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MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor /experienced Supervisor

About me

I see individuals and couples face to face as well as FaceTime/WhatsApp counselling sessions which are an ideal way during these difficult times to access confidential, professional and emotional support.

I am a warm and non judgemental BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Therapist with over 35 years experience. I offer a free pre arranged 15 minute telephone consultation during which you can ask me any questions you have in order to help decide whether you want to book an initial face to face session. I offer both short-term counselling and longer term open ended therapy where I can offer you a safe and confidential space to explore whatever may be troubling you.

For many people life at times seems difficult, making us feel anxious and confused. Counselling can help to unravel past experiences which may have negatively contributed to how we manage our lives now. Earlier learned patterns of behaviour influence the way we see and relate to others and our ability to be happy and live life to the full. Counselling can help us to understand and change unhelpful ways of living our lives so we can become happier, less stressed and more confident about who we are.  

During our first face to face session, I will listen to what you want and together we will plan the best way forward. No problem is too big or too small and counselling/therapy can help to unravel and make sense of what is making you feel anxious, stressed, angry, confused or sad. 

I see individuals and couples for counselling/therapy as well as offering student and qualified counsellors Supervision near Sherborne.

For many years I have worked with students and staff at a University Counselling Service where I was Clinical Lead and also supervised student and associate counsellors on the Counselling Placement Scheme.

Relationships can be difficult to manage and sometimes it's not easy to know whether it is life's normal ups and downs that are causing things to go wrong or whether it is something more serious.   I can help you understand what is happening in your relationship and guide you whilst you work towards a more fulfilling life together. I can also help you to separate if this is the tight thing for you and support you whilst you manage the impact this may have on you and others who care about you.

It is useful for couples wishing to explore and work on their relationship to attend sessions together but not unusual for one of a couple to want to explore what is happening for them as an individual.

I am also a qualified supervisor and see individuals and groups - pre or post accreditation for supervision.

Parking at my address is available. 

Training, qualifications & experience


BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, accredited since 1997 and adhering to the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

Qualifications and training

Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling (Relate 1987)

Psychotherapy seminars, Tavistock Institute (1990-1992)

Groupwork course, Institute of Group Analysis (1991)

Divorce, Reconstituted Families and Sexual Abuse (Relate 1993/94)

Certificate in Supervision (Relate 1994)

BA (Hons) Counselling (2006)

Continuing Professional Development courses - to date.

With over 27 years experience in mental health and primary care settings as both a social work assistant and GP counsellor, I have worked with a diverse population and am committed to equal opportunities and respect for difference. I have worked in a senior position, counselling both students and staff within a university counselling service and in recent years serving as Clinical Lead to manage and run the service.

I have taught counselling at Certificate and Diploma level, facilitated personal development groups and worked with counselling students wishing to explore and understand themselves better as well as supervising trainee and qualified counsellors/therapists.

Having originally trained with Relate as a couple counsellor in 1984 and then as a Relate supervisor, I have long-standing couple counselling and supervision experience. My work with couples has resulted in enabling a greater level of insight into their difficulties and resulted in positive outcomes

I work with trainee and qualified couple therapist who see individuals and or couples and offer them individual or group supervision in my private rooms and in organisational settings.

Working as an EAP affiliate for many years I am experienced and skilled in providing time limited support. My early psychodynamic training underpins the work I do with people wishing to work for longer periods of time  and where perhaps early conflict or trauma still impacts on their daily lives.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Having worked with staff and students at a large University I have a great deal of experience of helping those who have work related difficulties suffering from anxiety or stress related issues as well as Under Graduate/Masters and PhD students who are unhappy.

Having set up a counselling service placement scheme I am skilled and experienced at supervising and supporting individuals or groups of counsellors with varying experience and working in different modalities post BACP accreditation as well as qualified counsellors and therapists.


Additional information

Fees and arrangements

The first step is for us to arrange an initial meeting where you will be able to ask further questions and we can each decide whether we feel it would be beneficial for you to undertake therapy sessions with me.

My fees per session are £50 for individuals and £65 for couples with concessions agreed according to individual circumstances.

Supervision for trainee therapists at £40 - and group fees negotiable.

When I work

I currently offer FaceTime/WhatsApp counselling sessions which are an ideal way during these difficult times to access confidential, professional and emotional support.

Further information

Contact me

Please contact me on 07811 024958 to discuss your requirements and if you would like to arrange an initial, no-obligation meeting. You can also email me at

Rose Cottage, Holwell, Sherborne, DT9 5LF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I have offered supervision for 17 years to trainee and qualified individual and couple counselling practitioners.

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