Counsellor/psychotherapist, MBACP Accredited, BA hons psych.
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I see counselling as a relationship in which we work together on your presenting and sometimes long standing issues. I have been working as a counsellor/psychotherapist since gaining British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy [BACP] Accreditation in 1999. I work quietly and patiently with people who have arrived at some sort of crisis, be it an upwelling of anxiety, a bereavement or loss, a time of rapid change or other times of confusion when non judgemental support is needed. I am not offering life coaching, but I may make observations. I do not offer couples work at present.
Why counselling may be sought
Counselling or longer term psychotherapy can be helpful at times of loss, severe anxiety or depression, as well as times when you are looking to improve your relationships or work on unresolved relationship problems. Equally if you are feeling confused or uncertain about your life, talking it through with somebody impartial can be helpful. Problems may appear to be mainly internal, private to you, or external, out in your world, or indeed just overwhelming, unclear and mixed.
How I work
Also, see below, 'making a contract.'
The way I work is 'humanistic' with a 'psychodynamic' underpinning. Humanistic means I am client led, but at times psychodynamic work can go deeper. As well as giving voice to your thoughts and feelings, you may see how your past is influencing the way you experience the present. You can explore how your assumptions influence you, and you may want to look more closely at your early relationships, including your early family relationships, as these may be affecting your relationships now.
It can be an emotionally painful process but healing and growth are worth working for. Our work together is confidential and I do not share what you say with anybody, but I am in regular supervision as is required in my profession.
I like to do long term work / open ended work, but am also able to offer a time limited arrangement when we contact to work together for a pre agreed number of sessions.
Starting with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Sussex, I followed this many years later with a Diploma in Counselling from the University of Brighton. I completed a two year Gestalt training and was a member of Brighton Gestalt group for many years. I studied for a Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling at Sussex University and a diploma in Psychodynamic Supervision at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London.
I am an accredited M.B.A.C.P. Counsellor/psychotherapist and follow the BACP code of ethics.
I worked in the NHS as a practice counsellor for many years after training, but have been in private practice for still longer as it allows me to work long term with clients who need it. You can self refer to me for counselling.
I was a qualified and practicing Iyengar Yoga teacher for many years but have since retired from teaching Yoga.
How to contact me and making a 'contract'.
My practice is in central Hove.
You can self refer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 07890 607902. If you leave me a message I will phone you back.
My fees are up to £48 a session, but I also have several concession/reduced fee places. My therapeutic 'hour' is 55 minutes.
I either work with a time limited contract, or with an open ended contract. This, along with the fee, can be discussed and decided upon when we meet.
After our initial 'one hour' meeting, actually 55 minutes, we will make a verbal contract for our work, and arrange a regular time to meet. Sessions are usually once a week, and at a set time whenever possible.
I usually meet with clients in my therapy room, but at times we may work online via Skype or zoom or by phone. This is an alternative way of meeting if meetings in person are not currently possible due to illness or your current location.
My counselling room is on the ground floor, near the front door. It is spacious, quiet and comfortable space. Please note, I do not have a waiting room.
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
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £42.00 to £48.00
Concessions offered for
£42 to £48 per fifty five minute session, concessions are for students and low waged and unwaged clients.
I review my fees in October each year, but I do not necessarily put them up.
When I work
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.