I am a person centred counsellor working in Eastbourne.
I endeavour to provide a safe, non judgemental and confidential space within which one can explore painful and difficult issues. Whatever you are facing I can assure you that you will find me to be a sensitive and solid presence.
As a curious and interested companion I will work with you whilst simultaneously being sensitive to the pace at which we proceed.
I have worked with people experiencing a range of issues including those related to relationships, experiences of abuse, low self esteem, difficulties relating to sexuality, anxiety, depression and feelings of suicide.
I am a specialist eating disorders practitioner with experience of working with people suffering with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and obesity.
My philosophy, consistent with the person centred approach, is one which values each person as a unique individual with unique experiences, who, with the support provided within a counselling context has the capacity to find her or his own way forward. I passionately believe in this way of working and the respect it affords to those with whom I work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling awarded by the University of Brighton and am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am a trained supervisor offering person-centred supervision. (Please see my supervision profile).
I hold a Diploma for Practitioner Skills For Eating Disorders and an Advanced Diploma for Nutritional Interventions For Eating Disorders both awarded by The National Centre For Eating Disorders.
I worked in a school for more than a year following the completion of a conversion diploma in adolescent and schools counselling at The Metanoia Institute in Ealing.
I have an advanced post diploma in couples counselling.
I hold a Foundation certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I have experience of working in a range of settings including the NHS where I worked for 19 years with people experiencing severe and enduring mental illness, including psychosis, severe stress, depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder. It feels important to stress however, that I do not respond to people on the basis of any label acquired through mental health services, but rather as human beings with unique experiences.
I have combined experience of more than ten years within the voluntary sector spending seven years working with people experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings and intent.
I have previously worked for three years within an organisation providing information, support and counselling for young people aged 13-25.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£35 per 50 minute sessions for individual therapy. Negotiated concessions available for students OAP's and those on low earnings.
£40 for sessions lasting one hour for couples work.
£50 per one hour session for eating disorders work.
I am available Tuesday to Saturday inclusive starting at 9am with the final session starting at 7pm. The duration of sessions is 50 minutes and one hour for couples therapy.
I work in Central Eastbourne at The Printworks, 1 Commercial Road, BN213XQ