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About me

I have been practising as a person-centred, and addictions counsellor for over a decade.  And more recently I was part of a group that founded a Dayhab in the I i I I returned in 2018 from working as an addictions therapist in rehabs in Bali, Thailand (2015) and Hong Kong (2015).  Previously to this, I spent two-and-a-half years working as a Primary Therapist in a well respected residential 12-Step rehab in the UK, where I had the opportunity to work with clients from all walks of life, who had been struggling with a variety of addictions, and the obsessive and compulsive behaviours associated with them (sexual compulsivity and pornography, alcohol, drugs, over/restricting eating, gambling and gaming).  I have been privileged to witness the transformation my clients' have achieved and thus I agree with, and work in line with, the World Health Organisation, who recognise that clients need an approach that includes education, therapy and a 12-Step program.

Through my personal journey in counselling, I have developed into a perceptive and empathic therapist.  My own life experiences have taught me to be non-judgemental and to celebrate the uniqueness of every client I have had the privilege of working with.  The tools I have picked up working with people experiencing a vast spectrum of emotional and psychological difficulties caused by life experiences, enables me to offer my clients the best conditions for therapeutic growth; supporting them to change and develop at their own pace.

I have gained much experience counselling clients on Zoom, and I have a private practice at the above address where I offer one-to-one counselling.  This is in a quiet location with plenty of free on-street parking.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a diploma in person-centred counselling and an ATSAC certificate in sex addiction.  I am also trained to facilitate the Hall Recovery Course for males presenting with sex addictions.  I have completed a CRUSE-based bereavement counselling course and an introduction to art therapy training and I hold a certificate in counselling supervision completed at the Metanoia Institute.  I also regularly attend ongoing professional development workshops.
I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice.

I have many years of experience in 12-step programs (Minnesota model).  I have also worked with groups of teenage males in a school setting, and have been a prison counsellor working with male inmates.  I have worked with CRUSE as a bereavement counsellor; and volunteered counselling teenagers at a youth counselling agency for several years. More recently I have been working in a private day-hab in Hong Kong.


Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Clients in 12-step programs.


Additional information

£50 for initial 50 min assessment session
£60 for 1 hour sessions thereafter

(reduction available to trainee counsellors).

When I work

Evenings and weekends.

Windsor, Berkshire, SL4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme