Whether it be anxiety about the future, experiences from our past or distressing events happening in the present, anyone can find themselves dealing with difficult feelings and situations that make life harder than it often already is. My approach to counselling acknowledges the fact that we all see things differently and that each individual experience of the world is to be valued and respected. There is no ‘correct’ way of going about life and I believe it is my responsibility to meet you where you are with total acceptance; collaboratively building an equal, trusting and supportive relationship. At the heart of my approach, the therapeutic relationship is the means by which we can make sense of confusing, difficult and frightening experiences. I hold that counselling can offer a transformative process of healing and growth through a relationship of real human contact and acceptance.
The most important thing for me in counselling is genuine human connection; to experience your uniqueness and work with you to in a collaborative way that is tailored to your needs. I draw on Existential, Gestalt and Person-Centred ideas working holistically to see the whole person as a combination of mind, body and their relationships. This can lead to working with experienced sensations within our body, emotions and thoughts as they arise in the moment to make an active and creative counselling experience. This offers a chance to increase our awareness and understanding to the way we live our life and opens up a space to consider and create new possibilities.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have graduated from Brighton University with a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy and am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have worked in national organisations, providing counselling for Cruse Bereavement Care as well as for doctors and nurses in the NHS. Through this and my private practice I have a wide range of experience working with diverse individuals and issues. In addition to working at Palmeira Practice, I run a counselling service for adults and young people under 30. I also work with children’s services for the Brighton & Hove City Council at the front line of safeguarding and welfare concerns for under 18s.
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £20 for the first 50 minute session, this is a chance to meet and for you to experience what counselling with me will be like.
My fees for all sessions thereafter is £45.
A concession rate of £35 per session is offered to university students with a valid student ID card and college students in receipt of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.
Short term options are available, please see my website or get in contact for further information.
I am committed to supporting and broadening my understanding of diversity and the issues surrounding it at all times. This is not only a professional endeavor, but one that comes as a person who believes we are all equal and all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity so often denied minority groups. Throughout my practice I have formed strong, trusting relationships with young people through to the elderly, a wide range of ethnicities, different sexualities, genders and income levels. I believe it is important for me to continue to acknowledge my own privilege, and am committed to continue learning and developing my understanding of the discrimination and prejudices that exist within cultures.
I am able to offer both long and short-term options as well as concessions for university students with a valid student ID card and college students in receipt of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.