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About me

*Online and telephone only during pandemic*

How I work-
To put it simply, I listen. Really listen and hear you and reflect my experience of listening to you. There are lots of reasons for coming to see a counsellor or psychotherapist. Every client is different, so I aim to adapt the way I work to each client. The thing that doesn’t change is creating a space which facilitates listening and really being heard and held. My approach is based upon exploring how you are experiencing a problem and further exploring this together, particularly focusing on emotions. Sometimes I will use metaphor to explore difficult emotions safely.

What areas I specialise in-
I have a particular interest in working with clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression following a traumatic event in someones life. In particular I have an interest in exploring the link between mind and body, within which I aim to help the expression of the physical elements of anxiety and depression, which can be difficult to find the right words for

My further training and experience has given me a wide insight into varying complex mental health issues and diagnoses such as PTSD, anxiety disorders, personality disorders plus many more.

Initial meeting appointment-
Before agreeing to work together, we can meet together, so we can discuss what brings you to therapy and what you’d like to achieve, which lasts for approximately 30 minutes. It is also a chance for you to ask me some questions. This gives us both an opportunity to see if we work well together. There is no obligation to continue coming after this appointment. Choosing a therapist is a big decision, as the research suggests that the most important factor in counselling or psychotherapy being affective is the relationship between client and therapist.

On-going appointments-
What to expect from me- Counselling works best when we work together. You can expect me to listen and together we can further explore what has brought you to counselling. My aim is to explore the meaning you make from your concerns. I believe that although we cannot change what happened in the past, we can explore the meaning you are making of that today.

Counselling is most beneficial when we see each other on a weekly basis, so therefore I would ask for a commitment from you to attend for weekly sessions. I offer both long and short term therapy- this varies on a case by case basis. I would suggest that we start off by working together for a minimum of 8 sessions. Alternatively I offer "open ended" therapy. Endings are very important within counselling, so I would expect us to work towards ending.

Getting in touch-
You can get in contact with me by phone, text or e-mail. I will aim to respond within 24 hours. I welcome having a short chat on the phone if you have worries about coming along to counselling.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can call or text me on: 07951035411 or click here to send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

Clinical experience

I have worked with a wide range of clients which has given me a varied listening experience both within private practice and in an organisational setting. I work within a council funded organisation as an experienced counsellor, which includes assessing clients. Within this role, I have worked in a group setting as a co-facilitator, specialising in drug and alcohol issues.

Training and qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling- University of Brighton (BACP accredited course). This masters level course covered modules in human growth and development, ethical practice, research methods, critical perspectives, applied clinical practice.

Master of Science in Psychotherapy- University of Brighton (UKCP accredited course). This course covered: Psychotherapy Practice and Models of Change, Complex Presentations in Psychotherapy, Systemic Interventions: Theory and Practice (Family therapy), CBT and the Relational Paradigm and Dissertation- research completed into the impact on the therapeutic relationship when the client is caring for a person with dementia. 

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic pain, pain management, living bereavement, dementia (carers), suicide bereavement, psychosomatic issues

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

On going appointments: £50 per session (50 mins)- a discount is available 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Ideally we would meet at the same time each week for either an agreed period of time, or open ended. 

Further information

Although I am working online and on the telephone during the pandemic, I look forward to returning to face to face work when possible. However I would continue to work in which ever way is best for you, online, face to face or in person.

High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3GG

233 New Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4EE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Hove only The room is on the ground floor. There are no steps up to the entrance of the property. However there is a small ridge on the threshold of the front door. A manual wheelchair would be ok. There is a toilet but it is not wheelchair accessible.

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