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MBACP | Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

About me

My aim is to help you explore experiences that you are troubled by so you can live with more ease. Perhaps there is a specific issue in the short term you want to overcome, or maybe it's more open ended and you want to reconnect with yourself and make deeper contact with where you are. Whatever is going on, it can be difficult to do it all alone, which is why I offer an open environment where you will be heard and supported to express your desires, fears, hopes and disappointments, and be curious about how and where they affect you.

The approach I take to therapy is embodied, relational, and influenced by existential and humanistic philosophy, while also recognising the way in which we are shaped from our early life experiences. However my focus is on giving you the space and time to bring the issues that are important to you now: this could be a lack of meaning and direction in life, an absence of intimacy with others, unfulfilling relationships, difficulties with sex or sexuality; bereavement, traumatic memories that feel stuck and immovable, or struggles with anxiety and depression. Equally you may feel unclear and this is just as significant a place from which to begin.

In each meeting there will be an opportunity to openly explore together experiences that may feel intolerable, unbearable, or even unknown. Making contact in this way can feel quite radical, especially when these channels for relating and thinking about ourselves and others are so often closed in our day-to-day lives. However, it not only offers the possibility of living more creatively, but also the potential of a more meaningful, fulfilled life with the freedom to choose.

Training, qualifications & experience

EXPERIENCE

I've worked in a variety of clinical settings including national charities, local low cost therapy services and as an honorary psychotherapist within the NHS. I also have experience working within an IAPT service and so understand how difficult it can be to heal and transform in manualised treatments (CBT) that invariably leave little space for the complexity of who you are.

QUALIFICATIONS

PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton

Level 2/3 in Counselling Studies – CPTA

Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 (Trauma Therapy) – BSP UK

Embodied-Relational Therapy Adv. Diploma (Relational Body Psychotherapy) – Ongoing

Critical Existential-Analytic Psychotherapy – SAFPAC – Ongoing

I have also engaged in further experiential training: exploring community and psychotherapy for a year at the Philadelphia Association and authentic movement (and it's relation to the brahmaviharas) at the Karuna Institute. Fundamentally my interest is located in two things: how we find our voice in the world with others and how we inhabit and express our bodies together. The ongoing relationship here, its joys and challenges and its significance for how we live our lives sits at the core of my practice.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I have a limited number of reduced cost spaces for students, the unemployed or those on low income. Check with me regarding this.

Each session will be for 50 minutes, usually weekly.

When I work

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Evenings and some daytime.

160-162 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2AD

Brighton, East Sussex, BN1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Skype
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