Taking the first step to decide to come to therapy takes courage, the next step is finding a therapist that you feel comfortable to work with. I believe the quality of relationship created between therapist and client is key to a successful outcome. Therefore I would like to tell you a bit about me and the way I work.
I am an experienced therapist offering both Counselling and Psychotherapy in East Sussex/Kent. I am BACP Accredited and UKATA Diploma qualified. Alongside my private practice, I work in mental health clinical practice both with individual clients as well as facilitating group work. Additionally I am a school counsellor for a primary school based in Kent.
I have the adaptability to offer work on a short term or long term basis as well as the flexibility to work within a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems and more. My aim is to work in a way which is respectful of you and your needs as well as being able to provide you with challenge should you wish it and when you are ready for it.
Providing a confidential and safe environment promotes the building of a trusting relationship. By carefully listening to you, I am able to gain a good understanding of what you would like to achieve and then with your consent, we can work together towards establishing and realising your goals.
"Can't see the wood for the trees".
Sometimes we are not always clear about what it is we are looking for or what exactly is troubling us. Often we find ourselves stuck in the same rut, noticing ourselves repeating certain behaviours in life with the same outcomes and then left wondering, 'how did that happen again?'
Therapy is a unique space in which you can discover what makes you 'tick'. With the opportunity to explore yourself, the relationships in your life and how you interact with others, you will discover how you can release yourself from familiar and perhaps painful patterns. The therapeutic relationship serves to develop self awareness, harness self compassion and build resilience, enabling you to move forward and make choices and decisions about your life.
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - Aristotle
I believe we are not simply defined by a thought, feeling or action alone - in therapy we can learn how our personality is structured. Through understanding and accepting the different aspects of ourselves we can then identify how much positive and negative energy we invest in certain areas of our lives and start to redress any imbalance so that once again we can be whole.
I offer an initial 15 minute telephone consultation. This gives us an opportunity to chat and for you to get an idea of what you can expect should you choose me to be your therapist. This time will also give you a chance to ask me any initial questions you may have about me or the way I work. Currently I am able to offer online and telephone sessions as well as ‘walk and talk’ sessions if viable. I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have working in this way.
All individual sessions last 50 minutes, during our first session I will take some time to conduct a short assessment, this is important and allows me to safely assess that we are suitable to work together and additionally maximises the efficacy of our work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Although my main 4 year training has been in Transactional Analysis I am able to offer plenty of adaptability. Having attended various training and worked in different modalities , I have also worked extensively in different settings and alongside others therapists and had this has allowed me the flexibility to incorporate various approaches in my work. I use CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Relational approaches when appropriate to suit individual need.
I am always keen to further my knowledge and enhance my practice and therefore I regularly participate in continuing professional development . I am particularly interested in the development of neuroscience and how this can helpfully inform my work. I often use Body psychotherapy and mindfulness techniques to enhance and help my work with clients when appropriate.
BACP - Accreditated
UKATA Dip TA Practice
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (followed by a further 3 years clinical training in Transactional Analysis)
Foundation Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Certificate in Counselling skills
Couples Counselling Training
Children's : Attachment Disorder training, Emotional Wellbeing and Safeguarding
Neuroscience for Clinical Practice
NHS Brenchley Unit - Group psychotherapy working with P.D (Personality Disorder)
Place2be - working in primary school for 1 year + - Kent
3 years + voluntary counselling for Care for the Carers - Hastings
Little Forest Children's Centre - Tunbridge Wells - Young Adults
The Hub MHR - Mental Health Support - Group work.
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.
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.
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £55.00 to £85.00
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
I offer clients an initial 15 minute telephone conversation so that we can gain a mutual understanding of what it is you are looking for and whether I feel I can help.
My fees vary accordingly to suit my varied client basis - please enquire for further information.
Weekdays and some early evening appointments
- Full insurance
- DBS checked for working with Adults and Children
- Data Protection
- My work is fully supervised