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Psychotherapist, Group Analyst, Supervisor, Msc, UKCP, IGA

About me

About Me

I am a qualified psychotherapist, group analyst and clinical supervisor with long-standing experience working as a therapist over many years with a broad range of clients in the NHS, higher education, community services and privately. I am experienced and interested in working with social differences including those relating to culture, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender and disability. I offer counselling and psychotherapy short-term and long-term to individuals and groups.

Why counselling or psychotherapy?

There are many reasons why anyone might seek counselling or psychotherapy: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, repeating unhelpful behaviours; past and/or present traumas, difficulties and challenges that can feel overwhelming. You may be struggling with a generalised anxiety disorder or low mood.  You may not know what the problem is or it might be something very specific. You might have general feelings of dissatisfaction with life, low self esteem or confidence. You may be overwhelmed by despair, anxiety, depression. Whatever is troubling you, people usually seek help when things have become too painful and hard to manage in the way they're used to.

It's also at these problematic times that we can also feel at our most ready to make important changes. I see my work as a therapist as providing a confidential and professional relationship which endeavours to support, understand and help my clients develop in themselves and their lives.

Individual Counselling or Therapy/Short-Term or Long-Term

I offer short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals.

  • Short term counselling is usually focussed on one or two specific issues or themes. We agree a broad aim to this work. Generally the aim would be about making a helpful change and improvement in the person's life or situation.
  • Long-term therapy is often open-ended, i.e. we review as we go along and give time to prepare for an ending if we decide to stop. Long-term therapy aims to explore the whole person allowing all aspects of their lives, relationships, internal thoughts, feelings, and experiences both past and present, to be explored. The aim is to help make permanent changes internally as well as externally.
  • Sometimes people start with a short-term counselling contract and then decide to go on to longer-term therapy.

Group Psychotherapy

I run a weekly psychotherapy group on Thursday evenings. The fees are on a sliding scale of £22-35. Group sessions are for 90 minutes.

Group psychotherapy is particularly effective with ongoing relationship problems and patterns, low-self esteem, anxiety, depression and  questions around identity and belonging. Groups can also help with social anxieties

For more information about group psychotherapy please see the following links


I provide supervision and consultation to organisations, teams and individuals.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Key training and qualifications

Qualified Group analyst and psychotherapist - Full membership of Institute of Group Analysis

Qualified psychodynamic counsellor  - MSc in psychodynamic counselling  (Birkbeck, University of London)

Qualified clinical supervisor - PG diploma clinical supervision,  ( Society of Analytical Psychology)

Specialist Knowledge and Experience

My work over the years as a counsellor and therapist in various contexts means I have broad experience in many areas of psychological difficulty, for e.g. depression, anxiety, relationship issues, recent and childhood trauma, transitions, abuse, stress, etc

I have experience and interest in working in the area of gender and supervise counselling and therapy for individuals identifying as trans.

I am an experienced and qualified supervisor, working with counsellors in a range of settings. These include LGBT, sexual assault, HIV, sexual health, private practice, primary care and higher education.

I have experience of working with young people and in particular with students

My current work as a therapist in higher education means I’m particularly   
familiar with issues such as writing blocks, perfectionism, and procrastination.

I am also a Group Psychotherapist and work with a range of therapy groups.

I also have a particular interest in the individual's relationship to groups - in particular the family. I place importance on the social background and history of my clients, and believe that individuals need to be understood in relation to their context.

As a group analyst with a training background in working with organisational dynamics I can provide consultations and support to staff teams and key roles in organisations

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

sexual assault
study problems


Additional information


If it's useful to you, we can initially have a brief discussion by email or telephone about what your key concerns are and to establish logistically whether we are able to find a time to meet.

We would then meet for an assessment/consultation. This is for 50 minutes and costs £50 if seen at Ruskin road and £60 if seen at The Drive.

Individual Therapy

If we agree to work together the fee would be agreed between us. Currently my fees range from £50 - £70 per session for individual work if seen at Ruskin road, and £60-90 per session if seen at The Drive. The ongoing individual counselling or psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes and normally weekly

Group Therapy

I am also running a psychotherapy group in central Hove and the fees for being a group member in this group range from £22-35 a session. Prior to joining the group you will need to have some individual sessions. Usually 3 sessions are sufficient but this may vary according to previous therapy and group therapy experience along with other factors. These individual sessions are charged at my normal rate - see above.
The psychotherapy group session is 90 minutes and weekly.

When I work

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Further information

I work in two locations. Both practices are based in Hove.

Practice 1 - Ruskin road. This is a three minute walk of Aldrington station. There are parking meters in the street.

Practice 2 - The Drive. This is in central Hove just off Church road. It's close to many bus stops and a 5-10 minute walk from Hove train station.

The psychotherapy group will run at the practice on The Drive on Thursday evenings.

Hove, East Sussex, BN3

Brighton And Hove, EAST SUSSEX, BN3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person

I have been working as a clinical supervisor in a range of settings since 2003.

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