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MSc Pg Dip BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) UKCP, MBACP

About me

I am a fully registered UKCP Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and couples counsellor experienced in working in the NHS and private practice currently practicing in locations around Surrey and Sussex including Brighton and Hove. Approaching therapy can be daunting; I offer an empathic, non-judgemental space in which to explore the issues that challenge us.

Modern pressures can affect the way we live our lives and leave us feeling anxious, unsatisfied, and overwhelmed, sometimes it can be difficult to share these feelings with those closest to us. Working with our early experiences and how they influence our current lives can be valuable in understanding how we feel at the moment and our patterns of relating with others.

I offer open-ended and time-limited therapy in 50 minute sessions for both individuals and couples and suggest a free introductory telephone call can be a valuable way for you to decide what would best suit your goals for therapy. My approach is a humane and open exploration of current challenges and how our previous life experiences particularly those of childhood contribute to our patterns of behaviour in order to be free to make choices that will enrich our lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

UKCP Full Clinical Psychotherapist

Registered Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Graduate Member of British Psychological Society

MSc Psychotherapy - University of Brighton

Relate Certificate in Relational Counselling

PG Diploma Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling - University of Brighton
BSc (Hons) Psychology: First Class Honours - Open University

Continuing Professional Development:

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology- University of Roehampton: Ongoing.

Victim Support - I have considerable experience working with victims of crime and trauma.
Autism- I have worked extensively with individuals diagnosed with ASD and their families.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am particularly experienced in reproductive issues around fertility, termination and miscarriage, childhood and parenting.


Additional information

Individual therapy: £45-£55

Couples' counselling £60-£70

Introductory session £35

Free introductory telephone conversation.

Horley, Surrey, RH6

Worth Corner, Crawley, RH10 7SL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My clinic is on the ground floor and generally accessible, however, the doorways may be too narrow for some wheelchair access.