About me

I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 30 years. I have trained, worked in and supervised in different specialist clinics, including anxiety & stress; depression; sleep problems; bereavement; alcohol; couples issues including post-separation; psychosexual. I have held senior positions in specialist NHS clinics, initially as a psychotherapist, then as a supervisor and trainer.   I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with BABCP (since 1996); and a Registered Counsellor (since 2015).  I was a Registered Psychotherapist with UKCP between 1996 and 2020.

If you are looking for a therapist who has undertaken many different trainings and who has the experience and the professional confidence to design a unique treatment for your individual needs, I can help.

I offer the benefit of extensive experience in treating and resolving distress with warmth, compassion, kindness and with humour.

The relationship between therapist and client is at the heart of the therapy process so it is very important that you feel you can trust her / him and that you feel comfortable with her/him.

I offer both short, goal-oriented counselling and longer-term psychological therapy for a wide range of difficulties, such as stress, insomnia, low self-confidence, anger and aggression, depression, anxiety, behavioural addictions, work-related problems, relationship difficulties, perinatal and parenting issues, physical illness, bereavement and self-harm. I also work with clients feeling somehow 'stuck', joyless, and who wish to make sense of a stage in their life marked by confusion and a lack of purpose.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 1989
  • Diploma in Counselling, Croydon College, 1992
  • Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, 1990-1995
  • Diploma in Psychosexual and Couples Therapy, University of Manchester, 1997
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology, London Metropolitan University, 2002

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BABCP

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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).

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Older Adults' issues; people with Long Term Conditions.

Fees

Additional information

My fees reflect the breadth and depth of my clinical experience, my qualifications as well as the fact that I have the skills and expertise to help you to achieve the best outcomes in the shortest time.

My fees are reviewed and adjusted annually.

The current fee per session is £70.00 for self-funding clients (these are negotiable in some circumstances). Medical insurance rates may vary.

Fees are payable each session, either by BACS, cash or by cheque to suit.

If you are claiming on your medical insurance, it is important to ensure that you already have an Authorisation Number to give me before our first meeting. Also, it is important for you to be clear whether you are covered for the services you require and whether there is an Policy Excess or any exclusions.

My cancellation policy is explained in my Terms and Conditions which I send when we first agree to meet.   Please be aware that Insurers never pay for missed or cancelled sessions so these would need to be paid by you.

Availability

Tuesdays 9 a.m to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays 6p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday mornings.

Further information

My website address is www.cbt-eastbourne.co.uk

Clinic Of Natural Medicine
69 Meads Road
Meads
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN20 7QL

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Ferga Robinson

Ferga Robinson