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About me

There are times in all our lives when we may feel the need for a safe space to talk about ourselves, our lives, or something that is distressing us.

At the heart of counselling is a relationship that focuses on you. It is about acceptance, trust and empathy, and offers you the space and time to explore whatever you most need to. Through this relationship new possibilities and perspectives can emerge as we work together to make the changes you choose. It is my intention to see and hear the uniqueness of you, built on a belief in your capacity for growth and wellbeing.

I draw on ideas from Person-centered counselling, Gestalt therapy, TA, creativity and mindfulness according to the individual needs of each client. I often integrate brainspotting into my work, as it is profound and powerful brain-body based therapy that offers a way of meeting and processing pain, emotions and trauma that can get stuck in the body.

Having faced my own struggles and painful experiences in life, the awareness I continue to develop through ongoing counselling, training and supervision gives me the space and clarity to be as present as possible with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications.

BA (hons) Psychology - University of Sheffield 1991-94
Cruse Certificate in Bereavement Counselling - Cruse Bereavement Care
Foundation Certificate in Existential Counselling - Regents College
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Brighton University
Brainspotting - Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Mark Grixti and David Grand - London

I have 10 years of experience as a counsellor and welcome and work with clients who have a wide variety of reasons for seeking counselling, such as trauma, addictions, bereavement and loss, anxiety, or depression.

I often also work with people who feel stuck, trapped or lost, don't know who they are, have a strong inner critic, drive themselves to be perfect or please others, experience a lack of joy in their lives, never feel good enough, believe they are fundamentally flawed or feel blocked in their creativity.

I am insured and a registered member of BACP (the main regulatory body for counselling in the UK) and I am mindful of their ethical framework.

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

Within counselling sessions I often integrate Brainspotting, an innovative brain-body-based therapy that has developed out of EMDR. It works with the deep brain, emotions and experiences that become stuck in our body and prevent us from functioning and living our lives as we want to.

It is especially helpful for PTSD and CPTSD and releasing and processing trauma, whether complex developmental trauma occurring over time during childhood, or single-event trauma that has happened later in life. It us also hugely beneficial at helping us process and integrate anything we feel is holding us back.

Brainspotting unfolds and is held within the safety of a trusting therapeutic relationship and is based on empathy and attunement.


£70.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

If you would like to get an idea about whether counselling and / or brainspotting with me is what you're looking for, please contact me to arrange a free initial meeting, either face to face or over zoom.

Rates thereafter, are £70 an hour. 

When I work

I am available Monday, Wednesday and Friday and am currently offering face to face or online sessions to clients.

Further information

Please do get in touch if you are struggling during these very uncertain times and are looking for support.

Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults