About me

How can couples counselling help you?

When you feel as if you are constantly going through difficult times, perhaps you feel as if you have drifted apart and you feel sad and lonely in your relationship, couple counselling offers a safe haven for you to explore and share your frustrations and fears, needs and longings in a way that is truly and deeply felt. This draws your partner closer and so you are able to go right to the heart of issues.   Relationships thrive on both partners feeling emotionally safe and secure.

As an emotionally focused therapist specialising in couples counselling, I have the knowledge, skills and experience and am wholeheartedly committed to supporting you through this journey of discovering yourself, your partner and your relationship. I am dedicated to supporting all partnerships irrespective of gender, race and orientation. My goal is to heal and transform relationships by developing personal and emotional well-being as well as helping create emotional and physical closeness.

Our working relationship together is managed with warmth, respect and sensitivity and is strictly confidential.

A qualified Integrative Therapist and BACP registered counsellor; I have also been formally trained as a certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist (EFT – visit www.iceeft.com for more information). This thoroughly researched approach to therapy for couples focuses on creating and strengthening emotional bonds between partners by accessing emotions and mutually experiencing sincere, heartfelt conversations that transform adult loving relationships.

My therapeutic approach is derived from an integrative model, using elements of Person-centred and Psychodynamic, while specialising in Emotionally Focused Therapy. My objective is to provide a warm, non judgemental and collaborative partnership, offering a safe compassionate space to explore and share your thoughts and feelings so that you experience understanding of yourself and your partner, creating connection and strengthening your relationship.

I work with couples in private practice and for a national charitable organisation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional memberships

  • Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, ICEFFT.
  • Member of British Emotionally Focused Therapy, BEFT.
  • Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP.
  • Member of ICEEFT
  • Counselling qualifications
  • ICEEFT Certified Couples Counsellor
  • Diploma Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Certificate Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Certificate in Relationship Counselling Marriage Care.
  • Advanced Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (see www.iceeft.com)


Additional information

Fees are payable at the beginning of each session.

Initial consultation £20. Each session thereafter is £75 for couples. Extended sessions £112.50.


Weekday and early evening appointments available

West Street Counselling & Psycotherapy Centre
11 West Street
PO16 0BG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Thelma Ellison

Thelma Ellison