I am a Consultant Psychotherapist with many years experience working in private practice and in the NHS, where I was the head of specialist service working with those with more deep seated emotional difficulties.
These are sometimes referred to as 'personality disorders', but I find this rather unhelpful and prefer to think of them as attachment difficulties, as they are directly linked to difficult early life experiences and relationship problems. These more long standing issues can nevertheless respond well to therapy given time and commitment.
I also work with other emotional and relationship problems, and offer an extended initial meeting to get a sense of what might be hoped for from therapy, and whether there might be a good relationship 'fit' in order to work together. This first meeting is without obligation and is an opportunity to ask question before proceeding. It might well be very useful to meet more than once before deciding on whether to embark on therapy.
Some people may be looking for a short term piece of therapeutic work to address a specific issue, whilst others may be aware of a tendency to repeat counter-productive patterns of behaviour in their work or intimate relationships, and are looking for some longer term therapy to make changes. In practice, the length of the therapy undertaken is in the hands of the client, and emerges from ongoing review with their therapist.
As a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist I understand the creation of a safe and supportive relationship to be the starting point of emotional work, where the degree of trust established allows exploration of the more difficult, perhaps less known or understood parts of a person's range of coping responses. The therapeutic relationship can cast new light on ways of relating, and offers the opportunity to 'practice' new skills and strategies before transposing these to life outside the consulting room.
I am a member of the UKCP, abide by their code of ethics, and work to the highest professional standards. I am also a member of Psychotherapy Sussex, a professional group of psychoanalytic psychotherapists within the region.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, registered with the UKCP, who has been practicing for 20 years.
I have worked within an innovative arts based mental health charity, The Studio Upstairs, lived and worked as a therapist within Therapeutic Communities ands held senior psychotherapy positions within the NHS, most recently as Consultant Psychotherapist leading a Personality Disorders service.
I have delivered teaching and training for a variety of psychotherapy trainings and public sector organisations, including the NHS, probation and Criminal Justice systems.
I completed my training any the Arbours Association in 2000, and have further qualifications in "Working with Personality Disorders' from the Tavistcock and Portman Trust, 'Mentalization' from the Anna Freud Centre, and Group work from the Institute of Group Analysis.
I look to bring the variety and depth of my experience to individual private practice in a flexible and creative way.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£35-65 depending on the number off meetings per week.
I also offer reduced rates for those on a low income or benefits. This can be discussed at an initial meeting.
£65 for individual meetings
I work from quiet and pleasant consulting rooms in Brighton's Kemptown, overlooking the Marina. Though there is no designated parking, the area is well served by public transport, and there is free parking at the Marina with a 5 minute walk to the consulting rooms.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have availability.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have been qualified for 20 year as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.