I am an experienced person-centred counsellor that can also work experientially. I will work with you on any issues you choose to explore. My aim is to create an environment where you can feel accepted, respected and safe to talk about whatever you want to, without feeling judged. I aim to understand you as if I am stepping into your shoes and seeing the world through your eyes.
I have experience and can work with you on a range of issues including: Anxiety, depression, trauma (including birth trauma), bereavement, loss, self-esteem, stress, addictions (including drug/alcohol), anger, family/relationship issues, gender/sexuality, self-harm and eating disorders. I can work with children and adults.
I am a registered member of the BACP and support my practice through regular supervision, training and development. My work is grounded in the BACP ethical framework, which contains the standards and principles for therapeutic practice.
I can offer creative and expressive ways of working, such as with art materials, stones, clay, symbolic objects, creative writing, story-telling, sand tray, imagery and visualisation, collage/scrapbooks, journals including art journals and play therapy. The decision whether to make us of any of these experiential and other integrative person-centred ways of working is always yours. At every stage of the process you will decide how far and where you want to go.
If you would like any more information, without obligation, please feel free to give me a call, or send an email and I will be happy to discuss this with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
COUNSELLING EXPERIENCE: I have practised as a counsellor in a range of therapeutic settings, including: with children and young people, counselling carers through a leading carer’s charity, a drug and alcohol charity, a charity supporting addiction recovery, vulnerable people facing homelessness and domestic abuse, and a placement working within the NHS (including perinatal counselling). I have also been trained and have experience working from a solution-focussed approach.
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified person-centred counsellor at Bsc (Hons, first) degree and FdSc degree from the University of Brighton (both BACP accredited courses) in Person-centred counselling. Advanced certificate in counselling skills (Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural therapies).
ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I am currently working towards accreditation with the BACP. I am fully insured and hold a current enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring service) certificate.
CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT includes: Drug & Alcohol training, Safeguarding, Child abuse & neglect, Non Violent Communication and Equality & diversity.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Perinatal / Postnatal depression
One to one counselling £35.00 (50 minute session); Couples counselling £45.00 (50 minute session); concessions are available for students and anyone unwaged/on a low income.
If you would like the opportunity to discuss my way of working and identify areas you might like to explore in therapy (free of charge and without obligation), please do not hesitate to contact me.
My hours of work are flexible and include daytimes, evenings and weekends.
My hours of work are flexible and include daytimes, evenings and weekends. Free designated off-road parking is available (in Mid Sussex). Counselling in Brighton/Hove has both train and bus services nearby.
I can also offer Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and telephone counselling.
I am happy to travel to you (some travel expenses may need to be charged on top of the counselling fee, but I try to keep this minimal) and I am happy to discuss these arrangements, in advance, should they suit you.
I have previously worked in a youth centre and a secondary school, including some mentoring of young people.
In addition to counselling in private practice, for the NHS and for a national health and well-being company, I also work part-time for the NHS as a health coach.