There are many different reasons why you might be looking for help from a counsellor or psychotherapist. It may be that you are struggling with a difficult life event or are looking for support to help you manage a time of transition and change. Sometimes conflicts within our relationships become overwhelming; at these times a space in which to work through these problems with a neutral, empathic, non-judgemental professional can be invaluable and make a real difference to our lives. In these cases, and others, a course of short-term counselling (anything from 6 - 24 sessions) in order to focus on a specific issue can help you identify what is happening and support you in making the changes necessary to move on.
On the other hand it may be that you are looking for help in order to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your feelings, thoughts and emotions. You may want to make some changes to unhelpful patterns of behaviour or understand your relationships better. You may have a sense that you are not reaching your full potential either in your personal or working life. Psychotherapy aims to help gain an understanding of the present by exploring past experiences and unconscious processes and for this a longer term course of psychotherapy is more appropriate.
As a fully qualified Psychotherapist I am able to offer both short-term counselling and longer term psychotherapy to individuals and couples. I have a private practice in Tunbridge Wells and Hove and have worked for several years within the NHS. I have experience working with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. My consulting room in both locations is a private, comfortable and quiet space where you will be treated sensitively, respectfully and in total confidence.
In order for the sessions to be beneficial to you the quality of our relationship is really important. I understand how difficult it can be to seek help with emotional problems and I aim to help you tap into your own resources rather than impose my own solutions. In this way you will build a fuller understanding of yourself so that you can deal with the challenges of life and the conflicts relationships inevitably bring.
HOW I WORK
When you contact me for the first time we will set up an initial assessment session. This usually lasts for 90 minutes and during that time we will think together about the issues you are facing and what you are looking for from our sessions. After the initial session there is no obligation for you to continue meeting with me but if having met me for the first time you decide you would like to continue with therapy we will arrange a day and time on which to meet for weekly sessions. Each weekly session is 50 minutes.
I can offer session times during the day or in the evening.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained as a Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapist gaining a Master of Clinical Sciences Degree from the Kent University. I am registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists) and abide by their Ethics and Codes of Practice.
I have experience working both within the NHS and in private practice with individuals and couples with a wide variety of issues which are listed below. In addition to these I am also qualified to work with specific mental health issues including depression, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. My practice includes people who have experienced sexual abuse and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In order to work effectively psychotherapists undergo their own in-depth personal therapy. This means that I am aware of how it feels to be a client and this experience helps me to build a strong therapeutic relationship with the people who come to me for counselling or psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
My fees are charged on a sliding scale depending on your income. Fees are for a regular 50 minute weekly appointment. My full fee is £80, minimum is £60.
Daytime and evenings