About me


I graduated with an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling from the University of Leeds in 2022. I have been a qualified counsellor since March 2021.  My dissertation was a study of the impact of adoption on adult adoptees.

Professional membership

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

What brought me to counselling?

I worked for over 30 years in Higher Education. I began my career as a student adviser and ended it holding a senior management role in a Students’ Union. My responsibilities were all linked to student wellbeing and the student experience. During this time I also served as a trustee on a number of charity boards and I helped to set up a bereavement charity in 2014 dedicated to supporting families following the sudden death of a child.

Like many people in senior roles, eventually I began to experience burn-out. Whilst working through a significant bereavement myself I decided that I needed a career change. I was quickly drawn to counselling.

After I qualified as a counsellor, I was appointed to a role managing a bereavement counselling service for a charity.  I was able to practice as a counsellor alongside bringing my significant management experience to the charity. After two years in this role I decided I wanted to spend more of my time working with clients.  I was fortunate that my employer offered me a part-time role a senior counsellor  and I was able to set up  in private practice.

Since I qualified in 2021 I have continued with my professional development, keeping up to date with the latest research into what helps and doesn’t help people to feel better about their lives and more able to cope. 

I am happy to answer any questions about my training, approach and ongoing development.

Information about how I work is on the About Counselling page.