Counselling for Anxiety, Trauma/PTSD, Autism/Aspergers, Parent/Teens, Family Issues, Depression. LGBTi and Autism affirmative
I am a qualified and experienced Person Centred Counsellor, with additional training in working with Trauma, Suicide prevention and Applying neuroscience to therapy. I am a registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and attend regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development.
I am ok to sit with people in chaos or stuckness and I am not afraid to be afraid, or to walk into a dark place. I support people to safely navigate difficult emotional or traumatic histories, reconnect and add to their inner resources and develop self compassion and resilience.
It is important to me that people feel welcome and able to work at a pace that suits them. I provide a space of genuine empathic understanding and I hope you will find me a warm and approachable human being.
I work via Skype/Zoom or from a quiet therapy room near 5 ways, Ditchling Road, Brighton. See 'further information' section below.
Some Autistic people and their families find me via the Hendrickx Associates website at http://www.asperger-training.com/ . Otherwise, please contact me by text, telephone or email. I will then arrange a suitable time to meet via Skype/Zoom, call or in person, for an initial half hour session, charged at £15.00. The initial session is to get a sense of the ‘fit’ for working together, answer any of your questions and to explore what you would like from counselling.
About the way I work
People come to counselling to be able to talk through their thoughts and sometimes difficult feelings or trauma symptoms. In order to speak openly, they need to trust the counsellor; to feel safe and not judged. So, my first focus is to create a supportive therapeutic relationship.
Carl Rogers, the founder of Person-Centred Counselling, suggested that three conditions were necessary to create a 'therapeutic relationship'.
Empathy - that you feel that I deeply understand your individual experience.
Congruence - that I am genuine in my relationship with you and you feel able to trust me.
Unconditional Positive Regard - that I do not judge you for whatever they bring to sessions. In these ways you should feel warmly and fully accepted.
In providing these 3 conditions I work to create an environment that enables you to feel safely connected to me and begin your healing journey.
The next step is to help people to build up resources; including sharing and practicing ideas to ‘put the break’ on or stabilise unpleasant symptoms of trauma such as anxiety, panic, overwhelm, obsessive thoughts or behaviours, low mood, numbness or feeling on ‘auto-pilot’. If people would like to and when they feel more resourceful and stable, we can move on to process specific difficult or traumatic events. This enables the pieces of their story to fit into a life narrative that makes sense and feels ‘historical’.
My practice is guided by Judith Herman’s ‘3 Stages of trauma recovery’.
Stage 1: Safety and Stabilisation
I first focus on increasing clients sense of safety and stability. This includes identifying and increasing client resources and sharing and teaching psycho-educational techniques to manage body felt symptoms of trauma or anxiety. Clients develop their own ‘toolbox’ of resources to be practiced outside of sessions.
Stage 2: Trauma processing
Once you have the skills to manage your trauma or anxiety symptoms and if you are sufficiently stable we move to phase two which is about processing what happened. The work of stage two includes:
- Reviewing or discussing the impact of the trauma to lessen the intense feelings and physical symptoms
- To consider the meaning of traumatic events on your life and identity
To process grief about unwanted or abusive experiences
People are diverse in terms of what they want and need, so I can integrate Person Centred counselling; particularly close empathic listening with ideas from neuroscience, awareness of child development models and attachment styles, Gestalt chair work or IFS to integrate ‘parts’ of self and if clients find useful, opportunities for Art based creativity and sand tray. I may share or recommend relevant and supportive Youtube films, books, poetry or other resources.
Stage 3: Moving on from trauma
The third stage of recovery is about reconnecting with people or animals, finding meaningful activities and consideration of other aspects of life; bearing in mind the changes you have made during therapy. This may include exploring new purpose, spirituality, learning and moving forward to the next chapter of life.
Walking Sessions and letter writing
If you prefer to work in nature or ‘outside’ the usual room based therapy environment, I am happy to discuss 50 minute walking sessions in the vicinity of my therapy room. I am open to discuss working by email or therapeutic letter writing. Whether in a room, by Skype, letter or walking outside I aim to work alongside you and at your pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Higher National Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to their ethical framework and attend regular clinical supervision.
I have undergone additional training in Suicide prevention, Trauma training and Systemic training to work with families. I am currently completing a year long Diploma in Applying Neuroscience to Therapy.
I began practicing as a Counsellor in 2004 and have worked with a diverse range of clients including:People affected by sight loss and blindness, people affected by HIV, as a school counsellor with Young people aged 11-19 and for a Brighton based low cost counselling service for women.
I worked for 4 years as a counsellor for Mankind UK with adult survivors of sexual assault and rape and have been in private practice counselling adults, families and young people for 12 years.
As well as being a counsellor; I am a qualified and experienced family mediator; with 9 years experience working with couples divorcing, separating or dissolving civil partnerships as well as parents and teens.
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
Appointments are for 50 minutes, on the hour
I work on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday- from 8am-6pm (final appointment).
£15.00 initial half hour session for new counselling clients
Individual sessions: £50.00
I offer 2 £40.00 concessionary slots per week. Both slots are currently full.
Concessions offered for
Appointments are for 50 minutes, on the hour I work on Monday, Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Fridays between 8am-6pm (6pm is the final appointment).
Sessions are usually available within a week and take place via Skype or in a quiet, comfortable therapy room located at Five Ways, Ditchling Road, Brighton, next to St. Matthias Church.
Easily reached by car from the A23/A27 and is regularly serviced by buses 26/46 from central Brighton.
London Road BR Train Station is within walking distance and on street parking is free.
Access is via a downstairs side entrance; with one small step into the building. Toilets are located on the ground floor.
If you would like to book a session or find out more, you can contact me by calling on 07411328597 or by completing the form on my contact details page of my website www.brightoncounselling.org
I look forward to hearing from you.