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Creating a Way Forward

About Me

I work with adults and young people offering a supportive, confidential safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings in order to empower you to live a more fulfilling life. I will listen carefully, empathetically and without judgement.

I will strive to provide you with a relationship where you will feel safe to talk openly and honestly about your inner most thoughts and feelings in a confidential and secure environment. Hopefully the therapeutic relationship that we will build will allow you to understand yourself better.  I focus on understanding and exploring your unique world and how you perceive it. You may want to address a specific issue and/or together we could work to understand your values and beliefs, your relationship with yourself, with others, and with the outside world. I work collaboratively with my clients as I believe you are the expert on you and that therapy is done with you, not to you!

Alongside my private practice, I work part time with Nottinghamshire Mind as the Counselling Co Ordinator, assessing and managing clients for the trainee therapists.  I also work part time with CASY a children’s counselling charity.  In primary and secondary schools.  In my work with children, I use a range of creative materials, as I find it makes it easier for children to express themselves and aids the therapeutic process.

I have also previously counselled both male and female adult clients, one-to-one for Cruse Bereavement Care. I am committed to help improve the mental health and well-being of the people I work with.

I hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, for both adults and children.

I have my own Professional Indemnity Insurance.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I transitioned from 22 years in the British Army into counselling, because I wanted my practice to reflect my unique skills and insights. 

Clients I work with

I work with clients who have difficulties with a whole range of issues, these often include work related stress, anxiety, depression, stress, panic, anger, trauma, bereavement, loss, phobias, family problems, relationships issues, low self- esteem, confidence & assertiveness, health concerns and many more that influence and have an emotional impact on everyday life.

Training & Qualifications

Certificate in Understanding Children & Young People’s Mental Health, BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling (University of Nottingham), Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.

Cruse Bereavement Care, Responding to a Major Incident, Children & Young Persons Workshop, Certificate of Proficiency, Introduction to Working with CYP Online, Transaction Analysis 101, Suicide Bereavement, Systemic Training, Suicide Intervention, Sudden & Traumatic Death, Safeguarding, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse), Mental Health First Aid Armed Forces, Certificate in Counselling Skills.     



These vary depending on circumstances, with concessions for Armed Forces, Emergency services and block bookings.

Additional information

I have my own therapy room located at Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe with free parking facilities.

I can usually offer an initial telephone appointment within the first seven days of you making contact.

Counselling: 60 min session.

Please be advised that a full charge will be made for a cancelled appointment if 24 hr notice is not received via a telephone call to me.

I operate a 24 hr cancellation policy, otherwise a full charge will have to be made as I will be unable to fill the appointment.


Wednesday   1400 hrs – 1900 hrs

Thursday      1400 hrs – 1900 hrs

Friday           0800 hrs – 1200 hrs

When you are ready you can get in touch with me at:            07815 815138

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