Anxieties and personal difficulties can be isolating and debilitating and it can be difficult to find someone to trust, who feels safe enough to help you in untangling difficult feelings, and who is not directly involved in your situation. Someone that can help you think about unhelpful relationship patterns, or support recovery from trauma or loss and help you feel your way through any number of complex and difficult situations so you do not feel so alone in it all.
I am an experienced Psychotherapist and practice individual and couples Psychotherapy and Supervision in Hastings. I offer a safe, non judgemental and confidential therapeutic relationship in which you can explore personal or difficult issues that may be causing you distress, anxiety or depression.
If you are in emotional pain or in a difficult situation, or have suffered a loss, bereavement, or a traumatic experience or betrayal, or just feel you need space to reflect and re-evaluate and explore who you are, therapy can provide a space to reflect and support to understand your own map of where you are and what might be going on around you. A space to step aside from the demands of others, or the stress of life, where you can feel, think and consider deeper relational patterns and how you might begin to do things differently.
Many difficult experiences can feel too difficult to do alone, and it can difficult for even well meaning family and friends to fully understand the dynamics of the situation you may be in. whether that is around trauma, abusive relationships or transitions of change. Research supports the view that the way people manage to get through a major difficulty or trauma can often be dependent on the support that they have. A confidential and insightful therapeutic relationship where you feel safe to talk and explore your feelings and your situation, can make a difference to you in both finding the map of where you, are and in finding your way through and can sometimes make a difference in your situation.
I work from a Psychoanalytic perspective as this can be helpful in thinking about problems and distress in the present that can sometimes be related to earlier experiences or relationships in our lives. The threads of this can often be found in everyday life, and understanding this can help you gain fresh insight into present relationships and personal difficulties. Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic Psychotherapists practice a 'talking therapy' and gently encourage you to explore issues more deeply without feeling criticised or judged. Therapy is an opportunity to think about how you think about and respond to lifes events, and an opportunity to explore options and different ways of coping. I am also trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and can work with this if I feel this may be helpful for you.
Research also supports the view that the level of trust and empathy between the client and Therapist is more important than the type of therapy. It is therefore important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with. On this basis I offer an introductory consultation, to enable us to meet and talk about what would be most suitable for you. I usually work with clients on an open ended basis as in my experience this is more beneficial as a deeper understanding can be gained. Alternatively, I can sometimes offer time limited counselling focusing on a particular issue. When it is agreed what would be most helpful to you, we would decide on a regular day and time each week to meet, as the therapy does need a commitment to weekly sessions for continuity.
My practice is in a tranquil and confidential environment with off road parking, and local bus routes nearby. A route finder is available on my website: www.hastingstherapy.co.u
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Reg. FPC (WPF). BPC and I adhere to the Code of Ethics and complaints procedures of these Professional bodies.
In addition to my following qualifications I am also currently completing Further Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Programme with WPF Therapy London
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London. (WPF Therapy / University of Roehampton)
Couples Training (WPF Therapy London)
Post Qualifying Certificate in CBT.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF) BACP accred.
Cruse Bereavement Training
Drugs and Alcohol Training
When considering counselling it is important to choose a professionally qualified and experienced clinician who has completed a rigorous and thorough training. I completed my professional training at WPF Therapy one of the leading Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic training organisations in the UK. It has a reputation for both clinical and academic excellence and is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), The Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FPC) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). These organisations include some of the largest professional bodies for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts in the UK and ensure the highest professional standards. You can see further details of my qualifications and Professional bodies on the link to my website above.
I currently practice in Hastings and London Bridge
I have weekly Supervision and am fully Insured.
I work with individuals and couples and some particular issues I work with are:
Organisational relational dynamics
Depression and Anxiety
Child Loss and Bereavement
Learning Disablilty and Asperger
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional and Psychological Abuse
Aspergers and Learning Disability
Depression and anxiety
Bereavement and Loss
Low self Esteem
Separation and Divorce
Individual therapy £55 - £65 for 50 minutes
Couples Therapy £80 for 50 minutes or £95 - £110 for 110 minutes
Supervision £ 70 for 50 minutes
Introductory Consultations are charged at the same rate respectively.
Introductory Consultations and Therapy sessions for both individuals are 50 minutes duration and for couples 50 or 110 minutes duration.