About Me

My first experience of counselling was during a relationship breakdown.  The empathy and support my counsellor offered me allowed me to move on and get my life back together.


After gaining a PGCE in Adult Education I worked at the City of Bristol College for 17 years as a lecturer and Programme Co-Ordinator.  I found that students were facing increasingly difficult life issues.  I didn’t feel equipped to support them adequately and I decided to train as a counsellor.  After completing the AQA Certificate in Counselling Theory and Skills in 2002 I continued my training with Relate.  I started working with couples and individuals in 2003 and qualified as a Relate Counsellor in 2005. 


For several years I continued with my teaching career whilst also working as a part-time counsellor at Relate Avon.  I took voluntary redundancy from my teaching post in 2014m which allowed me to dedicate time to a writing project.  I set up my private practice in 2016 and still work for Relate Avon.

Qualifications & Training

  • BACP Accreditation, 2018

  • Qualification as a Relate Practitioner, 2005

  • University of East London with Relate, 2005: Post Graduate Diploma in Couple Therapy

  • University of East London with Relate, 2003: Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling

  • Certificate in Counselling Theory, AQA, 2002

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, AQA, 2002