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MBACP accredited Counsellor and Supervisor

About me

I am an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor and can work with whatever you want to bring to counselling.  I offer a containing and accepting therapeutic relationship where we can explore together your experiences and difficulties.  Sessions may focus on the development of skills to help manage present life,  or the working through of past events or trauma and their emotional impact, and often a mixture of both with a view to opening up more choice, ease and well-being.

I work with adults and young people aged 16 plus from many backgrounds and life circumstances.  You don't have to find yourself in a crisis to come for counselling and I invite you to bring whatever is on your mind.  Some of the more common difficulties I help with include: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem/confidence, relationship and family issues, sexuality, stress, trauma, abuse, phobias, panic attacks, loss and bereavement. This list is not exhaustive and I am committed to hearing your individual experience and working inclusively with consideration of the context around you.

I trained originally in psychodynamic counselling, which focusses on recognising the impact of the past and the unconscious with a view to freeing up choices about how to be in the present. This forms the roots of how I work and I integrate this with other approaches where they might be helpful. These include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness techniques to work with distressing symptoms and habits and develop a more peaceful way of being, and Trauma-Informed Counselling to help move safely through traumatic experiences that have remained stuck. I introduce Transpersonal ideas where they feel relevant in exploring life's meaning and I underpin the sessions with a person-centred ethos of trusting each individual's pace and inner wisdom.'

I can meet with you weekly for a few sessions to think specifically about an issue or can offer longer-term psychotherapy, giving the space to explore all aspects of your life and develop greater self-awareness.  As a starting point, the expression of emotion within the context of a safe and accepting therapeutic relationship can quite quickly help to relieve distress, and the growth of self-understanding and shifts in how you relate to yourself and others can bring lasting change to how you feel and the choices you make. For this reason I consider investment in therapy to be a valuable gift to yourself. 

If you are interested in trying therapy with me, please contact me to arrange a free half-hour introductory phone or video call. If you decide to continue with me we will agree a weekly 50-minute slot that is yours for as long as you wish. I currently have daytime availability on Mondays and Tuesdays and Fridays. This can be in person or online.

I am also an experienced Supervisor and can offer supervision sessions weekly, fortnightly or monthly and provide a supportive relationship for you to explore your client work and personal processes and develop yourself professionally.

I work within the ethical guidelines of the BACP.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 1996 BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • 2009 PGdip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • 2013 BACP accreditation
  • 2014 Diploma Counselling Supervision

Training in CBT, Mindfulness, Trauma and bodywork, Working with abuse, Psychosexual and Relationship counselling,  Suicide intervention, Trans Awareness, Working with Racism, Adult and Child Protection, Addiction, Transpersonal counselling.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I offer a free half-hour introductory session by phone or video call to discuss your needs and decide if I am the right therapist for you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Friday availability is for online counselling. Other days can be in person or online.

Rock West, 8 Western Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2PG

Rock East, 270 Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 5TA

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

Please let me know if you are unable to use stairs or if you use a wheelchair and I will try to book an accessible room.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

Experienced Supervisor offering Psychodynamic and Integrative Supervision

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