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 troubled by day to day stresses, as well as those who are dealing with the severe long term effects of childhood trauma, which has greatly impacted on their ability to function normally.

Over the years the number of sessions given by the NHS in our area decreased to the present average of 6-8 sessions. This meant we focused more on one issue, and I adapted my style of working to this shorter duration.  

However, in my online practice, and my private face to face practice, I have the freedom to work with a client as long as they need. 


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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