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BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, & Supervisor

About me

There may be any number of reasons that have led you to look at this directory: events in our past, relationship breakdowns, ongoing difficult relationships and complex family dynamics can leave us feeling hurt and confused.

Anxiety, worry, insomnia & stress may seem familiar, and perhaps you've grown used to managing them? but sometimes old coping strategies no longer work. Or maybe stress & anxiety are new to you and you're not sure how to cope?

Grief, loss and changes in life can be so vey painful and lead us to ask some big questions about ourselves, our purpose in life and what we want our life to look like? Baby loss whether due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or termination can leave deep, lasting scars that often go unseen by others.

I am happy to work long term or short term sometimes only a few sessions are needed.

I also offer Single Session Therapy (SST) an extended but once only session, to help you explore a particular problem, issue, or difficult decision. Talking can help you clear your head and find a way forward that works for you. There is no formal assessment for SST but you will be asked to complete & return a questionnaire before the session.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Brighton 2005

Cascade Diploma in Individual & Group Supervision 2010

Additional Counselling Training: Brighton & Hove Bereavement Support; Dragonflies Bereavement Support for Children & Young People; Macmillan Cancer Support; Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death); Cruse Bereavement Care; Foundations of CBT; Couple & Family Counselling; Ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Before training as a counsellor, I had many years of experience of licensed pastoral ministry within the Church of England. I am a parent and have a grown up daughter with learning disability living at home.

I also offer individual supervision to counsellors and other related professions. Please see my supervision profile for more details.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £35.00 to £45.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling: £45 (50 min session).

Single Session Therapy: £60 (1.5 hours)

Trainee Counsellors (Personal therapy during training): £35 (50 min session).

Supervision: £45 (1 hour) £55 (1.5 hours).

Supervision concessionary rates for trainee counsellors and counsellors in the first 12 months of private practice: £35 (1 hour) £45 (1.5 hours).

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Flexible appointments, Monday - Wednesday 9.30 - 7 pm

Further information

I have a large and well ventilated therapy room looking out over the garden all at ground floor level. There is one step at the front door. There are 2 steps down to the downstairs toilet but there is a handrail. There is usually plenty of free on road parking in the area.

Chairs are 2 meters apart and hand sanitiser is provided. Please bring your own water and tissues. 

East Preston, BN16

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Close to Angmering Station and 700 bus route Lots of free on road parking in the area

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In person

I believe in supervision that is honest, non-judgemental, educative & fun.

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