Maybe you're reading this feeling worried, sad or depressed about something or somebody. Maybe you're anxious or afraid. Maybe you have a problem in a relationship with your partner, a friend or a member of your family. Maybe you're trying to come to terms with something very important about yourself or with a big change in your life. Or maybe you are worried about aspects of your behaviour, perhaps related to alcohol, drugs, sex, self-harm. These are some of the reasons people come to see me, either on their own or together with a partner or other family members or friends. Whatever your issue, counselling really is worth a try.
I'm not a silent, 'inscrutable' kind of counsellor. I'm ready to give opinions and advice if you ask for them and to answer questions about myself and my own life experience. We can work together on solutions and strategies. But, on the technical side, I am fully qualified and accredited to work with individuals, couples and family groups. I have a very wide experience over many years and I have particular experience in work with relationships, family issues, sexual identity, loss and bereavement, spirituality and with issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. I work from home in Ovingdean, a couple of miles east of Brighton City Centre.
Counselling is above all else an experience of being held, understood and listened to that is rare to find anywhere else and it is often this that makes the difference. It is about relationship. You need to feel safe and okay with me before we start on any sort of therapeutic journey together. I've been in therapy myself. I know what it feels like. I know it can be scary and daunting to get started. I have some ideas by now of what works and what doesn't, what's helpful and what isn't. Do come and find out.
There's easy parking nearby. Coming by bus involves a 15 minute walk from the A259 coast road or from Falmer Road (frequent buses) or else a bit of planning to use the hourly number 52 Big Lemon bus that actually comes into the village. There is secure cycle parking.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, ALL SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY ONLINE (VIA ZOOM OR SKYPE), ON THE PHONE OR BY EMAIL.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in family and systemic psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic)
Relate Certificate in marital and couples counselling
Diploma in Supervision
Senior Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and accredited by United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a member of the Association for Family Therapy (AFT).
I have a very wide experience over many years and I have particular experience in work with relationships, family issues, sexual identity, loss and bereavement, spirituality and with issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. I have worked as a counsellor for Relate, Brighton LGBT Switchboard, Terrence Higgins Trust, CAMHS, St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney and in private practice. I also have extensive prior experience as a family social worker and social work manager.
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.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
LGBT issues. I strive to offer a gay-affirmative service and have extensive experience of working with people who identify as lesbian, gay or LGBTQ+ on a range of issues, including issues of sexual identity.
Spirituality and faith. I have experience in this area and am very happy to work with issues related to religious faith or wider, more 'existential' issues related to life's meaning and purpose.
Concessions offered for
£70 couples and families
Sessions last 60 minutes
However, if you are really hard up and really need some help, please contact me and discuss. When there's a real need, I'm sometimes prepared to work on the basis of a voluntary donation or even for free.
When I work
Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1.00pm to 7pm
I am also UKCP registered and am a member of AFT (Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice)