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(FdA Person Centered Counsellor, Ph.D Expressive Arts)

About me

Is something in your life not quite right? Do you have a pressing problem you want to go away? Maybe you find yourself at a crossroads, unable to move ahead. Or feel that you are ‘going through the motions’ in a detached way. Do you sometimes find yourself subject to strong emotions that sabotage your plans? Do you need a helping hand, some structure to help you to move forward, some shelter, guidance, insight or challenge? 

I have worked extensively with people encountering significant life changes and transitions; also people wanting to repair themselves from traumas, such as lockdown or childhood bullying for example, who are now suffering from anxiety, depression and other problems. 

I truly believe that this one life of ours is worth living fully, honestly and as free as possible from limiting patterns, beliefs and behaviours that we have inherited and that hold us back. I am convinced therapy can bring significant changes: more vibrancy, greater acceptance of self and others, more freedom from destructive patterns, better relationships, and less anxiety; changes that are likely to have a long-term impact. I want to help my clients towards a life full of personal meaning, of choice, creativity and truly responsible decision-making, until the time that they feel able to walk alone or with a well chosen life partner. 

I offer a secure sanctuary to explore your emotions, your struggles and your deepest secrets. Under my calm, curious and experienced gaze you are free to bring any aspect of yourself. In a typical 50 minute session you find yourself moving from present life situations into your past or into more unfamiliar states. Together we will gently unpick your actions and reactions, your physical symptoms, your dreams and your emotional states so that you can understand yourself and your many aspects with compassion, and evolve a life that truly suits you. Our sessions will shed light on your deeply hidden blueprints and barriers and allow you to understand the roots of your behaviour. I will shelter you as you process your past hurts and angers, and free yourself to enjoy, perhaps for the first time, your life. 

What next?
Please call or email me to set up an initial chat where we can discuss what you want to get out of therapy; if you wish to continue we will then set up a second session, before arranging to meet weekly.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor with a postgraduate certificate in art psychotherapy. I have a Doctorate and a Masters in expressive art. I am trained in working both face-to-face and online and I offer both traditional 'talk therapy' and/or we can work more 'expressively' if you wish. Sessions may take place on zoom, on the phone or in person.

I have worked in schools, prisons, drug and alcohol services. As well as working privately, I currently work for an inner city low cost counselling service that helps people with depression, phobias, low self-esteem, panic attacks and anxiety as well as other painful issues. I am a professional member of the BACP and follow their guidelines and ethical framework. Before retraining I was a professional artist and university lecturer, working and exhibiting in the UK and abroad.   

For me personally, embarking on therapy many years ago represented a turning point that profoundly changed my relationship with myself, the world and the people around me. Looking back, it was a courageous move that signalled my first step towards becoming truly open to others and to my own vulnerabilities. Rilke writes, 
"Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet 

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

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From £40.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

My online consession fee is £40 per 50 minute session. 

Further information

I can offer either remote sessions on zoom or phone or face-to-face sessions in Eastbourne and  Lewes. The Gather Rooms in Lewes are lovingly created healing spaces set within an old farm building and surrounded by nature. Skylights maximise the amount of natural daylight coming into the rooms and a mix of indoor plants, cushions and rugs help to create a sense of warmth and safety.

10 Station Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1BE

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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