Thank you for taking the time to read my counsellor profile.
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. Essentially we proceed at your pace.
I have worked with people experiencing a range of issues including those related to anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, experiences of abuse, low self esteem, sexuality, bereavement and loss 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.
I recognise that it is not possible for everyone to attend for session at my therapy room. This may be the case for people with a disability. It is important to me that everyone has equal access to my therapy, and therefore I offer sessions to people in their homes if they so wish. I appreciate that one's home is a very personal space and therefore I am happy to speak on the phone prior to an initial visit. I also offer sessions over the zoom platform.
I appreciate that sitting opposite a therapist in a room may not work for everyone and therefore I offer walk and talk sessions if preferred.
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 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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£40 per 50 minute sessions for individual therapy. Negotiated concessions available for students OAP's and those on low earnings.
£45 for sessions lasting one hour for couples work.
£50 per one hour session for eating disorders work.
When I work
I am available Tuesday to Saturday inclusive starting at 9am with the final session starting at 6pm. 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