“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know” Carl Rogers

Some time ago I was struggling with my own mental health. I didn’t feel good enough, I wasn’t sure who I was, completing day-to-day tasks became a struggle and I couldn’t stop crying. I didn’t feel able to support myself through this difficult time so took the huge step to seek some counselling in the hope that it would make me feel better. Slowly and gently over time I did start to feel better, came back to life and moved forward. Being listened to, understood, accepted, and feeling the true empathy of another person had helped me to heal. These sessions with my own counsellor paved the way for my own journey into counselling and helping others.

I started on this path by volunteering as a listening Samaritan and continued to do this for 3 years. This role taught me many skills, but I really learnt how to listen to others with true empathy and this showed me the value of callers being heard by me in their time of need. This role could be very challenging at times, talking to a caller when they were so very desperate but them knowing I was there to listen, and support them made life bearable again at that moment. I just knew that helping others is where my heart lies so continued along this path to become a Qualified Counsellor.

I have been working with a local Kent based charity for the past few years and have worked with a range of issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, loss and grief, family conflict, divorce and other life changing situations.

What is counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a qualified counsellor listening to you and helping you explore your feelings and emotions and helping you to find ways to deal with these and move forward in your life.

I often get asked “I’m not sure how this works”?

I want to work with you in a way that is most helpful to you, and you can start from the beginning, where you are right now or from wherever feels comfortable for you at the time. I will encourage you to share your thoughts, feelings and emotions and I will listen, without judgement, and help you gain a better understanding of these feelings and thought processes. I will also help you find your own solutions to problems. I am not there to give you advice or tell you what to do.

Working with me

All of my counselling sessions are 50 minutes in duration. If you choose to work face-to-face I have a comfortable and private garden room (as seen on the home page) or I have a lovely room in Ashford in Kent. Whether you are looking for face-to-face, online or telephone, together we can find a time that works for you, and we will aim to keep this same time each week. With your first session booked in, I will send you a working agreement which lays out my terms of how we work together.

My fee is £45 per session. My working hours are Monday to Friday, daytime and evening appointments are available. I can also offer weekend appointments if that suits you better.

I am based in Lenham, ME17 on a quiet residential street. My working space/garden room is a short walk from Lenham train station if you are coming by train and the bus stops just round the corner. I also have use of a lovely room in Ashford, TN23 in Kent with free parking right outside the building.

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