Counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and families.
about me

Professional Counselling

I have 12+ years of experience as a counsellor / psychotherapist working within the charity sector and within private practice.

I have worked with people from different social and economic backgrounds and with people from a wide age range (13-90).

Qualifications and Training
I gained a Counselling Diploma Level 4 from Oxford Cherwell Valley College. I am a member and am registered with the British Association of Counsellors / Psychotherapists (BACP). I am also a Cruse trained Bereavement Counsellor.

My Experience

I have experience of working with a wide range of emotional issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, self harm, relationship problems, life transitions, family breakdown, bullying, academic & study related issues. in addition, I specialise in the following areas:


I worked with the charity CRUSE for three years. I have also been connected to the charity Compassionate Friends. I have experience of working with parents who have lost a child or a son or daughter of any age.


I have worked with people who have addictions and also with family or friends who have been affected by others addictions.

13-25 year olds

I work with a charity delivering counselling to young people with a wide range of issues.


This covers a wide range of issues form death to moving away to being a victim of crime (loss of safety / security, loss of confidence).

From an integrative perspective, some of the ways counselling / psychotherapy can help people are:

  • To gain a clearer understanding of your own internal world.
  • To take a more open minded attitude towards yourself and others.
  • To be more emotionally resilient.
  • To be more skillful at getting your needs met within relationships, while also taking account of others needs.
  • To become more comfortable with uncertainty.
  • To become more skillful at adapting to change.
  • To become more able to see the positive.
  • To be able to make decisions based on the present without letting past experience colour your perspective.
  • Where necessary, to endure suffering and creatively transform it.
What is it and how does it work?

Integrative Psychotherapy

When searching for a therapist the choice can be confusing. There are many different forms which are usually grouped into three main 'traditions' - psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioural.

Integrative Psychotherapy draws on more than one of these traditions. Integrative therapists are concerned with understanding the common forces of change across different modalities.

I was trained initially as a person-centred therapist (humanistic tradition) but through training & experience integrate some aspects of other modalities. I am passionate about any theory or expertise which helps me to understand the client's inner world.


Asked Questions

You may have been for counselling before or this may be your first experience and you may not know quite what to expect. I hope these questions and answers might give you an idea of what it might be like. We will be able to address any concerns you may have during the first session.

  • What happens in the first session?
    Firstly I will ask you some information about yourself, for example your health, your family, and what brings you to counselling at this time. I will also explain about confidentiality and its limits and give a short explanation of the way I work.
  • How many sessions do people usually have?
    This can vary from just one session to a few months or even years, depending on the difficulties you are experiencing and how many areas of your life you want to explore. This is something we can discuss and review during therapy. The choice is always yours.
  • How much does it cost?
    My fees are £50 for a 50 minute session. My rates can be discussed depending on what you can afford and I will ask you to help decide on this in our first session.
  • What will therapy be like?
    Even if you have had therapy before you may be wondering how it will differ with a new therapist. It is really important that you feel comfortable as research shows that it is the quality of the relationship more than the type of therapy that leads to most successful outcomes. The first session provides an opportunity to begin to get a sense of what it might be like.

    Below are some of the main aspects of how I work:

    I offer 50 – minute sessions at a regular time each week, however some people may want to come fortnightly or even monthly as therapy draws to an end.

    One of my main roles is to listen and to try to understand you from your own perspective, to hear what you are thinking and feeling. For some people the experience of being ‘heard’ with a feeling of being understood can have a powerful impact.

    I will try to support you to become more aware of your experiences, of how you perceive and relate to the world around you. By developing insight and self-knowledge it becomes easier to make choices which are more likely to lead to fulfilment. I can also support you in thinking through the consequences of different options, to come to a deeper understanding of what you want and need. I can also work with you on aspects of yourself such as building self-esteem, assertiveness, anger management, repeated patterns of behaviour which are unhelpful and anything you wish to bring which is causing you concern. I will not give you advice but help you to find your own path that feels right for you.

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