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It’s so great to meet you!

I’m passionate about helping people understand themselves to find clarity and calm, and deal better with the challenges life throws as us.


Because I have been there, struggling with noisy negative thoughts, fear of overwhelm and stuck in patterns of behaviour that didn’t serve me.

Full of self-doubt, I didn’t even realise I said yes when I really wanted to say no sometimes.

I hid my head in the sand for far too long and told myself “I’m fine”.

For most of my adult life, I worked in London as a solicitor in the City. I had a nice flat and a thriving social life, and thought I was on a path to ‘success’. Except I wasn’t happy and I couldn’t understand why.

A therapist helped me see that behind ‘seeming’ fine I was really struggling. I found calm and learnt to like and respect myself.

With the support and encouragement of a therapist, I began making better decisions for myself and started to live a more authentic and happier life.

If you’d like to understand yourself better, make a change, feel more at ease with yourself or get support through a transition, I can help.  I firmly believe that you write your own life story. However, it can feel hard to face things alone or make sense of the challenges life can present.

Insured and registered with the ICO for data protection purposes.

Fully qualified BACP therapist and counsellor also in Advanced Training in Psychotherapy towards UKCP accreditation. I see clients in Didsbury, Urmston and Chorlton, Manchester and online through Zoom.

You will find that my manner is warm and friendly, and I will listen without judgement. I’m down-to-earth, calm and genuine, and I encourage you to be yourself too.

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  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (accredited by BACP)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) including advanced training in models of grief and loss
  • Certificate in facilitating group therapy
  • Certificate in Diversity within Contemporary Relationship Therapy: Working Alongside Trans, Non-Binary and Questioning Clients; Other Loves: Polyamory, Polygamy and Arranged Marriages; Kink; Bisexuality and Sexual Fluidity; Neurodivergence, Sex and Relationships
  • Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology: Polyvagal Theory and Beyond
  • Ongoing training with the Couples Institute in a Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience in Couples Therapy
  • Diploma in Mindfulness Teacher Training
  • Certificate in online counselling and therapy
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Postgraduate training in counselling and psychotherapy with children and young people
  • Gender, sexuality and relationship diversity training
  • Weight Stigma and Fatphobia in the Therapy Room
  • Counselling and psychotherapy for grief and loss
  • Transactional Analysis 101
  • ILM  Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring
  • BA (Hons) and MA (Cantab) in Philosophy (University of Cambridge)
  • MEd in Education (UCL)

I undergo regular training to support my practice.  Workshops I have taken include managing anxiety including social anxiety, mindfulness and integrating the breath, trauma-informed practice, equity, diversity and inclusion, existential psychotherapy, the polyvagal system, walk and talk therapy, menopause, imposter syndrome and neurodiversity.

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  • Over 15 years’ experience working as a Solicitor before my change of career
  • LGBT+ helpline volunteer
  • Volunteer and freelance youth worker
  • College counsellor
  • Volunteering in adult counselling and psychotherapy services
  • Workshop facilitator in secondary schools

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