Life events such as bereavement, or loss of a job can lead us to feeling "stuck", "confused", "scared" or "isolated".  We may not want to burden our loved ones or we may feel unable to disclose personal issues. In that case "Counselling" can offer a safe, confidential space where a client can explore difficulties, consider possible options as  well as helping you find coping strategies on both emotional and practical levels.


Learn More About Me

I qualified as a counsellor in 2004 and am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Apart from The Retreat, I am also a counsellor at a hospice as well as working in the field of drug and alcohol misuse.

I draw on several models of counselling underpinning this is a person centred model.  This means I put the clients needs at the heart of everything I do. My belief is that everyone has the potential of finding their own way through difficult times and painful experiences, when given the appropriate support, where they feel safe and accepted for who they are and what they feel.


The Retreat

The Counselling Space

The Retreat is located in the village of Babcary within easy reach of Yeovil & Glastonbury (approx 11 miles.)

There is parking on site.

The Retreat aims to provide a welcoming, safe space for you to explore and consider options available for you to achieve a place of well being within self.


Areas of Counselling

Life has a habit of throwing difficulties in our path, which often evolves in an emotional, biological or physical response.  As  a counsellor I specialise in supporting clients through issues of  bereavement, life changes, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, addictions and depression. My belief is that through the counselling relationship the client will be able to process the event to a degree of acceptance and thus be able to transfer these skills if and when another challenge arises.

The retreat offers individual counselling, face to face as well as on-line. On-line counselling is a great way of accessing therapy for clients who do not live in the area, or have limited access to transport.

The Retreat also offers couple counselling, face to face as well as on-line, which may benefit clients who find it difficult to schedule a session where they can both be available. 

Relationship & Family Issues

  • Bereavement

  • Marriage breakdown

  • Loss of role

  • Career Issues

  • Communication problems

Low self-esteem,  Anxiety  & Depression

  • Panic/anxiety attacks

  • Anger Management

  • Addictive behaviours

  • Self-defeating behaviours

  • Social skill building

  • Guilt/shame

  • Lack of assertiveness


This service is a favourite among many of my clients, as it offers the keys skills towards a happier, healthier life. Mindfulness tools help with dissolving stress and anxiety, so clients can enjoy living their life in the present moment.


Schedule a Session

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or to book in for your free initial session.

I offer counselling at

The Retreat in Babcary or alternatively 

On-line sessions




£35.00 for 50 minute session - 1-2-1 & on-line

Concessions for trainee counsellors & students.

£45.00 for Couple Counselling

The initial session is free, this will give you an opportunity to discuss your needs and how you feel counselling may help.  I can also tell you more about the counselling process and the way I work.  It is important client's feel comfortable with a counsellor before making a decision to go ahead.

Appointments are available during weekday hours, evenings and Saturday mornings.



Babcary is located just off the A37. 

From Yeovil via the A303  leave the Podimore roundabout at the 2nd exit, signposted towards Shepton Mallet.  Babcary is located 3 miles along the A37 on the the right hand side.  

From Shepton Mallet, travel along the A37, continue through the Lydford-on- Fosse traffic lights, until you see Babcary sign on the left (approx 1.5 miles)

On leaving the A37, continue along Babcary Lane as you enter the village you will pass the church on the right, as you continue on to Main Street, there is a footpath sign on the left. The Retreat is located opposite the foot path via the gates of Cider Press Barn.






Cider Press Barn, Main Street, Babcary, Nr Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7DZ

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