to explore issues and difficulties that life, relationships, and some patterns of behaviour create.
to take a journey that will lead to greater understanding, clarity and increased self-awareness.
to create an opportunity to make changes in your life with confidence and support.
Confidential Counselling & Psychotherapy in Cambridge
You are here, and that means that you are already stepping into a fertile environment for clarity, psychological healing and change. Engaging in any kind of therapy or change work is an opportunity to be critically reflective in an atmosphere of warmth, compassion and understanding - a trusting safe space where the focus is on you, your dilemma, your distress, whatever you have sought to explore.
Here are some examples of issues I work with as a counsellor in Cambridge:
(inc romantic, friendship, family, work-related)
anxiety, panic & stress
divorce and separation
bereavement & loss
decision making & life choices
gender and sexuality
self-esteem & issues of confidence
confusion, muddle & stuckness
abuse - present & historical
health & illness
*What experience are you having in your body
that stops you from living as fully as you would like to?
*What is happening in your relating with others
that isn’t as rewarding as you would like it to be?
*What are your hopes, aspirations, dreams and desires?
£60 per 50 minute session.
Payment is made by cash, cheque, or electronic transfer at the time of your appointment. Cancellation policy: one week's notice is required if you wish to cancel a session. Less than one week and a full fee will be charged.
What kind of Counsellor am I?
If you feel stuck in life, this work is a way to help you find a way forward, with an aim for you to work towards what really matters in your life, and make no mistake I trust you, your inner resources and the therapeutic process to be the major force in your change process. I will work with you to identify meaning and value in your life, and consider options and choices. I also offer meditation within sessions if this is something of interest to you. Click here for more details.
How many sessions will you need?
I am always open to discussion about tailor-made longer sessions if this is something that you are interested in, and fees will be adjusted accordingly.
Hypnotherapy is a short-term solution focussed therapy and you will find that for a specific issue you may be working for 3-6 weeks only.
Whichever you choose and however therapy unfolds for you, it will be reliant upon your commitment to therapy, my commitment to therapy, and ultimately commitment to your life. Therapy can take many twists and turns, and being open to the necessary unfolding nature can make your experience of therapy extremely rewarding.
Hypnotherapy & Creative Meditation
I offer non-trance hypnotherapy which is a form of active relaxation or creative meditation to aid you in your change process. Used in the context of addressing specific stress-related issues, anxiety and fear, this type of active relaxation is about creative visualisation and positive affirmation, is goal specific.
Supervision & Reflective Practice in Cambridge
Supervision is a valuable and intrinsic part of our work as therapists. Like you, I value it highly, even when it feels challenging and uncomfortable. I value a supportive and encouraging relationship with my supervisor so that I can best aid clients through their own change process in a safe and professional manner. As a qualified and experienced supervisor too, I offer clinical supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists, and also to anyone, in any profession wishing to engage in reflective practice. Click here for more details.
Lecturer in Counselling
I began my early career in the NHS as a Personal Development Trainer, followed by starting my own company in training and marketing. After a career break to establish my family and undertake academic study and research, I worked as an independent Philosophical Counsellor and Life Coach and this work still underpins my practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist. As a Counsellor I have worked with clients in an NHS GP Medical setting and established a substantial private practice in Shrewsbury before relocating to Cambridge in 2015. I have worked with insurance companies to support clients referred from EAP schemes and Occupational Health departments.
As a counselling lecturer, I have taught counselling/therapy to qualified practitioner and degree level, and have delivered CPD workshops in Philosophy for Therapists and Trainees.
I am also a writer and have published reviews and articles in Self & Society (journal for humanistic psychology), The Journal for Existential Analysis (SEA), the journal for Person-Centered Experiential Psychotherapies (PCEP), and I have recently co-written and co-edited with Manu Bazzano, a collection of essays about philosophy and therapy - Therapy and the Counter-Tradition: The Edge of Philosophy published by Routledge (see sidebar for details).
MBACP (Accred) accredited member
BACP Register accredited by Professional Standards for Health & Social Care
Associate Member of Adlerian Society UK and Institute for Individual Psychology (ASIIP)
Member Association Humanistic Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision: (ASIIP accredited);
Certificate in Supervision: (ASIIP accredited);
Certificate Cognitive Hypnotherapy (BPS approved)
Couples Training: The Relational Academy, Cambridge;
Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling (BACP accredited);
Diploma CBT (Oxford College);
BA (Hons) in English & Philosophy;
Certificate Training & Development - Institute of Training & Development UK
I have a particular professional interest how Western and Eastern Philosophy can inform therapy, and also how the use of Meditation can aid our change process. I have a deep interest in the body and how our body's hold the memory of hurt, pain and trauma. These bodily memories then inform our interactions with others, our decision making and therefore can have a huge impact upon our lives. My experience informs a deep belief in our ability to transform our suffering, and that if we do, it will have a knock-on effect and aid others to look too, and then our world becomes impacted in a more positive and healthy way.