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MBACP (Reg) PgDip

About me

Life can feel hard - even overwhelming at times - but it doesn't have to stay that way. Often, people find talking to someone who understands can help to shift difficult feelings and allow them to fully engage with life once more.

There are many reasons that people seek counselling and psychotherapy; perhaps you feel stuck? Perhaps you are anxious, angry, depressed, or in emotional pain? Maybe you notice your relationships are unsatisfactory, they always follow the same pattern? Or maybe life, with all its demands, is just grinding you down? Spending some time exploring these issues with a trained counsellor and psychotherapist can offer clarity, insight, and relief

I offer a safe, nurturing, confidential and compassionate space for you to explore your material. I take an integrative approach, pulling on many modalities to suit your individual need, and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from The Psychosynthesis Trust. Throughout our work together we may bring in bodywork, breathwork, visualisation, drawing, subpersonality work, mindfulness and many other creative ways of capturing and symbolising how it is to be you in the world. We will work with what you bring into the room and what occurs between us to understand, deepen and transform your experience. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), adhere to the BACP Ethics and am fully insured.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from The Psychosynthesis Trust, I am a member of the BACP and attend fortnightly clinical and peer-supervision to deepen my practice. As well as my own private practice based in Brighton & Hove and London, I have worked as an honorary therapist at The Psychosynthesis Trust in London and I continue to support practice sessions for trainee counsellors there currently. I volunteer for RISE, a Brighton & Hove charity working to eradicate violence against women and girls, leading a supportive network of enterprising women to support survivors to recover through action. I have over twenty years of experience supporting survivors of abuse and people with multiple disadvantages; working both in the statutory and third sectors.

I am passionate about the benefits of therapy as it has been instrumental for me in navigating my own life's challenges. Walking alongside a warm, understanding and compassionate therapist, who was able to see my potential when it was lost to me and navigate me successfully through the quagmire, was pivotal. I hope I can do the same for you.

In 2011, I received a Winston Churchill Memorial Award to travel to the US to explore radical and innovative community responses to the issue of domestic abuse. I have a keen interest in mindfulness, Buddhism, yoga, somatic and trauma-informed practices, as well as ecotherapy and nature-based therapies. I am also fascinated by the power of imagination, creativity, and mythology in the pursuit of wholeness.

Through undertaking my own pilgrimage to feeling at home in the world; I whole-heartedly believe that anyone can achieve a sense of belonging. I look forward to walking alongside you for a while on your journey to re-connect to yourself and to the wider world.

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

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

After an initial free 15-minute phone chat, our first session is an opportunity for you to explore your key issues, ask questions about the process and clarify what you want to get out of our time together. If it feels right to work together, we will contract for a period of time and review after 6-8 sessions. Some people will want to engage in short-term work, focusing on one key issue, whilst others might want to spend longer exploring their core issues and their emerging purpose in life.  The choice is always yours. My fee is £60 per 50 minutes session and I offer online or face-to-face sessions from my therapy room in Fiveways, Brighton. 

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Brighton, Sussex, BN1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults