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Therapists Information
Therapist Member Level:
  • Level 2
Counselling / therapy models / approaches:

Person Centred
Psychodynamic & Systemic (Couples only)
ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
CFT - Compassion Focused Therapy

Special Interests:

Loss of Direction
Infidelity & Affairs
Relationship Issues
Work Related Issues
Grief & Bereavement
Separation & Divorce
Identity & Sense of Self
Self-Esteem & Confidence

Face to face training:
  • Chichester College - Certificate in Counselling Skills (2004)
  • University of Chichester - Diploma Humanistic Counselling (2006)
  • University of Chichester - Degree BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling (2008)
  • Chichester Counselling Service - Certificate Couple Counselling (2014)
  • Chichester Counselling Service - Diploma Couple Counselling (2015)
  • 2016-Present Ongoing Training and Continued Professional Development in ACT & CFT - details are available on my website.
Online training:

Certificate in Online Counselling for Audio & Webcam - OCST4 (2020)
Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling - Counselling Tutor (2020)

Professional organisation memberships :

(BACP) British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
(ACTO) Association for Counselling & Therapy Online
(ACBS) Association of Contextual & Behavioral Science

Code of Ethics adhered to:

(BACP) British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
(ACTO) Association for Counselling & Therapy Online

Description of my therapy services: Counsellor & ACT Therapist working with Adult Individual & Couples - Online via Zoom video link & Telephone and Face to Face. Short-Term & Open-Ended Appointments.
Experience of working online:

Mar 2020 onwards Counselling Online via Zoom video link & Telephone

2008 - 2016 - Telephone Helpline Counsellor for Major EAP organisation, roles included Assessing Clients, Signposting Clients, Supportive Listening.


Zoom Video Link


All Sessions including Assessment £50.00
All Sessions including Assessment £60.00
Trainee Counsellors
Assessment £40.00 Follow on Sessions £50.00

Additional Information
Membership Number: 785

Welcome to my directory entry.

I am a highly experienced Independent Counsellor with over 6000 hours of supervised client work completed. I have been seeing clients since 2005 (15 years) and running my own Private Practice since 2009 (12 years). In addition to this I am also a Co-founder and Partner of Portsmouth Therapy Partnership.  I am a Registered Member of the BACP and have been Accredited since 2009.

Since March 2020 I have been working Online via Zoom video link or via Telephone with Adult Individuals and Couples.  Whilst this has bought its own challenges I have found it to be an enriching experience for both myself and my clients and have decided to add this as an additional service to my in person face to face work.  I have so far undertaken over 300 supervised online client hours.

Prior to becoming a Counsellor I spent 18 years as a Project Manager (Manufacturing) in the electronics sector. I gained extensive knowledge of the difficulties encountered within large, complex multi-disciplined teams operating to tight timescales and budgets. I can therefore appreciate the difficulties and the stress that you may experience when faced with work related issues.

My experiences stem from my heritage which is British-Italian and I know how my own sense of identity has been impacted as I navigated these different cultures. I therefore have an understanding of some of the complex issues involving race and cultural differences that you may be experiencing and bringing into the counselling room.

I am fluent in the Italian language, however I am not able to offer Counselling in Italian.

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