I am a counsellor and art therapist with 10 years experience in private practice, working in central Brighton and Peacehaven. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and abide by their ethical framework. I have monthly supervision.
As a counsellor, I work from a Person Centred perspective. This means that I believe that you are the expert on your own experience: I will not try to analyse you, judge you, or solve your problems for you. Instead, I offer empathy, understanding and unconditional positive regard in order to provide a safe and supportive space for you to explore your issues, thoughts and feelings.
I see counselling as a dynamic, collaborative process and believe that building a therapeutic relationship is central to the process of growth and change. To facilitate this, I believe in being honest in the therapy relationship, whilst always taking responsibility for my thoughts or feelings when I share them with you. Part of building a relationship will be finding ways to work together that feel right for you.
I work in an experiential way. This means I work with whatever comes up for you in the mind and body (emotions, thoughts, feelings, and the 'felt sense'). I can also offer various techniques that you may find useful such as focusing, chair work, parts work and art/creative therapy. However, everybody is different, and I will be led by you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained in a degree-equivalent qualification in Art Therapy at the Instituut voor Klank en Vorm in Zutphen, Holland in 1997, and a foundation degree in Person Centred Counselling at the University of Brighton in 2009. I have completed a variety of other shorter training as part of my continuing professional development.
As a counsellor I have a great deal of experience with a wide variety of issues. The issues I have worked with include: relationship and family issues, divorce, bereavement, infertility, suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide, major life changes, life-related and work-related stress, disability and illness, debt, domestic violence, sexual abuse, anger issues, addiction, ageing, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. In addition, I have 20 years of professional experience working therapeutically with people with a variety of mental health problems, including in inpatient settings. This includes 7 years providing one-to-one support in the community to people in who had survived a recent suicide attempt, or who were bereaved by suicide.
I am an experienced therapeutic group facilitator and run therapy groups when there is sufficient demand. I also offer supervision to counsellors and counsellors in training. I am also available for counselling in your home for people who are unable to get to the counselling rooms. If you are interested in these please contact me.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
I offer an initial 30 minute consultation for £10. It's important that you feel you are working with the right person. I encourage you meet a few counsellors before you make a decision, and there will be no pressure to make that decision in this initial session. If you decide to work with me, I charge £40-£60 per 50 minute session, based on your assessment of your ability to pay. I offer a concessionary rate for long-term counselling, including for counsellors in training.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evening and daytime sessions available.
Types of client