I am trained integratively which means I combine methods and understandings from a variety of counselling theories, to best meet your individual needs. My approach is underpinned by person-centred values and the importance of relational connection, integrating humanistic and attachment theories, as well as coping behaviours that can help with day to day living. My aim is to offer you a therapy space in which to build a collaborative, connected relationship that feels safe and supportive. Within that relationship I believe my role is not about telling you what to do or making decisions for you, but to support you in exploring your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships to achieve greater clarity, understanding and the possibility of growth, through increased self-awareness.
I regularly work with wide ranging issues including depression, anxiety, men's mental health difficulties, relationship problems, family dynamics, loss or change of identity and self-esteem difficulties.
Additionally, I have a particular interest in working with loss and grief, including perinatal loss. I have volunteered for the PANDAS Foundation and spent several years as a volunteer bereavement counsellor in a hospice. I also offer a safe and supportive counselling space to explore anticipatory loss for carers of people living with life-limiting and chronic illnesses.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework and professional standards. I am committed to providing the best service I can to all of my clients and am supported by regular supervision to ensure my practice is safe and current.
BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling (University of Surrey)
CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
Continuing Professional Development
LGB Sexuality Awareness
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Depression - A Compassionate View
Suicide Crisis Training
National Counselling Society accredited Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
Attachment in the Early Years
The Tavistock and Portman Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health
Accredited Counsellor training for The Foundation for Infant Loss
Dementia Friend trained
The Open University and BACP coronavirus primer
My Own Journey
Before training to become a counsellor I spent many years working in the education sector, both state and independent, in HR administration and training. Over time I realised that my relationships with people, both staff and students, were far more important to me than working with statistics and spreadsheets and that I very much wanted to re-train for a career that I had been interested in for a long time. I love what I do and it is a privilege to sit alongside each of my clients and be part of their story.