I am a qualified Psychosynthesis Counsellor (pgDip) and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am committed to my on-going personal and professional development and I am in regular supervision for my client work.
What is important to me is to ensure I create a non-judgemental space, where you can share and explore your thoughts, feelings and problems in a safe, accepting and confidential environment.
From my experience as a counsellor, what I have seen as most important for clients is the counsellor and client relationship. I have an approachable, genuine and open minded manner that helps people feel able to discuss their difficulties and builds a trust in the therapist client relationship. Equally my own experiences of therapy has allowed me to honour the healing journey that clients undergo and respect the clients choice in the pace and depth of the therapy.
My background and experience is very eclectic from many years working in the media and creative industries, to working as a gardener which I still do part time.
How I work
My approach is based on my belief that we are all intrinsically whole and it is our innate human desire to reconnect to that wholeness.
A psychosynthesis perspective views that the challenges life presents itself to us are opportunities for growth and transformation. Psychosynthesis acknowledges that we are all unique and individual souls on a journey through life. We are more than our problems and our failures, and that at the very deepest levels of our selves we are wise beings seeking to express our potential into the world.
I work with an integrative approach of counselling because people are different. Ways of working includes: psychosynthesis, gestalt, psychodynamic, person centered, existential, transpersonal (spiritual) models. I also offer somatic (body), and EFT modalities. If it is right for you, some of the ways we may work will be more creative, such as drawings, visualisations, mindfullness, body movements. However, I believe it is the relationship between client and therapist that is at the very heart of the therapeutic process.
Throughout the process of therapy we will work to discover or support your internal and external resources so that the therapist is no longer needed.
I mainly see clients on open-ended contracts, but I am also able to see clients for short term contracts.
What to expect
In the first session, we will look at what has brought you to counselling and what you would like from it. I will ask some questions about your background and current life circumstances. This can sometimes be challenging for some people, so my approach is always to be sensitive around this and it is not a requirement that you must tell me your past. This is also the opportunity for you to discuss your concerns and ask questions without obligation for further therapy session. If we decide to work together, a therapeutic contract is agreed. We will discuss a mutually agreed number of sessions, (usually 6 sessions), with the option of further sessions. If you wish to continue we can review as we go along and if you wish you can give me feedback as to whether you are getting what you want from the therapy. Sessions are 50 mins in length and take place weekly.
Contact me for an initial discussion. This does not commit you to further therapy. It is a chance for both of us to explore whether working together would be helpful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London and hold a postgraduate diploma (pgDip) in Psychosynthesis Counselling.
Further to my core training I have trained in Somatic trauma therapy as well as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
I also have further training in Trans* identities and alternative sexualities with Pink therapy and trained as a creative facilitator for young people and adults.
Some of the issues that people have brought to therapy that I have experience in have included: depression, anxiety, panic disorder, stress, sexual abuse, relationship issues, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, Ill health, loss of meaning, parenting concerns, post natal depression, low self esteem, past traumas - emotional or physical, PTS/D, personality disorders, sexuality and gender identities, grief and bereavement, addictions – substance, sexual, emotional, anger related issues, work related issues.
Much of my counselling and further training has been working with clients from LGBTQ communities.
I practice affirmative therapy with LGBTQ identities and offer a respectful space where diverse relationship styles and sexualities are not seen as problematic. I welcome Trans * people pre, post or questioning transition and respect the many different possible paths the client may choose.
I also work with young people in schools and summer camps as a facilitator in emotional intelligence and youth empowerment projects.
Professional affiliations and ethics
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), one of the main professional organisations that regulate the profession of counselling and psychotherapy.
Becoming a member of the BACP means I am committed to work with strict accordance to the BACP ethical framework and code of conduct to assure you that your therapy will be practised to the highest professional standard.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Much of my counselling work is specialized in LGBTQ clients, with a large proportion of my client group from the trans communities. I work with clients within the trans umbrella, or transgender clients pre, post or questioning transition. I can support the journey of transition (if the client chooses to or not) and work with an internal integration of becoming more of who they are. In other words a more authentic self. Although I am not a gatekeeper for medical treatment, I can offer the psychological support when beginning hormone treatment, or pre and post surgery.
I also work with adult individuals that identify to non-heteronormative sexualities, such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, MSM, WSM, as well as non-monogamous relationship styles. I am kink, sex positive, BDSM friendly and aware. I practice affirmative GSD therapy, and offer a respectful space where diverse relationship(s) are not seen as problematic.
I work with a depathologising model, where I see the client for who they are, validating their self identity. I encourage clients to self define. My aim is to support the wellbeing of the client with non-judgement and promote good self-esteem and a positive identity.
My intention is to support people who have diverse gender and sexual identities in finding ways where they can find more comfortable and fulfilling lives.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
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My fees are £50 to £55 a session depending on time and location.
I accept cash, cheque at appointment and bank transfers.
I currently offer counselling in London Bridge, Lewes and Brighton.
Please note, I require 48-hour cancellation for appointments made, or else full fee will be charged. However if we can find a different time slot in the same week, there will be no extra charge.
EFT and Somatic trauma therapy
Other than an integrative psychosynthesis model, I also offer Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Somatic Trauma therapy. These modalities are widely used today for trauma based therapy work.
EFT a form of meridian tapping is a useful tool that works on regulating the nervous system and can be used for many issues, such as limiting belief patterns, negative emotions, anxiety, phobias, and addictions. By tapping on specific points of the face and upper body can release negative emotions.There is now much research into the benefit of using EFT with cognitive instruction. Current research shows that tapping on points of the body can induce a mini REM state in the brain, which reorganises how we process information. It also reduces cortisol levels, which helps with stress regulation and improves heart rate variability (HRV).
Somatic Trauma therapy works with the theories of Peter Levine and Babette Rothschild in a very safe way to process and heal traumatic experiences, involving both cognitive and somatic methods. Somatic Trauma therapy is a therapy that does not require touch, however it gives attention to both body and mind as necessary for the treatment of trauma. Improving quality of life is at the core of Somatic Trauma therapy. Attention is put into developing psychological and physical resources, as well as balancing the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
These more body and energetic therapies can be integrated into a psychotherapeutic process of counselling when appropriate, or if you the client would wish for me to include them.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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weekdays and some evenings
Types of client