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BSc (Hons), MBACP (Accred).
Merthyr Tydfil CF47 & Cardiff CF10

About me

Having worked with a broad range of psychological difficulties, I know that the true importance of therapeutic work lies in being able to bring your unique experience and life history together with psychologically informed understandings of distress. In doing so we develop a unique and tailored approach to therapy.

Life can be hard, overwhelming, confusing and painful. Trying to understand and work through this alone is often a difficult and lonely task. Coming to therapy can offer you a space to untangle your experience, and an opportunity to make peace with yourself, your emotions and thoughts. 

I believe all therapy should be underpinned by an empathic, compassionate connection between therapist and client. In our work together we use the therapeutic relationship as our foundation. I will then draw on evidence based practices, and more creative methods to help inform how we understand the issues you bring and to decide how we will work together.  In doing so we will also appreciate you and your life story as individual and unique. Through this lens we can explore and work with the distress and concerns you have. 


With 10 years in the field of adult mental health I have a wide range of experience with common mental health issues such as feeling sad, being depression, feeling overwhelmed and having relationship difficulties. I have also specialised in areas such as; trauma, substance use issues and many types of anxiety including; OCD, generalised anxiety, Panic attacks, Social anxiety, Perfectionism and Specific phobias.

My own life history, personal experiences of therapy, and extensive professional training has led me to become a highly qualified passionate practitioner in the field. I have trained in a variety of therapeutic models. I work from an assimilative integrationist perspective with a range of therapies that fall under cognitive behavioural and relational psychodynamic approaches. From this position I view each client as embedded in their environment, personal relationships, and life history. I see myself as being able to work with individuals whilst holding these factors in mind, and being able bring knowledge of the processes we need to undertake in therapy. Together we hold the potential to side by side take the journey to your destination and onward.

I have worked as a therapist in the NHS for the past 6 years. In the Primary Care Mental Health Service I utilise a short term, solution focused model of therapy. This allows myself and my client to identify the underpinnings of their specific issue needing attention, and to work toward a related goal in around 6 - 12 sessions. My work in the Community mental health teams and specialist substance misuse services happens over longer term, usually 3 - 12 months. This can support the opportunity to engage with and work on painful recurring patterns in life, relationship issues, and difficult childhood experiences. Whilst working within a set amount of sessions can bring focus and containment for some, it can feel constraining for others. We will work with what's right for you to bring the change you seek in yourself and in your relationships with others. To support this, after some time together I will offer to write you a letter detailing how I understand you and the things you have shared. I will invite you to feedback anything you feel we need to add or change, and we can develop it further together if needed. The letter can help inform our direction in therapy and is both ours to work from and yours to keep.

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor and will be completing a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology this year, making me eligible for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist in September 2022

**I am passionate about working with underprivileged and disadvantaged individuals. I have helped inform services about the barriers individuals from deprived areas face in accessing NHS support, and have conducted doctoral research exploring how working class men experience mental health issues and stigma.

**I believe good therapy should be accessible to everyone. Therefore, I continue to work in the NHS where individuals can access free support. I have limited availability for private clients at this time, to increase my capacity for this I am currently offering online or telephone sessions only. I will hold a short wait list of no more than 3 weeks, if I am unable to support you at this time I will try my best to redirect you to another suitable practitioner or service.

Whether we work together or not I wish you all the best. Please don’t give up. You can find the peace you seek. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Professional Doctorate Counselling Psychology - 2022 Final year University West of England
  • Postgraduate Diploma Psychotherapeutic Studies -2020 University West of England
  • Postgraduate Cert Psychotherapeutic Studies - 2019 University West of England
  • BSc 1st Class Hons Psychology - 2016 University of South Wales
  • AQA Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - 2012 Ystrad Mynach College
  • AQA Certificate in Counselling Skills - 2011 Ystrad Mynach College

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Broad descriptions of distress may not capture your subjective experience. 

Please get in touch via email to arrange an initial session where we can think together about bringing some meaning and understanding to your concern. You can then decide if you would like to continue to work together.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • Individuals: £55 
  • Supervision sessions: £70 (1.5 hours)
  • Trainees: £45

Therapy should be accessible for all. I have a some spaces at a reduced rate for individuals on low incomes and can offer advice on engaging with NHS/third sector free and low cost support services. 

Payment can be made via Paypal or bank transfer prior to each session. 

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Further information

  • CBT for PTSD
  • Criterion A Psychology Services - 2020
  • How to do counselling online: A coronavirus primer
  • The Open University & BACP - 2020
  • Introduction to trauma and PTSD for counsellors and psychotherapists 
  • Sarah Butler (Bps and BACP accred.) - 2020
  • The language of anger: Building our understanding 
  • Bristol Relationships - 2020
  • Sexual Abuse and Substance Use 
  • New Pathways - 2020
  • ASIST Applied suicide intervention skills training 
  • Living works - 2020
  • Treating generalised anxiety and panic 
  • Mind Body Break Through - 2020  
  • Guided Self-help Low intensity CBT training 
  • PCMHSS/Dr Lisa Frankland - 2017
  • Compassion Focused Therapy 
  • Dr Mary Welford - 2017
  • Building Resilience with Vulnerable Clients 
  • Dr Christine Padesky - 2014

Merthyr Tydfil, CF47

Central Square, Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF10

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