awareness and personal space

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 17 years post qualifying experience of working as a therapist with children, adolescents and adults both in Manchester and in London at various well known treatment facilities.

My main training is psychodynamic and attachment based, which is based on the idea that our patterns of relating to ourselves and others are formed in the earliest years of our life. As such, I aim to help clients identify the emotional core of the difficulty they are experiencing so that we can work to resolve it in the present. In addition, I have undertaken specialist training to work with children and adolescents and am highly experienced in engaging youngsters. I am also trained in a variety of specialist trauma treatments, including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and work with the full range of traumatic experience, including childhood abuse and sexual violence.

Please click on the following short animated video to learn more about EMDR and the working memory:

I have been privileged to study at a number of centres of national and global excellence in counselling, and psychotherapy where I have undertaken the following trainings


  • EMDR Consultants Training
  • EMDR Treating Dissociative Disorders
  • Using EMDR Online with Children & Adolescents
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Group Crisis Interventions
  • EMDR Flash Technique
    Attachment and Co-Regulation in Therapy
  • EMDR Intergenerational Trauma & Working with Complex Trauma, Dissociation and Failures of Integration
  • When There Are No Words: Pre-Verbal Trauma and Ego States
  • EMDR Using Stories for Trauma and Attachment Resolution
  • EMDR Child & Adolescent Accredited Training with Susan Darker-Smith
  • EMDR Feeling State Addiction Protocol Training with Dr Robert Miller
  • EMDR Basics and Beyond workshop with Matt Wesson
  • EMDR Attachment-Focused Healing of Complex
    Trauma Training with Dr Laurel Parnell
  • R-TEP & G-TEP EMDR Trauma Response Training with Elan Shapiro
  • EMDR Practitioner Training - Levels 1-3 with Michael Patterson
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Work with Children & Adolescents
  • Trauma Focused CBT for Children and Young People with PTSD
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • MSc (Dist) in Attachment, Trauma and Loss
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Trauma and Dissociation
  • Trauma and Dissociation in Children
  • EMDR and Trauma
  • Trauma and Mindfulness: Effective Interventions
  • PTSD + Complex PTSD from an Attachment Perspective
  • Certificate in Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice
  • Concepts and Skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Integrating CBT into Practice

I am committed to my ongoing professional development and attend regular conferences, workshops and training. I have regular consultations with other practitioners each month to remain fully abreast of current issues.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva

Additional information


All therapy appointments during the current Covid-19 pandemic are taking place remotely, via a number of online platforms.

Further information

I offer a safe, warm and welcoming confidential space for you to talk openly and freely about any issues which may be causing distress. Whether it's relationship or family issues, anxiety, depression, affairs and betrayals, low self-esteem or any other issue, acknowledging that you may need to discuss difficulties can be a very daunting task, and taking the first step to contacting someone is a brave step on a journey that can ultimately provide much relief and be very rewarding.

You can call me on 07779 795681 or email me. I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

All communications are confidential.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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