We all talk to family, friends, work colleagues, and sometimes watching what we can and cant say leaves us with left over thoughts and feelings. I believe this is where counselling comes in, as it is a space where you can truly be yourself and heard in a safe and respectful way.
I am a non-directive and non-judgemental person who does not have a vested interest in changing you, your views or life choices and I believe this allows our relationship to form. My role as counsellor is not to wave a magic wand and make changes for you, instead I work with you to explore and remove barriers that are creating blocks and stopping you from living the life you want, stop you from living your life to the full or in the way you want.
The therapeutic relationship between us is unique, I work in a way which respects our relationship and will work with you at your pace. I respect how hard it can be to open up, to take a chance, to be vulnerable and in contact with another person. I work through permission giving, asking before entering into your world and respecting the boundaries between us.
Counselling is not about changing other people, about cutting out conflict instead it is a space where you can look at changes you can make and how you can make different choices. Therapy is a process of personal growth, a way of moving on with our lives in a different way; of exploring meanings; and to experiment with new ways of being.
I offer counselling for individuals and couples counselling from locations both in Hove and also Brighton. Both premises are easily accessible by car or public transport. Each has ample on street parking and is serviced by Bus or train.
I work with children and young people (from 10 years of age), adults and couples. At times we may have a specific area we would like to work on or be supported through, at other times we might feel it beneficial to have a safe, confidential place to talk. Examples of the areas some people reach out for support for:
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Anger and isolation
- Relationship problems and couple issues
- Low self-esteem
- Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
- Significant other counselling for addiction
- Changes in work circumstances
- Loss and bereavement
We all experience a range of thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, some are easier to express and acknowledge; No feelings are wrong, sometimes they help us make unhelpful choices.
As an integrative counsellor I draw from a range of modalities, I adapt my way of working to support you. Modalities I draw from include motivational interviewing, solution focused, Gestalt, TA, CBT underpinned by a person centred relationship foundation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from The Wealden Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy. My diploma included Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Person Centred approaches as the bedrock of their training.
I am a humanistic counsellor which means I draw from different approaches to create a way of facilitating sessions to support; empower and promote you to be able make choices; changes and work towards self-awareness.
I base my work on our relationship; forming a respectful, non judgemental working relationship. I do not believe I am an expert, but instead you are the expert on yourself and your life and believe that you are an individual and that there is no set way of working and will work with you at your pace and ask permission in any exercises we engage in.
- Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
- TA 101
- Certificate in Animal assisted therapy
- Certificate in Trauma
- Level 3 in Counselling skills and theory
- Level 2 in Helping skills
- Level 1 in Interpersonal skills
- Cri Drugs and Alcohol awareness training
- Trauma coexisting with substance misuse counselling
- Emergency first aid at work
As well as working in private practice I have experienced working in a range of setting including the NHS, colleges, drug and alcohol services.
I currently work as part of the YMCA Downslink Group through their Dialogue Therapeutic Services in partnership with the NHS working with children and young people between the ages of 10 and 24.
I have been a volunteer counsellor at CGL (Change, Grow, Live), formerly CRI, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services. I worked with clients who have an addiction to alcohol or substances.
I volunteered at Pavilions, part of the Cranston group within the families and carers team, working with both individuals affected by drugs and alcohol and also couples affected by drugs and alcohol.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer walking and talking therapy which takes advantage of parks, the promenade and countryside of Brighton and Hove. Sometimes being outside can be less intimidating than being in a room especially if tricky or personal issues are being discussed. After along day at work, especially if sitting down all day being outside might be another way of accessing counselling.
I also offer animal assisted therapy working with an animal either in the therapy room or at a farm with animals of your choice or you may choose to bring your own animal or pet with you into the therapy room.
Choosing a counsellor can be daunting and there are a lot of counsellors offering different styles of counselling. I offer a reduced fee consultation for us to meet, discuss what support you are looking for and see if we can work together. I may be the counsellor you choose to work with or I may not. I will also work with your to refer to other counsellors who I can recommend.
Counselling can be short term (1-10) sessions where you may enter with a specific area you may wish to look at or longer term to make changes to your life. When we work together we form a relationship and will contract to meet weekly for 50 minutes at a set time and hold regular reviews of our work together.
I offer sessions Monday to Saturday with a variety of daytime and evening appointments working from two locations in Brighton and Hove.
One to one counselling for 50 minutes £40.00
Couples counselling for 60 minutes £60.00
I also have reduced fee's for students are studying counselling and for people who are on reduced or low incomes, we can discuss this at our initial session.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their ethical framework and adhere to their values and principles as a counsellor. As part of my membership to the BACP I have made a commitment to further my training and knowledge through continuing professional development attending workshops, training days and seminars.
I have regular supervision to ensure I am working in an ethical and client centred way free from my own agenda and working with you at centre of our work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have sessions available Monday to Saturday during the daytime and also the evening.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|