My approach is practical, collaborative, measurable and cost effective (as few sessions as possible), I always respect people for their courage in making the decision to seek support and understanding in their particular situation.
My practice serves people in Surrey, West and East Sussex, Kent and London delivering the service in Brighton & Hove, East Grinstead, West Hoathly, Forest Row and Ardingly.
Most people can be helped in 4 to 6 sessions although some people need only one or two and others with more complex difficulties may require more. The aim is to help you in as few session as possible.
Specialist areas: Stress; Depression; Anxiety; Panic Attacks; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Sleep; Problems; Phobias; Addictions; Relationship Difficulties; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Chronic Pain:Seasonal Affected Disorder
A free 20 minute phone call is the first point of call, to gain an understanding of what you are dealing with and if appropriate an appointment can be made in a day or evening at a time that is convenient to you. I always measure progress at every session and tailor the therapy to the unique needs and characteristics of each individual.
Therapy sessions last for 60-90 minutes and the aim is to ensure you feel better before you leave.
If you would like to have someone accompany you to the session, there are waiting areas in each of the locations where I work. I can also travel and make home visits if needed.
Training, qualifications & experience
- HGDip P
2003 to 2015 - Manager of Business Action On Homelessness, Brighton & Hove
Working in partnership with businesses and housing services to provide opportunities for people who have been affected by homelessness to gain sustainable independence through work. Providing group training, 121 coaching and counselling and action learning groups as a resource to support individual’s progression.
My broad range of experience gives me an understanding of the many stresses that can be in our lives and an open minded attitude towards the ways people have coped with these. This experience ranges from training as a visual artist; setting up a group studio and gallery space with other graduates; to freelancing in arts management with museum and galleries in the South; going on to provide business consultancy to creative businesses; being a director of two social enterprises, youth worker; project managing youth audience development; learning the craft of Stand Up (very scary!); developing and delivering workshops and courses and councelling for over 12 years managing a project working with people affected by homelessness.
Other professional activities
2008 Mentoring, a Solution focus approach P/T
2007 Work Focused Coaching course Business Community Partnership P/T
2006 Counselling Skills for non-councillors Relate Brighton
2018- to date: Chair of Plot 22 a space for communal gardening and outdoor cooking opportunities, with seasonal celebration events, outdoor skills sharing workshops and facilitated away days for staff teams or groups
2015 – 2018 St Peters & St James Hospice, a rolling programme of sessions for patients and carers on Managing Sleep
2008-2010 Neighbourhood Care Scheme, a befriending project for people isolated in their homes.
Human Givens Institute
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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Concessions offered for
Most people can be helped in 4 to 6 sessions although some people need only one or two and others with more complex difficulties may require more. The aim is to help you in as few session as possible.Therapy sessions last for 60 – 90 minutes and the aim is to ensure you feel better before you leave.
Sessions cost £75 for one hour or £90 for an hour and a half. The first session is for 90 minutes and those following for 60 minutes. In certain circumstances staged payments can be arranged, just let me know. There are concessions available for those on income support, senior citizens and students.
I use recognised outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy. This will help both of us keep track of your progress.
An initial no charge 20 minute phone call is available, which can be arranged by calling 01342 442 305 or emailing if you prefer.
I have a full enhanced DBS disclosure and am also registered with the update service. I am also registered with the Information Commissioner as a data controller(for the purposes of providing therapeutic services) under the Data Protection Act 1998.
I have full professional indemnity insurance and am a member of the Human Givens Institute and abide by their code of ethics.