My Approach

I have studied a variety of counselling theories and approaches and have found that working together with you, the client, we can develop an individual and flexible way of working that suits you.

We can stay with the ‘here and now’ or explore the past to identify what may be influencing your present. We can also identify and examine negative patterns of thinking.

Whatever you decide, I will provide an accepting, compassionate and safe space to do this – working together at your pace.

My Experience

I have worked in a variety of roles in schools and the care sector for over 20 years using my counselling skills and knowledge. More recently I have worked with a large community football club, both players and coaches.

I have worked with adult clients who have experienced loss, abuse,  anxiety, depression, low self esteem and relationship issues. I have also worked with young people and the adults who support them – parents, carers and teachers.

I currently work online and from a private room in my house. When the current pandemic is over I will resume working from premises external to my house.

My Philosophy

I believe that we all have the capacity and strength to heal and grow.

Having someone offer compassion, acceptance, empathy and confidentiality whilst you unravel and explore your thoughts and feelings may be just what you need at certain times in your life.

I also embrace ‘The Starfish Parable’ ( Loren Eiseley 1907 – 1977) – hence the starfish theme on my website!

I take this parable into my way of living and my practice. We often avoid, or put things off, because the challenge seems too big, too messy or too painful - and that can feel overwhelming.

Taking one tiny step at a time can break that challenge down, enabling us to explore what changes we may want to make.

The smallest action can make a difference. You may take one or many small steps , with gaps in between, to change or re-shape your life.  One small step towards making a change. And that’s okay.


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The Starfish Parable ( Loren Eiseley 1907 – 1977)

There was an old man taking his morning walk on the beach. As he neared the shore line he noticed the beach was covered in starfish from the previous night’s storm.

In the distance he saw a young boy frequently bending down and the running towards the shoreline.

He approached him and saw he was bending down to pick up a starfish, running to the water’s edge and throwing the starfish in as far as he could.

The old man asked him what he was doing.

“I’m throwing the starfish into the sea, the tide has washed them up and they can’t get back by themselves. When the sun comes up they will die,” he replied.

The old man said “There’s thousands of them, the few you can save won’t make much of a difference. You are wasting your time.”

The boy picked up another starfish, threw it into the sea and said “It’s made a difference to that one.”


My Training

I trained as a person centred practitioner for 2 years then as a psychotherapeutic counsellor for 3 years.

I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) approved by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means you can be assured of the standard of my training.

I also adhere to the NCS code of ethics which includes further developing my counselling skills and knowledge by committing to regular supervision and continuing professional development(CPD).

I am happy to share and discuss details of my professional qualifications and CPD on request.

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