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DPS, Dip. Person-Centred Counselling
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist,

I believe that one of the most important factors in the success of therapy is the development of a good therapeutic relationship between the Client and Therapist.


CONTACT: 01206 213046

About Counselling

To take the step of ringing for an appointment for an initial session of therapy can feel difficult, so I hope the following information will help you with this decision. I would also be happy to talk to you about the service I offer.

I believe that counselling and psychotherapy can help you to make changes that can improve your life and help you to fulfil your potential.

Counselling can help with issues such as:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Loss and Bereavement
• Relationship Difficulties
• Low self esteem and lack of confidence
• Problems arising from being a survivor of abuse
• Major life changes
• Personal Development
• Issues of body image and sexuality
• Support during health problems
• Stress
• Work related problems

Counselling sessions provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment with a non-judgemental therapist – a place where you can talk about your problems, difficult feelings and reactions to life.
By exploring in this way you can use your inner strengths and resources in order to cope more effectively with life and develop insights into your problems that enable you to make changes.

There are many different reasons why people choose to go into therapy. You may understand what is troubling you or you may just be experiencing a feeling that things are not quite right and you would like to make changes to your life.
For example some people seek help when they have specific problems and others may just feel they need space to talk in order to uncover what is making them anxious and unhappy.

The process of counselling / psychotherapy offers you space and time in which you can work with the therapist to identify what is worrying you and then help you to make the changes that will ultimately make a difference to your life.

Although I cannot guarantee that counselling / psychotherapy can help you, I am aware from my experience as a therapist that most people find this support very helpful. The initial session can help you to make up you mind about whether you think therapy would be of benefit and enable you to see if you feel comfortable working with the therapist.

The number of sessions you need is agreed between you and the therapist. You may feel after a few sessions that you have achieved what you would like to achieve or you may wish to continue to explore things in depth for a longer period of time

Whatever happens you decide when you wish to finish therapy.

Stress Management

What is Stress?

“Stress is the psychological, physiological and behavioural response by an individual when they perceive a lack of equlibrium between demands placed upon them and their ability to meet those demands, which, over a period of time, leads to ill health.” – Professor Stephen Palmer

When we suffer from stress we experience both physical and mental symptoms. Stress Management can help by exploring the reasons for the stress and enable you to develop strategies and techniques for dealing with it effectively.
I have trained with Professor Palmer a leading authority on the management of stress.

Cancer Counselling

Being told that you have cancer can be devastating. It can produce feelings of shock, worries about the future, fear of treatment, financial worries and can trigger anxieties and problems from the past.
Although I have a general counselling practice I have a extensive experience in working with people whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. I set up and ran an NHS cancer counselling service for 17 years. I have worked at national level on a committee set up to promote excellence in cancer counselling.

About me

I have run a private counselling/psychotherapy practice for the past 20 years and have experience in working with a diverse range of clients who have many different issues and problems.
I set up and ran a counselling service for an NHS Trust for 17 years and I have consulting rights at The Oaks Hospital Mile End Road, Colchester.
I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Registered Member MBACP (Senior Accredited, Registration No. 002970). I am a qualified Nurse.

Training and Qualifications

– Diploma in Humanistic Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling
– Diploma in Professional Studies
– Primary Certificate In Crisis, Trauma & PTSD Counselling
– Primary Certificate In Problem Focused Psychotherapy
– Primary Certificate in Stress Management
– Primary Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy
– Certificate in Stress Management
– Certificate in Working with Survivors of Abuse
– Qualified Nurse

Further Information

Registration/Memberships and Code of Ethics

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
Registered Member MBACP (Senior Accredited, Registration No. 002970)
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a BUPA Mental Health and Wellbeing Therapist.
Member of the Faculty of Healthcare Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Counselling Sessions

I offer all prospective clients an initial session, this enables you to see if
counselling is appropriate for you. There is no obligation to have further sessions.
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and are normally booked at regular intervals.
Unless your insurance company is paying, payment is required (cash or cheque) at the end of each session.

Sessions take place in a quiet, attractive counselling room. Easy parking is available.


I have a telephone answering machine which I leave on all the time. I would ask you to leave messages for me on this and I will return your call as soon as possible.