Sometimes we feel lonely and isolated and find it difficult to talk about our feelings and fears. Events and experiences in our lives can throw up hurdles and challenges which are difficult to negotiate. We may feel we lose direction, and sense of our own identity and purpose. The people in our lives may not be able to offer us the kind of support we need.
I have worked extensively with clients suffering with depression and anxiety, often helping clients when they decide they wish to stop taking anti depressants. It is common for me to work with individuals with relationship issues, whether that be with a spouse, partner, family member of friend. I have worked with many clients that are survivors of sexual abuse and therefore have a clear understanding of what it is to work with both historical and current trauma. I really enjoy working with adults and young people alike. I have had the pleasure of working with student counsellors as they complete their university counselling course, which is always a fascinating journey to be part of.
If you decided to see me for counselling sessions my first priority is to create a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment, so you are able to explore the issues or decisions important to you. My role is not to advise you what to do, it is to listen to your concerns and build a trusting relationship, so you can begin to gain clarity and acceptance.
I believe the relationship that develops between a client and counsellor is the key to therapeutic change which is why I feel it is important that we connect before you commit to therapy sessions. I offer a 30 min, free of charge online initial session so you are able to meet me and decide if my approach will be suitable for you.
I am an experienced and approachable, fully qualified humanistic counsellor. I currently work in private practice where I see individuals on either a short or long term basis, depending on requirements. I am happy to discuss your individual needs on the phone, or via email, before we meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from Brighton University and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework. I have access to therapy rooms in Lewes, Brighton and Hove and also work online.
I continue to expand my training by regularly attending short courses and training days. I have gained certificates in transactional analysis (TA101), trauma counselling with adults and working with childhood trauma, Surviving Sexual Violence, eating disorders, specially anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Working with sand tray. Spirituality and counselling. Difference and diversity. Art therapy.
This is a snap shot to the more recent trainings.
As well as working in private practice I have worked as a school counsellor so held a CRB certificate. I also worked at the As You Are Centre in Southwick. The clients accessing these settings provided me with invaluable experience working with a broad age range, with diverse issues and concerns.
Many of the clients I have had success with have been struggling with relationship issues. Sometimes with their husband, wife or partner, sometimes it is with parents and children. I believe counselling can help you see what you need from relationships and the best way forward in your given circumstances.
I have extensive experience working with survivors of abuse.
I have also worked for many years in the private sector, where I trained staff and consulted with senior management. I therefore have gained insight to the stresses faced by all levels throughout a business.
I currently work with a number of local businesses offering sessions to individuals. These sessions are designed to help the staff work through work related stress issues as well as addressing aspects of their personal life which could be impacting their daily working life.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
- My fees start at £50 per 50 min session
- £35 for training counsellors
- Bespoke corporate packages available
- I have a number of low cost spaces available
- Free off road parking
My typical day is from 9.30am to 3.30pm, however I have some flexibility especially for online sessions, so please ask if these times don't work for you.
I returned from living and working in New York in July 2021. I have worked cross culturally both in the UK and of course in the USA. My time working in America has given me a broader perspective on many aspects of life, both on a personal and professional level. Being in America at such a difficult moment for the country allowed me to examine my values and bias in a way I wouldn't have been able to do without living there through the 'me too', 'black lives matter' movements, and of course the pandemic.
I have experience working with adults and young people dealing with:
Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Addictions (including Drug & Alcohol), Depression, Fears, Bereavement & Loss, Trauma, Relationship issues, Low Self-Esteem, Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Child Related Issues, Stress, Work related issues, Eating Disorders, General Counselling.