- Adult therapeutic counsellor.
- Qualified therapeutic counsellor for children and young people aged eight and over, incorporating play and creative therapy.
- Working face to face in Brighton, by phone and online nationally and internationally.
I work with warmth, compassion and equity to create space for you to explore and release a full range of feelings and experiences. My role as a counsellor is to be alongside you, creating a supported therapeutic space for reflection and emotional release. We can work together to explore patterns of being and thinking that you feel a need to prioritise. If you are seeking supported challenge I will encourage you to compassionately explore alternative views on situations and offer support as you experiment with changes. I will help you to recognise your own power and find ways to live your life as well as you possibly can, including finding ways to manage stressors and difficulties which are not not in your power to control. At its most basic level counselling is a place where you have space and time to focus on yourself.
I am a qualified child and young person's counsellor and the counselling follows a pro-active approach, fitting to needs and priorities. This is a blend of focused listening, emotionally focused play, creative therapy and CBT. It offers the opportunity to access, explore and release feelings, examine how to feel safer with big feelings and respond to what is revealed. Play and creativity are primary ways of communicating and a gateway to learning more about feelings and how to manage them.
Counselling is not about being helped by someone else who suggests solutions to your problems, it is a process of discovery we make together. You may want to talk about painful experiences, feelings or deep-rooted fears. My role is to support you in taking the risk of sharing and helping you to take care of yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic counselling. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in counselling children (8+) and young people. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate. I also have regular professional supervision which supports me in my counselling and therapeutic practice to the benefit of myself and my clients.
I undertake continuing professional development in the form of training courses, lectures and workshops.
I also work in an agency specialising in counselling for addiction or those affected by addiction. Before becoming a therapeutic counsellor I worked in a variety of public sector roles including many years as a teacher. I am a parent to two adult sons and have experienced an eventful life to date, living alongside and through many of the different types of challenges that life can send our way.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Initial 15 min assessment or parent consultation is free
If we decide to work together the cost per session is £45.00 face to face. £40 online or by telephone.
I also have concessional spaces available for those on low incomes.
Daytime, evenings and weekends.
In addition to telephone and online work I am now working face to face with clients who would like this service, there will be temporary adjustment to telephone or online work in response to close proximity to covid infection.