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PGDip, MBACP

About me

I offer a safe, supportive, consistent and confidential relationship that is there in service of your self-understanding and growth. I view this relationship as a space in which familiar patterns, expectations from others and ways of thinking about oneself are played out and can be explored and processed. I encourage my clients and I to be bold, open to each other and share our subjective experiences of the relationship. This way of working gives a here-and-now focus to the difficulties you are experiencing that, whilst challenging, opens up your immediate relational awareness and has led to the deepest insights in my clients. 


Informed by existential ideas, my approach considers the importance of creating a meaningful life for ourselves. Existential thought makes aware that we all live in an uncertain world, are responsible and free to make choices for how to live and resolves that you can do something yourself about your situation. I will not come into the sessions armed with the expert knowledge to take control, but rather get into this struggle of living with you to help you make sense of it. My approach is to support you to find your own personal sense of meaning and the inner resolve to endure and overcome your uncertainties to make new choices.

I also work with humanistic ideas and believes in everyone’s fundamental capacity for growth and holism. I have a social-constructivist approach, which means that we all have our own individual, lived experience, and reject ideas of there being a ‘normal’ or consensus reality. I position you as the expert on your own experience and work with our awareness the felt-sense of and connection to our body. My approach allows for creativity, experimentation and adds a vibrancy to the therapeutic encounter. I will welcome and accept you as are you in this moment, with all your strengths and weaknesses, whilst holding on to the belief that healing, growth and change are possible for you.


Practice Information
I am a part of the Crescent Practice in Brighton, located on Montpelier Crescent. This is right next to Seven Dials and a short walk from Brighton train station. 

I am able to offer both in-person and online sessions. 

Open-ended and short-term options are available and this can be discussed during a free initial session to see what would work best for you. 

Please note that I do not to offer fortnightly counselling sessions. 

Alongside private practice, I also work in colleges in Brighton and Bexhill and have extensive experience working with people between the ages 16-25. 

Initial Meetings
I offer a free first session, with no obligation to continue, in order to see if we are a good fit for ongoing counselling. It is a chance to get to know each other and see what emerges between us.

In this session we will go over a 'working agreement' that sets up the container within with we will work together. We will also talk about any previous experiences of counselling you have had, what was helpful and what was not, and discuss any expectations, hopes and fears about counselling that you have. 

This will usually take around 20-25 minutes and then I suggest that we then trial working together for the remainder of the time so that you can actually experience what counselling with me would be like. 

At the end of the first session we agree a time within which to let me know if you would like to continue or not. 
 

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Qulifications:

Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, PGDip

CPCAB Counselling Skills, Level 2 Certificate

Experience:

Dv8 College, Brighton & Bexhill: College Counsellor - Current

Private Practice - Current

NHS, Worthing Hospital: Staff Counsellor

Cruse Bereavement Care, Brighton: Bereavement Counsellor

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Initial Meetings - Free with no obligation to continue

Full Fee - £45

Student Fee - £35

All session are 50 minutes long. Short term options are available, please see my website or get in contact for further information.

When I work

Please contact for up to date availability.

The Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3JF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom

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