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Adolescents/Teenagers & adults counselling

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile.

I am an experienced Person-Centred/ integrative counsellor, offering both short and long-term counselling to adults and young people/teenagers age 13 + either face to face or online. Some of the most common problems I help with are:

  • Generalised anxiety/stress
  • Social anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low mood
  • Suicidal thoughts/self-harm
  • Sadness, grief & loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anger/frustration
  • School/college/work -anxiety/stress
  • Trauma/panic & fear
  • Childhood trauma/abuse/neglect
  • Relationship/family issues
  • Disordered eating
  • Neurodiversity/ADHD/Autism
  • Parenting challenges

This list is not exhaustive.

I believe that the diverse and sometimes difficult challenges I've faced and overcome in my own life have given me true insight into myself and others. Through my personal and professional experiences, I have developed a genuine belief in the healing potential of a trusting relationship between two human beings.

How can my counselling approach be helpful ?

It might be that you are struggling to make sense of things or see a clear way forward and I appreciate that it can sometimes feel difficult to open up to family or friends for fear of feeling judged, not meeting others expectations of you, or being offered unhelpful advice. This can can hold us back from being able to freely express our genuine thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

My approach values and trusts that you know yourself better than than anyone else does. My warm and empathic nature allows me to offer a safe and supportive space where I will invite you, at your own pace, to open up about things that are troubling you.  I don't believe in a one size fits all approach and so it is important that  I work collaboratively with you, where, together we can look at the different things that may impact on how you are and what you do in a way that suits your needs.

My role is not to offer you my advice or make my own assumptions or judgements about your experience, however I will bring my knowledge and experience to help you make connections with all aspects of your-self, so that with this understanding you can begin to heal and feel empowered to make changes and choices in your life that are best for you.  I believe that with the right help people have the potential to thrive as opposed to just survive.

Training, qualifications & experience


FdSc Degree qualified, Person-Centred Counselling/therapy University of Brighton.

Level 1-3 qualification in therapeutic counselling.

In addition to my professional qualification I have undertaken & completed training certificates in :

  • working creatively with children and young people
  • working with anxious teenagers
  • working safely & ethically with clients at risk
  • self-harm & suicide
  • trauma
  • childhood trauma & neglect
  • loss and bereavement
  • working with men 
  • neurodiversity
  • relating in depth
  • anger
  • setting goals in counselling
  • neuroscience (mind and body connections and the way our brains work).
  • Focusing (working with the way we feel things in our body).
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • Existential Therapies


Present - Working in private practice with adults and young people age 13+ with a a diverse range of issues, on a one to one basis in Eastbourne.

Present -  Working as a counsellor for The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust, mental health service in Eastbourne.

Previous - School Counsellor at Claverham Community College in Battle.

Previous - Volunteer Counsellor at 'Holding Space', an organisation based in Eastbourne, supporting families who may be experiencing or living with mental health difficulties.

Previous - Bereavement counsellor, working with children and young people age 6-18 as part of the therapeutic team at St Wilfrid's hospice in Eastbourne.

Previous -  working as a counsellor in a residential school with young people age 9-18 with a range of complex, social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). This means I am trained and qualified to a required standard and abide by their code of ethics and framework of good practice. This includes attending regular supervision.

I am covered by professional liability insurance and enhanced DBS checked.

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 £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer an initial 15 minute phone conversation so we have the chance to have a chat and for you to get a feel for how it might be working with me. This will give me a clearer idea if I think I can help you. 

 Session Fees - £40.00 to £50.00

Sessions usually last 60 minutes and take place at an agreed time each week. However it may be that 50 minutes is more suitable for some young people - this can be discussed in the first session.

I offer both short and long term therapy - the number of sessions will vary according to your needs.

I offer a limited number of contracts at a negotiated, reduced rate dependent on a persons circumstances.

When I work

Daytimes & Evenings available

Further information

I appreciate that making that first step in looking for and choosing a counsellor can feel quite daunting and is a very personal thing. Please take a look at my website for more information about the way I work and If you have any further questions or would like to contact me to arrange an introductory session for you or your child, I welcome enquiries via phone, text or email. (I aim to respond to email enquiries within 24 hours).

Eastbourne, UK, East Sussex, BN21

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Please note: My therapy room is accessed via a flight of stairs.