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Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Registered Member BACP

About me

Welcome.

I can help you to live your life in a more fulfilling way and to make the changes you want for yourself. I offer a free introductory session where we can discuss the way forward.

Anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction are issues that I am particularly experienced in working with. In today's fast-paced world it is all too common for individuals to feel anxious, confused or depressed. Sometimes these feelings can lead to further unhealthy behaviours such as addictions or compulsive behaviours.  

I am very experienced in helping clients with issues of trauma, abuse and neglect, particularly in childhood. I have a comprehensive understanding of the effect of abuse on an individual, family and society. My sensitive and empathic approach creates a safe environment where clients can feel able to explore their deepest hurts.

I have 20+ years of experience in working with clients with drug and alcohol issues and I have knowledge of various treatment models including harm minimisation and the 12-step philosophy. As a self-employed counsellor, I work for Sussex Breakeven, a franchise of GamCare, providing counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling and have an understanding of the prevalence and treatment of gamblers.

I have experience counselling individuals who have experienced trauma through their line of work, for example, emergency services personnel and medical staff. I offer a safe space in which to explore ways to manage traumatic memories or incidents and to be forward moving. I have counselled many people struggling with work-related stress and difficulties managing a work-life balance.

I am a lecturer in Counselling at East Sussex (formerly Sussex Downs) College; teaching courses from Level 1 to BSc (Hons). I also teach Substance Misuse Awareness, Confidence Building and other personal and professional development courses.

Please feel free to email me and arrange an initial session free of charge and without obligation. We can use this time to meet each other, discuss my way of working and identify areas you might like to explore in therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Community Psychology (studying)
  • BSc (Hons) Open, First-Class Honours
  • Diploma in Counselling (University of Brighton, 2006)
  • Relapse Prevention Training
  • Mankind UK Sexual Abuse Training
  • Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (Cruse, 2004)
  • Certificate in Education (University of Brighton, 2014)

I have attended dozens of short courses and workshops over the past decade including: Safeguarding, Couples Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Empowerment, Risk Assessment, Trauma Work

Recent research interests:

In a counselling service for problem gamblers, how can therapeutic interventions be delivered to meet the specific needs of frequent returners? (Dissertation)

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relapse Prevention (Addictions)

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Fees

From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I have a sliding scale for fees and ask clients to choose what is affordable. 

Concessions are negotiable. 

When I work

In-person sessions available Monday evenings and Fridays days/evenings.

Telephone/Zoom available other days/times.

COVID risk assessed office.

Eastbourne Town Centre, 25 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, BN21 4PX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Key details

I am currently unable to offer home visits due to Government legislation restricting visitors in the home.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Person-centred supervision in Eastbourne or online.

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