I am a warm, down to earth and compassionate person, offering a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever is of concern or importance to you.
We can all find ourselves in times of difficulty, whether in a time of crisis, feeling stuck in repetitive patterns, feeling disconnected with ourselves or those around us, struggling to find meaning, or feeling like our true self has become buried. Counselling offers space to slow down and connect with yourself in the presence of another person, to be truly heard and to explore difficult thoughts or emotions. It can enable reflection on helpful or unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and relating, and welcome deeper self-acceptance and self-compassion. Together, we can help you find ways to cope, solutions to the challenges you face and a path towards a more satisfying life.
I believe all people are unique and therefore use my training, experience and intuition to work in a creative and flexible way that reflects this. Whether this is your first time coming to counselling or you have had counselling before, I will meet you where you are at and work collaboratively with you. This means that I see counselling as something that we do together, exploring together with curiosity what may be going on for you, a journey in which I will walk alongside you supportively, with openness and respect for you. I am aware that opening up can take time and be scary and will endeavour to go at a pace that is right for you.
I value the unique identity and experiences of each person I work with, and invite you to feel free to bring all of who you are into the room. I welcome you and exploration of your sexuality, gender, ethnicity, culture, race, class, disabilities, faith and spirituality, within the therapeutic space together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified as a Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, with a Postgraduate Diploma from Brighton University. You do not need to understand what humanistic counselling is to come see me! For those who would like to know more, my theoretical approach is predominantly person-centred, with a strong grounding in attachment theory and relational psychotherapy. I also draw upon elements of Transactional Analysis, Existential therapies and Gestalt. I offer creative ways of working such as a sand tray for those who want to use this mode of exploration.
Before training as a counsellor, I had extensive experience of working with people struggling with mental health or addiction, mainly within the homeless community. As a counsellor, as well as in my previous work, I have had worked with people with a wide variety of struggles, from disordered eating and low self-esteem, to existential struggles, from anxiety and relationship difficulties, to depression. I could list many other areas but what I believe is most important is that I would see you as a person rather than as just your problems.
I have completed a wide variety of trainings and am committed to on-going training and professional development. I have high ethical standards, maintaining confidentiality and professional boundaries. I am a member of the BACP as an ethical body and have a strong commitment to professionalism, whilst remaining down to earth and human!
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
religion and faith issues or crisis
I offer an initial 30 minute session for you to meet me and decide whether you would like to work together. I only charge £10 for this session to cover room hire. If you do choose to continue then sessions would be £45 for 50 minutes (with limited concessional spaces for those on benefits or students- if you are looking for a reduced rate space please let me know in your initial message).
I wish you well in finding a counsellor that is a good ‘fit’ for you. If what I have written here resonates with you and you would like to explore working together then do get in touch to arrange an initial meeting.