When I was first accredited as a BACP registered counsellor/ psychotherapist, I worked as a practice counsellor in GP practices in Brighton, as well as working privately, and now I just work privately. I work from my home consulting room in Hove, Sussex, and also online and by phone.
People seek out counselling for a number of reasons. Some clients come after considering it for months and months, others straight away after finding themselves in crisis. The presenting issues may be the tip of a much larger iceberg, but sometimes the problem is of more recent origin and less deep.
Counselling can help you understand and sometimes resolve painful relationship issues, help you with feelings of isolation, grief, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, with lack of confidence and insecurity. It can also help you manage phobias, and assist you in gently releasing unresolved trauma. Trauma sometimes resurfaces most strongly at times of extreme stress.
I work in a humanistic/psychodynamic way, allowing you to tell your story in your own words while you gain the strength to move forward with restored self esteem and a more optimistic narrative.
My consulting room is on the ground floor of my house and we will sit in comfortable chairs. What you speak about is up to you. The sessions are confidential and I work under the code of practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I prefer to meet weekly and at a set time. You will decide on the issues you choose to bring that day, and I will add my insight and understanding to yours. I aim to keep you focussed, help you find the way to express, face and bear your feelings, and move forward.
Why counselling may be sought
There are many different feelings, events and experiences that may be resolved by counselling.
You may feel overwhelmed by powerful and conflicting feelings , unable to see clearly or make decisions or move ahead in your life.
The decision to seek a counsellor or therapist is a big step, but if you feel desperate, anxious , or muddled or very unhappy, research indicates that counselling and psychotherapy can be helpful .
How I work
I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and have been accredited and practicing as a counsellor/therapist for many years.
Psychodynamic work can go quite deep, and as well as exploring your thoughts and feelings, we will see how the unconscious works, to help you understand yourself better. You can explore how unconscious dynamics influence you, and you may want to look more closely at your early relationships, including your early family relationships, to learn how these may be affecting your relationships now.
I work by listening supportively, and by using the 'therapeutic relationship'. I provide a secure framework, while you find the words to explore and express your feelings.
I read for a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Sussex and took my Diploma in Counselling at Brighton University. I then completed a two year Gestalt training and I remained a member of an ongoing Gestalt group for many years after. I later studied for a Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and subsequently took a diploma in psychodynamic supervision at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London.
I am an accredited B.A.C.P. Counsellor and follow their code of ethics.
I worked for several years as a counsellor in Doctors' surgeries for the NHS and have been in private practice since 1987.
I am also a qualified and practicing Iyengar yoga teacher.
How to contact me and making a 'contract'.
My practice is in central Hove.
You can email me at email@example.com or phone me on 07890 607902. If you leave me a message I will phone you back.
My fees are £42 a session, reviewed annually in October, I also have a few concession/reduced fee places.
After our initial meeting, if we decide to work together, we will make a verbal contract for our work, and arrange a regular time to meet. Sessions are usually once a week, and the session is for fifty five minutes. If you prefer to work online via Skype or by phone this is an alternative way.
In the initial meeting we will discuss appointment times, fees etc, and later on make a 'contract' for our work together. We will not need to decide straight away how many sessions to have. You might want to make a 'time limited' contract, for six or ten sessions at first, but you might decide to work with me over a more extended period. With a longer period of work together, the ending or conclusion of the works will be approached over several sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons Developmental Psychology.
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.
Rochester Foundation Gestalt Therapy Training Certificate.
Post Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Diploma in Supervision of Psychodynamic Counselling WPF.
BACP Accreditation in Counselling/Psychotherapy.
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.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£42 per fifty five minute session, with concessions for students and low waged and unwaged clients.
I review my fees in October each year, but I do not necessarily put them up.
Appointments available on Wednesday 10 to 6. Thursdays 10 to 6. Fridays 10 to 4. But I am available by phone or email whenever you wish to contact me.
Please telephone me or better still send me an email if you would like to make an appointment or discuss an appointment with me.
If I am not avalable to take your call, please leave a message and a phone number/email address and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
phone 07890 607902.