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About me

Are you looking to change something in your life? I imagine you are here, now, because something isn’t working for you. Maybe you are carrying hurt from your past. Or pain. Or fear. Perhaps you have lost the sense of who you are or where you are in life?

Speaking to someone else may be the first step you take in changing what isn’t working for you. I understand that holding painful feelings is hard, and you may be feeling anxious about reaching out for help. My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space where you will be heard and understood. Together we can take time to work through issues in a way that is comfortable and makes sense for you. 

Client-Led 
Having trained in integrative relational psychotherapy, I call upon different theoretical approaches to suit your particular needs, whatever they may be. This could involve looking at problems as you experience them in the moment or taking a deeper dive into your past experiences. It all depends on what works for you. 

Looking at Past Experiences 
For complex issues such as early childhood trauma, depression or anxiety we can take a look at your early experiences to help understand your current issues. The attachments you had with caregivers in early life may directly influence the way you perceive yourself, your relationships and your environment; they may be acting as a template for other types of relationships in the present, such as friends, family members or colleagues. 

Together, and in a way that is comfortable for you, we will look at these attachments and understand the role they play in your life, ultimately reducing the effect they have on you and, in time, allowing you to live more in the present.

Neurodivergent Clients
I work with autistic clients and clients with related neurodevelopmental experiences, both diagnosed and not, as well as partners and family members of autistic people. 

My approach is the same as with neurotypical clients – I create a space for you, guided by you. I understand that there are many additional stresses on the autistic person in society, leading to less-than-healthy coping mechanisms, exhaustion and burnout.

Online therapy may hold advantages over face-to-face sessions – reduced stress in travelling, timekeeping, and control over your environment, to name just a few.

I understand that societal norms and modern life can be difficult for members of the neurodivergent community. Please know that this space we create together, and I hold for you, will accept you just as you are, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Training, qualifications & experience

• First-Class Honours in Counselling (University of Greenwich) 

MA in Autism (pending) - currently studying (University of Middlesex)

As an accredited member of the BACP, I undertake additional professional development on a continuous basis.  

Member organisations

BACP

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

Fees

Additional information

Initial Consultation
Please feel free to contact me by text, email or phone at any time. If you call, leave a message and I will get back to you to arrange a mutually agreeable time for a free, no-obligation 30-minute consultation. This is an informal, friendly chat where you can explain what is troubling you, allowing us to experience a sense of working together and consider the best therapeutic approach. You are welcome to ask any questions, and if it doesn't feel like the right fit for you, don’t worry! You need to find the right therapist. If you are happy to go ahead, we will set up the first two Zoom sessions and decide what you would like to explore during that time.

All sessions last 50 minutes and cost £55. I also have a limited number of sessions for low-income individuals.

Lewes, County, BN8

Type of session

Online
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