1, Wilbury Ave
I am a fully accredited Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist with twelve years' experience within the public, voluntary and private sectors, including nine years at Hove Priory.
Being an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist means that I utilise aspects of several different psychological approaches (Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive- behavioural, Solution- focused and Creative Arts) to suit the varying needs of each individual client.
I practise short or longer term individual counselling/psychotherapy; the former often focuses on identifying values, problem solving, goal setting, time management, stress management techniques and relaxation.
Longer term work tends to focus on unconscious processes linked to low self - worth that may be causing barriers and sabotaging progress of any nature. This may also involve exploration of early relationships and/or past traumas that may be affecting the present situation.
I am a warm, empathic person who can offer you a safe, confidential space in which to explore your issues, at your own pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B.A Hons English Literature with Drama
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling
- B.A Hons, Post-Graduate Diploma Counselling
- Cert. Analytic Group Psychotherapy
- MBACP Accredited
- UKRCP Registered
I am also a registered Therapist with Bupa and Simply Health
I initially trained in the arts, gaining a B.A hons degree in English and Drama; subjects that remain important to me today as I believe that creativity in any form can aid the healing process.
I then became more interested in psychology and human relations, and completed a post-graduate diploma in Counselling, which focused primarily on the humanistic theories. (Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional-Analysis).
Following this I did a year's certificate in Analytic group psychotherapy, which gave me more knowledge and insight into the Pychodynamic way of working, and highlighted how profoundly our early relationships and experiences can affect our present situation.
I worked for several years counselling in a project for offenders with poly drug-use, where I did a short course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I then increased my knowledge and experience of this particular theoretical orientation whilst working at The Priory in Hove.
During my employment at the Priory I have also run extensive groups, including the following:-
- Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Practice
- Explorative process work/general support
- Managing depression/anxiety/stress
- Building confidence and self-esteem
- Assertiveness Training
- Food and mood
I also have experience in dream-work and am interested in how dreams can inform and direct us in our personal development.
I have completed a course in Mindfulness meditation, and believe that engaging with this can benefit the therapeutic process.
In addition to the above, I have experience in counselling parents of children with learning disabilities/behavioural difficulties, as I have worked at Sea-side View Child Development centre at Brighton general hospital.
I adhere to the BACP guidelines, undertaking regular supervision and continued professional development courses/seminars.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
I charge £45 per session (50 minutes)
I am based in Hove, very close to Hove railway station and the main bus routes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday and Thursdays
Types of client