about me

I’m a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, following their ethical code to ensure standards and safety for clients.  I have also been DBS checked.  As part of the BACP ethical code, I take part in monthly supervision of my practice and continue to update my skills and knowledge to ensure high standards.  I gained my first counselling qualification in 1994, am qualified to Postgraduate Diploma level and continue to update my skills in areas I feel passionate about and which I feel will benefit clients, for example, I have a strong interest in helping clients affected by anxiety, stress and depression, I have a Certificate in Couples Counselling from training recognised by the BACP,  I attend courses on and read as much as I can on how to help those with autistic spectrum traits and those in relationships with them.  Additionally, I very much enjoy working with issues presented within the workplace. 


I provide a warm, non-judgemental, confidential space offering counselling where you are valued, can speak about anything at all and we can work together so you can reflect and  put new insights into practice. 

I am trained to use a Relational Therapeutic approach, where relationships are valued and considered highly important. This  means that we would be working very much together on the issues that bring you to counselling. I believe in taking into consideration several therapies to suit you to help you to find the strength you already have and develop in ways that empower you to maintain the improvement you gain via therapy. When working with you, I would be considering approaches including Person-centred, Transactional Analysis, CBT and Solution Focused Therapy. You are individual, so should your therapy be.

Why I became to be a counsellor

I became a counsellor after many years of supporting adults from a wide variety of backgrounds in a challenging educational setting. They found themselves in a difficult place and I enjoyed helping them to identify what they wanted from life and how to get there.  I could see that, if people had the opportunity to spend time with a non-judgemental person in a totally confidential setting, they could look at their choices and choose to change patterns if they wished.  I retrained as a counsellor because I believe strongly that counselling offers people the opportunity to attend to their feelings, think about whether change is needed and feel better about themselves and their relationships. We all have the ability to fulfil our potential and counselling can provide the right conditions for this to happen. 

My qualifications and courses

     Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Masters      level

  • Certificate in Couples Counselling

  • At present gaining accreditation on a one year Transactional Analysis certificate

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling

  • CBT introduction

  • Transactional Analysis 101

  • Bereavement Training - Cruse

  • Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

  • MIND training on Bereavement and Mental Health

  • Mindfulness

  • Certificate in Life Coaching

  • Rape Crisis Training

  • PODS dissociation after childhood sexual abuse

  • PGCE 

  • Stress while studying

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Understanding Autism

  • Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum

Counselling special interests
  • Anxiety, stress and depression

  • Existential, making the best of life, identity issues

  • Low self-esteem and confidence issues

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism

  • Couples-communication, improving relationships, separating well

  • Relational issues and family patterns

  • Mental ill health

  • Work-related stress 

  • Strong emotions

  • Childhood sexual abuse

  • Attachment issues

  • Unhelpful patterns

  • Counselling with a coaching element

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