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About me

Hello and welcome, thank you for taking the time to consider my profile. I am a qualified counselling therapist experienced in working with people dealing with change, transition and obstacles in their professional and personal lives, including cross-cultural situations and challenges. 

I offer a professional, non-judgmental space for you to be listened to with respect and empathy. I support you to explore your issues at your own pace and in a way that feels right for you. When I work with someone, I think of what we might do together as ‘putting the big light on’: helping you to consider issues not as individual spot-lit problems but as a part of everything that you and your experiences comprise.

I have an extensive background in education and worked for many years across six countries, including the Middle East and Asia. My work ranged from primary school teaching through working with asylum seekers and refugees on issues of cross-cultural communication, change and transition to cyber security training. I also have experience of diplomatic and services family life and the challenges that type of lifestyle present, including challenges around boarding school.

Alongside my private practice, I work with clients at a private practice based in Hove. I work in person, online and on the telephone to enable maximum flexibility for those who might need to work more fluidly week to week. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am thereby bound by their ethical and professional standards. 

Please don't hesitate to pick up the phone or email me if you would like to chat through how therapy with me might work, it could be the first step you take towards helping yourself move forward.  

Training, qualifications & experience

PG Diploma Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling 

Masters, Conflict Security and Development (Int. Relations)

PGCE in Primary Education

BA Hons German and History


Care to Listen, low cost counselling, NHS IAPT service

Psychology Sussex, short and long-term therapy 

Brighton Women's Centre, low-cost trauma informed therapy 

Member organisations


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding School syndrome


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19

East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

I speak conversational German, Japanese and some Arabic.