What is counselling?

There are different approaches to providing therapy, in general terms it is a place to talk in confidence about what is going on for you. This maybe current issues, past events, painful thoughts and emotions, relationships or life decisions.

Having a trained and professional listener, where you can express yourself freely and confidentially, where you can be heard and understood can be a validating experience.

Counselling can provide a space to explore a little deeper of what is going on for you, it can help to bring perspective and different ways of considering situations or events. Being able to explore in a safe and trusted relationship, can bring a greater understanding that can help you to find a way forward. It can help to build on your self-awareness and increase your inner strength, which in turn helps to feel more in control of your life and able to cope and weather the challenges which life presents to all of us.

Working through issues in a therapeutic relationship where you are understood and accepted, often leads to feeling more accepting of yourself. Growth and change often occur naturally when this happens.

My way of working

The core of my approach is ‘person-centred’, I do not give advice or tell you what to do, I listen deeply and walk alongside you.

Together we build a supportive and therapeutic relationship, these foundations are built on trust, respect and integrity, I focus on what matters to you.

I offer a non-judgemental space, a place to be curious and explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace and in your own time - you lead and you set your own agenda. I am here to support you in making your own decisions and to help you to have a better understanding of who you are and what matters to you.

Research evidence shows that the therapeutic relationship is the central factor to effective therapy. The approach or theory used is secondary, this means that it is important to feel comfortable with the person you are working with.

I offer an initial phone call which is the starting point to see if we may be a ‘good fit’. This enables both of us to get a sense of what you are looking for and if I may be the right person to support you. I will always be honest about my areas of expertise and if I am not able to help, I always endeavour to signpost to other counsellors and organisations who have that expertise.

You may be looking to make changes, you may be wanting to find clarity with a situation or relationship that is troubling you. You may just have a sense that things don’t feel right and may want a space to figure out what is causing distress.


I have a particular interest in neurodiversity for a number of reasons, I have later in my own life realised that there is a reason why numbers are challenging for me and that is because of dyscalculia. I was often described as clumsy and my struggle to know left from right was often a cause of something to be made fun of.

Neurodiversity is something close to my heart, I have a son who was diagnosed with autism as a child, and my partner has ADHD and autism.

My experience shows me of the challenges faced in navigating a world that is neuro-typical, since training as a counsellor I have worked with many clients with neurodiversity, wanting to understand what this means for them. Recently there has been an increase in women being diagnosed later in life, often feeling that the diagnosis helps to explain something, but also a lot of conflicting feelings and emotions.

I work with parents of children who are neurodiverse, some commonalities are the journey to diagnosis, the navigation of health and social care systems, and being believed.

My approach is humanistic, to walk alongside and to build a relationship which is open, non-judgemental and supportive. One size does not fit all and I bring different elements into my work, to find what suits each person as an individual in their own right. Often people who I work with have wanted a coaching approach, to develop their awareness of their sense of self, their needs and their boundaries.

Most importantly people I work with value being able to be themselves, that they are accepted for who they are and that they set the agenda of what is important to them.

Attention Allies

I am a member of a small network of therapists with personal &/or professional experience of neurodiversity. We offer 1-1 sessions for individuals, couples counselling and supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors. To find out more visit the Attention Allies website.

Face to Face or Online

I am offer face to face, online , as well as walk and talk sessions.