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My therapeutic approach puts our relationship at the heart of it. And. It is vital that you know ​about my professional experience and qualifications; what knowledge, skills and understanding I have to make our time together something other than a pleasant hour talking with a kind-minded other.


I am a registered member (398554) of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means I meet their recommended quality standards, including undergoing training, supervision and continuing professional development. I adhere to all aspects of their Ethical Framework. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate, required for positions that involve caring for, training, supervising or sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. I work under the Jurisdiction of UK law and guidelines.



  • Attachment Based Behaviours and Implications for Inclusion

  • Art Intervention: working creatively to support mental heath and wellbeing

  • Crisis Management: Using Skills of De-escalation

  • Effective Use of Restorative Approaches

  • Gender and Implications for Learning

  • Learning Styles and Effective Inclusion

  • Neuro Science and Implications for Supporting Inclusion

  • Peer-Peer Massage in Schools

  • Positive Behaviour Management

  • Solution Focussed Ways of Working

  • Supporting Students with English as an Additional Language

  • The Impact of Sex, Porn and Social Media on Children and Young People

  • Trauma Informed Inclusion ​

  • Working with Loss and Bereavement (in collaboration with Balloons, an excellent, Exeter based charity)                                                                                                                   


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I have over 25 years' rich experience working in the field of social, emotional and mental health. Prior to providing discrete counselling and psychology, I worked in education both in the UK and abroad, teaching in all key stages from Nursery to Adult Education. This included delivering a behaviour-based Government Funded Research Program for the Peninsula Medical School over a number of years (Exeter University) and as a tutor for another Government funded initiative: the National Program for Specialists in Behaviour and Attendance.

For 13 years I was a schools and colleges’ advisor for Devon County in the Behaviour: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team and an associate advisor for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Team. During this time, I developed and/or delivered wide-ranging training across education settings and at conference workshops, including:

I sat as an independent SEND expert on Devon County exclusion panels and worked extensively alongside multi-agencies to support children, young people and families in crisis, predominantly with Health (CAMHS) and Social Care. I have extensive experience supporting Education, Health and Care Plans and families involved in Child In Need or Child Protection plans. 


Most recently I have volunteered at the The Quiet Mind Centre Exmouth – an excellent charity providing counselling and psychotherapy for those on no/low income.


The Iron Mill, Exeter

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)

The Iron Mill, Exeter

Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Foundation  (UKATA Accredited)

The Iron Mill, Exeter

Counselling Young People Stage 1 (BACP Accredited)

The Iron Mill, Exeter

Professional Certificate in CBT

UK Government Department for Children, Schools and Families

Professional Certificate for Specialist Leaders of Behaviour and Attendance

University of the West of England

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Literacy Specialism

Oxford Brookes University

B.A. (Hons.) French and German Contemporary Studies. Subsidiary Subjects: Computing, Sociology, Women’s Studies, French Constitutional Law.

Continuing Professional Development



  • Autistic and Highly Sensitive Clients: Working with Mindfulness 

  • Creativity as a Therapeutic Technique: Working with the Drama Triangle

  • Essentials of Psychosynthesis   

  • Impasse Theory - Transactional Analysis

  • Living and Working with Neurodivergence: Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Mental Health and the Body 

  • Mental Health Disorders Refresher  

  • MHFA: Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • Personality Adaptations - Transactional Analysis

  • Pluralistic Approaches to Therapy

  • Psychotherapy of Unconscious Relational Patterns 

  • Relationships and Regulation - Neuroscience for Effective Clinical Practice​

  • Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Treating Anxiety & Depression in Young People 

  • Uncertainty, An Existential Perspective 

  • Understanding the Impact of Menopause on Mental Health

  • Working with Complex Trauma

  • Working with Insecure Attachment

  • Working with Shame

  • Yalom: A Matter of Life and Death

My personal interests also include holistic health and, while I categorically do not practice as part of my counselling and psychotherapy offer, my knowledge and understanding in the field enhances the work I do. Of particular interest, and subjects I have undertaken courses in, are Kinesiology, Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Reiki.


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I actively attend training and courses to keep my knowledge and understanding current and relevant and to meet the requirements of my BACP membership. In recent years this has included:


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