I warmly welcome a wide range of clients: individuals and couples, trainees for psychotherapy and practicing psychotherapists for clinical supervision. I am currently working on an online video platform or by phone as my practice premises is not suitable for compliance with Covid 19 safety regulations. When life is more normal again, I see most of my clients from my practice in the village of Poynings, just north of Brighton. I also work from the Brighton Consulting Rooms next to Preston Park station in Brighton which has full disabled access.
I am an experienced, accredited, psychotherapist and also a Buddhist practitioner. I offer a safe and comfortable space for you to bring your distress, to explore your life, relationships, values and hopes for the future. I welcome you if you feel in crisis, or are grappling with issues or decisions that you simply can't find a way through alone. I meet everyone as a unique individual whose needs and aspirations determine the approach we take. You will find out more about me and how I work below - then do be in touch with any questions you may have, or to arrange an initial meeting.
Who am I?
Coming from a background in developmental psychology and education, I trained in Psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapy (MA, UKCP accredited). My work is also informed by over thirty years of Buddhist practice, drawing upon on mindfulness, interconnectedness and compassion. I work with adults of all ages, couples, and psychotherapists in training and offer one-to-one supervision.
While my approach is grounded in Psychosynthesis (see below) I draw on attachment theory, body psychotherapy, trauma models and developments in neuroscience, analytic psychotherapy. I have substantial experience and training in trauma, especially early relational trauma; PTSD, complex PTSD and dissociative disorders; childhood neglect and abuse. I am experienced in addictions, including supporting people working through the various 12 step programmes; depression and anxiety; loss and bereavement; suicide; relationship difficulties; experience of menopause; aging, illness, transitions and purpose in later life. Many years ago I trained with Joanna Macy in 'The Work That Reconnects' - I am also interested in your concerns for the natural world and experience of ‘eco-anxiety’ as well as engagement in social or political issues within the therapeutic process.
Considering counselling or psychotherapy for the first time?
It takes great courage to go to talk to someone, especially if you feel in a state of crisis. Just being able to speak freely in confidence, to feel witnessed with kindness but without judgment can make a real difference. Such a space can offer you the safety to unfold, permission to feel, and to step more fully into life at your own pace.
From the outset, I am interested to learn about you, about what brings you here at this point in your life. I want to know how you came to be the person you are, with your concerns and passions. I am also interested in your experience of relationships - family, friends, children and intimacy; from this initial exploration we will find a path into therapy.
In the short term, we will focus on specific issues that you arrive with. Should you continue into a longer term process, a deeper story may be revealed, one that can often heal crisis and trauma and awaken meaning in your life. In time, you may well find that you are feeling more empowered and at ease with yourself.
Some of the issues people bring to therapy:
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Struggles with mental health, including mental health diagnoses
- Low self-esteem, identity crisis
- Bereavement and loss, including traumatic losses
- Relationship issues, sexuality and intimacy
- Trauma, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), abuse (recent or historic)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of meaning or direction
- Spiritual practice and creative work
Psychosynthesis recognises that our sense of calling and our soul’s deep values and aspirations are central to this work. This approach offers a valuable framework for personal growth, encouraging the development and integration of one’s personality.
Addressing personal history, including our experience of relationships, and witnessing how this impacts on the present can help us to find threads of continuity, building a stronger sense of personal identity.
Sometimes old familiar feelings and habits re-emerge in therapy; within a context of trust, kindness and emotional intelligence we can learn anew. Gradually, difficult feelings and estranged parts of our ‘self’ can find a welcome home, no longer provoking conflict in our lives and hearts.
Throughout Psychosynthesis therapy, we may include existential issues such as our search for meaning and purpose, our place in the world, and how to love in the face of transition and loss.
Couple therapy provides a safe place to hold and support a relationship in crisis - one that perhaps feels chaotic, unsustainable, life-denying or simply stuck.
Conflict and disappointment are often part of a relationship’s journey, but rather than necessarily heralding the end, such difficult phases can be transformative.
With guidance and care we can learn about our desire for love, and how we use power; we can recognise, understand and therefore discover the potential to change the painful, repetitive patterns of communication; we can open to a deeper empathic awareness of each other.
If you think this could be for you and your partner, do call me to find out more.
And if you would like to meet...
I welcome prospective individual clients to an initial meeting (£30).
For couples, email or telephone me to arrange a talk on Zoom to introduce ourselves and arrange a full one hour session together at the normal fee.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Developmental Psychology [University of Sussex]
- PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling [Psychosynthesis and Education Trust / University of East London]
- Advanced Certificate Couple Counselling ['Time 2 Relate']
- MA in Psychotherapy [University of East London]
- Registered member BACP
- UKCP accredited
I work within the ethical frameworks of the BACP and UKCP.
Additional working experience:
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression and stress-reduction courses
- Right relations groupwork
- 'Talking about Death and Dying' workshops
- 'The Work that Reconnects' - Joanna Macy / Deep Ecology
- Established Buddhist teacher and practitioner (aka Dh. Khemanandi)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trauma, from a psychosynthesis, transpersonal and Jungian perspective.
£65 for 50 minutes - individual therapy
£85 for 60 minutes - couple therapy
£30 for introductory meeting - individual therapy only
Tuesday to Saturday
I am currently working online using a video platform or phone - this is to comply with Covid 19 safety requirements. When life is more normal, and conditions appropriate, I will resume working from both Poynings - a 10 to 15 minute drive from Brighton and on the No.17 bus route - and Brighton Consulting Rooms in Clermont Road (next to Preston Park train station) where there is disabled access and facilities for wheelchair users.