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MBACP (reg)

About me

I am a Humanistic therapist, which means I believe in your innate ability to think for yourself, to grow, develop and heal. I'm warm, authentic and sensitive, and I'll support you as you explore and bring about the changes you want to make.

Counselling can be hard work, and sometimes, you might feel sad or frustrated. We might also laugh, or talk about what brings you joy. I'll welcome you without judgment, whatever you wish to explore.

My training includes Solution Focussed Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I combine these models so that I can offer therapy that's tailored to you. Often it's enough just to talk, to hear yourself out loud and be understood by someone else. If it's useful to you, we might sometimes work with creative techniques, like drawing or writing, or we might explore how you experience emotion in your body, as well as your mind.

We'll focus on whatever feels helpful for you. You might wish to explore how your history or childhood affects you now, and perhaps question old beliefs or patterns of behaviour. You might need compassionate support, or space to talk about what's happening for you right now.

I'll also be sensitive to any contextual issues you want to look at, whether they're day to day, existential, political or environmental.

At the start of our work, we'll talk about what you'd like to get from counselling. This might be something very specific or it may be more abstract. It's also fine if you don't know what you'd like to achieve, or don't want to work with any kind of goal in mind. I want to be as useful to you as possible, so from time to time, we'll take a look at how you feel our sessions are going.

I bring my real self to our work and I'll be alongside you, to notice, reflect, listen, empathise and on occasion, gently challenge. I'll offer you a safe and confidential space to explore the changes you wish to make. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional qualification

  • Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling (Wealden Psychology Institute)

Counselling positions

  • St Barnabas Hospice, Goring
  • New Road Psychotherapy, Brighton

I have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Bereavement
  • Transitional life events
  • Chronic pain
  • Life-altering illness
  • Depression
  • Challenges of young adulthood

I have also worked in a non-therapeutic role with women who have experienced domestic abuse.

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have substantial experience in working with young adults.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person or telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £50 a session.

I offer an introductory session in person or on the phone, for free. Please either email me, or click on the Introductory Calls section at the top of my profile to arrange this. Our first meeting is a chance for me to find out more about you and what you'd like to get from counselling. It's also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to see if you feel I'm a good fit for you as a therapist.

When I work

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Other appointments may be available on request so please do get in touch. 

Further information

I offer counselling at two locations:

New Road Psychotherapy, Brighton is conveniently located in the centre of Brighton and the rooms are bright and welcoming.

New Rd Psychotherapy, Hove is our new, beautifully decorated building in the middle of Hove. 

Both locations are easily accessible by car, bike or public transport. 

Sessions are 50 minutes at the same time each week.

New Road Psychotherapy, 28 New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UG

New Road Psychotherapy, 8 The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3JT

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom