My experience and training

I have always enjoyed working with people, prior to starting my counselling training I have worked as a Disability Employment Advisor within the local Jobcentre, helping people with disabilities into and retain employment.

I have also been a Youth Worker for over 25 years, I managed Detached Youth Work teams across Basingstoke and surrounding villages and delivered training to youth workers across the country.

Following redundancy from the job I loved, youth work, I have been so fortunate to find another career I love, counselling. I have gained experience counselling adults in GP Surgery's in Southampton and for Andover MIND.

My youth counselling experience has been with Sparsholt College, I also set up and ran for two years Andover Youth Counselling Project, and continue to supervise their current counselling staff. I also have experience working as a Frankie Worker for Hampshire County Council.

I have developed a busy private practice which I run from my home where I work with adults as well as young people and teenage clients. My room overlooks our garden and is peaceful, secluded and secure.


  • Peter Symonds College, Winchester. Foundation Degree Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis
  • Metanoia Institute, Ealing, London. Conversion Diploma from Adult to Adolescent and School Counselling
  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Trauma-Focussed CBT for Children with PTSD
  • Lisa Mass Counselling- OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • I am a qualified tutor and deliver Level 2 and 3 Counselling Skills for Peter Symonds College
  • Open University Training - Counselling Online Open University Training
  • I attend regular CPD in a variety of areas pertinent to the issues I work with
  • I have recently gained a Certificate in Trauma Focussed Therapy with Mark Widdowson (Jan 2023)

Next Steps

If you are still feeling unsure about Counselling, that's ok, its normal to feel uncertain, especially if you have never had counselling before. I offer a free half hour session where you can come and see me, with no obligations. You get the chance therefore to ask me any questions you may have, or just meet me, I can talk you through how I work and you can decide if you want to work with me. Don't worry about deciding it wouldn't work, the relationship between a client and counsellor needs to be right for the therapy to be effective, so choosing the right counsellor for you is crucial.

Please either text me on the mobile number given (07954 153425) or use the enquiry form below to send me an email. I will contact you as soon as I can and we can arrange a good time for the initial meeting.

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