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UKCP; MBACP; M.Clin.Sci.; MSc

About me

I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Psychodynamic Counsellor. For the last sixteen years I have worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. Some have come to me in distress, following difficult experiences, some have come to explore where they are in their lives and where they want to go.

Therapy is about you - I am there to support and work with you to explore and to understand, to journey together in a space that is safe and secure.  I have a particular interest in the ways in which people's past affects their present -  but this does not mean we have to talk about your past - you will bring what is important to you at the time.

I also offer Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) which is particularly useful for people experiencing distressing images or post traumatic issues.

I am recognised for work by AVIVA and by AXA healthcare insurance companies.

Although most people will come for a number of sessions you are welcome to come for one session, or for several years. Each of us has different needs and expectations.  Because of this we will talk about your expectations and hopes in the first session.

Most of my work is face to face but I am also able to offer video therapy, using Skype or another, secure web browser based system. If you are interested in this please contact me to discuss it.

If you feel lost, if you think counselling may help - or if you are unsure - please ring me and we can talk about whether it is the right thing for you at the moment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters in Clinical Science in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the University of Kent and an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have worked for the past seventeen years with children, young people and adults.

As well as being in private practice I am a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton, where I run the Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I have previously worked as a therapist for a charity working with firefighters, as a clinical supervisor for Chichester Counselling Services, and was Director of the Waymark Counselling Service in Canterbury and a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University for five years. I have also been employed as a counsellor and clinical manager by several organisations, including Barnardo's, Family Service Units and Thanet Counselling Services.

I am a registered member of UKCP (United Kingdon Council for Psychotherapy); the Forum for Independant Psychotherapists (FiP) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within those organisations' ethical guidelines.

I believe that we are all influenced by the relationships we have had in the past, as well as by those we have in the present.  The development, and the loss, of relationships affects how we are able to cope with stress and difficulties.  I work by listening to the issues you bring, sometimes asking questions, sometimes making suggestions. Because these are your sessions you may ignore me, disagree with me or, hopefully sometimes find my thoughts helpful.     

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & 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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Identity, self-esteem, confidence, sexual identity, childhood issues, childhood experiences, family issues

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Additional information

I offer an initial session for £25 - giving you the chance to think about how we could work together, if you think you would like to work together and to talk about the issues you would like to explore.

Continuing sessions usually cost £60

If you do not think that you will be able to afford this please do contact me and we can discuss it at our first meeting. 

When I work

I am able to see people on weekdays during the day and in the evenings.

Further information

If you feel that talking to someone might help the next step is to contact me. If I am not available I will contact you back as soon as I am able to.

I will ask you for some information about your address, where you heard about me, and the reason you feel counselling would help.

As soon as I can I will offer you an initial appointment - this will give you the chance to talk in more detail about what is happening for you and to ask any questions you have about the way that I work or counselling in general.

Brighton, Sussex, BN2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I offer online sessions which can be utilised by anyone who finds it difficult to come to face to face sessions


In person

I am an experienced supervisor, having worked with organisations and in private practice offering supervision to both groups and individuals.

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