About Me

After a decade of making TV programmes for the BBC I left and became a freelance writer.  


When my second son started school I decided to go back to my psychology roots [I had a degree in psychology] and I trained to be a counsellor.

My background means I'm used to helping people to feel at ease talking about themselves which is a good starting point for counselling.  

By carefully listening and by being non-judgmental I will support you to work out what you would like to change and how to make those changes.  

I now have a private practice offering short and long term online counselling to adults.  

I can help you with a range of issues, see How Can I Help You?, and I also have specialist experience and knowledge of disability, carer, health, student, and gender dysphoria issues.

I have previously worked for the University of Exeter Wellbeing Service, the Margaret Jackson Centre, as a Specialist Counsellor at The Laurels Gender Identity Clinic in Exeter, and for the NHS working with adults who were mainly referred from the Depression and Anxiety Service [DAS] in Newton Abbot.

My qualifications and training

I am an Accredited Member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – the professional organisation for counsellors.  My BACP registration number is 185778, you can click on this link to find my name on their register:  www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/

  • BSc [Hons] 2:1 in Psychology [1988-1991]

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Level 4, Exeter College [2012-14]

  • Creative Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy [Sept 2014 - Feb 2015]

  • Online Counselling Skills, OCST [Online Counselling Services & Training] [May - July 2016].


I have also done the following short courses:

  • Working with trauma that has become stuck, Carolyn Spring

  • Goals in Therapy: Actualising Our Deepest Directions, Mick Cooper

  • Single Session Therapy - SST Demonstrations & Questions, Windy Dryden

  • Single Session Therapy - Doubts & Reservations, Windy Dryden

  • Existential Contributions to Counselling and Psychotherapy, Mick Cooper

  • Working with trauma in a time of trauma, Carolyn Spring

  • Healing Trauma Summit, 2018, Sounds True

  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice, PODS - Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors

  • Anger Management, Citizen Coaching

  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation, PODS

  • Working with Families and Couples:  Systemic Ideas in Practice within The Laurels Gender Identity Clinic, facilitated by Amy Urry, Family Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor

  • Child Sexual Abuse, PODS

  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery, PODS

  • The Man Who Needed His Headaches [Psychosomatic disorders], Somerset Counselling Centre

  • Relational Depth and Emotional Connection in Online Therapy, BACP Webcast:  OCTIA 2016

  • Raising Self Esteem, Relate

  • Introduction to Mindfulness, Part 2, Relate

  • Sexual Abuse and Related Issues, SAL - Rape and Sexual Abuse Line

  • Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse, adva – Against Domestic Violence and Abuse


I love reading and I am a prolific reader of counselling related books so if you like reading too I’d be happy to recommend books which you might find helpful. 

For further information or to get the ball rolling please either use the contact form or e mail me:


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