C/O Absolute Massage
53 Portland Road
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I chose to become” Carl Gustav Jung
We are all unique individuals, with our own particular awesomeness and experiences, that guide us in the approach we take in life. Both positive and negative experiences impact on us. Sometimes in a good way that makes us grow as individuals and sometimes in a negative way, perhaps as a result of a traumatic incident, experience and/or event. But we all ultimately hold the strength and resilience within us to shape the person we want to be and make the life we want to lead.
Therapy is not a magic wand.
Therapy has, however, been shown to reduce anxiety and build resilience, offering support and empowerment at the same time.
I am an Integrative Therapist which means I see each client as individual and unique, each with their own set of histories, life experiences and journeys. I offer a safe, confidential space where together we can explore issues, and work collaboratively towards the identified goal. I offer warmth, empathy and a non-judgemental approach, but may also at times offer gentle challenge. I work creatively and integrate elements of different therapeutic approaches.
Therapy is a journey and one we embark on together. As your therapist I am not the expert but your co-pilot.
I offer both short and long-term therapy. It really depends on you and your needs, but as a standard I offer all clients six sessions initially, during which time we can establish how you would like to proceed. Once you have contacted me to inquire about therapy, we will meet for an initial session at Absolute Massage (therapy room), Hove. This session usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and is free.
An initial session with me gives you the opportunity to meet me and ask any questions you may have. I believe the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to the process, so it is important that you choose a therapist you feel you can connect with. It also gives me a chance to meet you and get a feel for what you would like to get out of therapy. The initial session is not a therapy session. It is your first step to making a change in your life and a really important one, so well done for doing so. The first step is always the hardest, and once you have met your therapist you will realize that we are just as human as you are.
We will also look at the therapy agreement, which covers client confidentiality and sets out what our expectations might be from one another, as client and therapist.
The therapy sessions after that take place at the same day and time every week and I charge £35 per 50-minute session. I do offer a sliding scale of rates to any clients who might be on a lower income.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at The Centre for Personal and Professional Development, London (2002-2005)
Other training includes:
Working with Survivors of Child Abuse
Safeguarding Young People
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Working with Attachment and Boundaries
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
Person Centred Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
As part of my commitment to professional development I undertake regular additional training.
The belief that there is a connection between body and mind dates back to ancient times (mens sana in corpore sano – a sound mind in a sound body) and it is a belief that underpins my own core values and approach in life. The body-mind connection also underpins the way I work as a therapist and coach. Having had a career both in the sporting and wellbeing sector, I find that working with clients holistically and being able to offer them a 'platform for conversation' of their choice, is not only empowering for the client but acknowledges that we are all different and will therefore feel comfortable in different situations. For some clients, running offers that platform. For others, it may be in the form of a workshop or a group with like minded people. As such, I put great emphasis on connecting with how the client wants to work, ensuring they can feel as safe and as comfortable in doing so.
I also believe the environment we work in is important. The Therapy Rooms I use at Absolute Massage, are private and spacious, and at the same time very ambient and relaxing, enabling clients to really feel at ease from the outset. There is parking right outside, at £1 an hour.
I am currently a Life Coach in training and also have an interest in Ecotherapy.
I have my own practice where I offer both therapy and running fitness, as I am also a qualified Personal Trainer. I currently also work as an honorary counsellor at The Dialogue Centre, in Hove.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I attend regular clinical supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Initial Introductory Session Free
Follow on sessions (weekly) £35 per session
Offer reduced rate to clients on low income
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays (9:30-2:30), Tuesdays (9:30-1), Thursday eves and Friday (9:30-2:30). Some weekend availability