Background & Qualifications

After working as a Samaritan volunteer for eight years, I decided to embark on a training in counselling and psychotherapy, and chose a training which built upon the values of the Samaritans and encouraged me to work at a deeper level (relational depth). I completed this four year training in 1998 and worked in the NHS since then, as well as running a small private practice.  I retired from the NHS in 2016.

During this time I have worked with people across the whole range of mental health problems, as well as those who are dealing with the severe long term effects of childhood trauma.

Depending on the wishes of the client I can work over a shorter or longer period. Shorter term work is usually about six sessions while longer term therapy can be open-ended and is an opportunity to work at deeper levels.  I would review our work together on a regular basis to ensure you are getting the help you need, however, I would welcome feedback from you at any time so that our communication remains open and honest.

I also work with children and families, which is challenging for all concerned, but particularly helpful too, as each individual gets to be heard by every other family member.

This can be set up to meet the needs of each individual family, which means I might be working sometimes with one member and sometimes with the parents only, singly or together.


Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.     1994 - 1998 (Models: Person Centred, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt)

Cert. in Supervision COSCA.                            2009

Cert. in Online Counselling. OCST.                  2014

I have engaged in Continual Professional Development (CPD) over and above the required number of hours to remain Accredited with BACP (British Assoc. for Counselling and Psychotherapy).  This has included trainings or seminars in new and emerging models of working, which keeps me up to date with current thinking and ways of working.

My training in Online Counselling has expanded my skills base to be comfortable working via video or text based communication such as email and Instant Messaging (IM)

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