Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. Hopefully this might be the first step for you in dealing with whatever may be troubling you; anxiety, relationship issues, depression or something else. It is not easy finding the right therapist and making that initial contact but the sort of relationship that can emerge can be very fruitful & rewarding. We are all confronted from time to time with issues or difficulties which we cannot resolve on our own. We may not wish to worry or burden friends & family and so coming to see a therapist in a friendly, safe space can be of enormous help. I see it as my role to listen, work with you on whatever you bring and encourage you to think about new perspectives which, in turn, could help you to see things in a different and hopefully more positive way.
In our first session we will explore the issues which have brought you to therapy as well as your hopes and expectations of the process. It is also a chance for me to answer any questions you may have about how everything might work. If at the end of the session you would like to work with me, we can then make arrangements for our future work.
How I work…..it is my role to create a space where you feel safe, listened to and able to talk about whatever you wish to being to the session. It is our task to work together to help you find new ways of thinking about or dealing with what might be troubling you. I know from my own experience that therapy can help unblock unhelpful thought patterns and assist us in gaining new perspectives on difficult issues. I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor / Psychotherapist which means I have been trained in a number of approaches and draw upon these in our work.
What happens now.....if you would like to arrange an initial session, please give me a call - 07801 354803 or email me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a Foundation in Counselling & Psychotherapy at Regent's College and then obtained a Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at Roehampton University. I have since undertaken further training, e.g. Relational CBT. I am a Registered member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
My approach to counselling / psychotherapy is integrative; my training having covered a number of approaches including person-centred, psychodynamic and existential.
I have a degree in Modern Languages and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I taught in schools at first and then in a sixth form college for many years where I had a number of roles including a 4 year period as a member of the senior management team. My real passion though was working with individual students struggling to stay in education and in my final years there I was responsible for safeguarding and created the innovative post of mental health officer; focusing on students whose mental health difficulties threatened their progress in education. I have had much experience working alongside mental health services (CAMHS), GPs and other organisations such as MIND. Much of my psychotherapeutic experience has been with adolescents as well as adults.
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
£60 per session in Waterloo
£50 per session in Lewes
Sessions take place every week at the same time. The length of our work together depends entirely on you. Some people come for just a few sessions to discuss a particular issue whilst others may stay long-term.
Whilst I have worked with all ages, I have much experience working with young people and I have delivered training sessions for colleges on Mental Health issues in education.
I am particularly interested in LGBT issues and have worked with many clients who wish to explore issues concerning sexuality & gender. I have delivered a lecture to MA students on issues around sexuality in psychotherapy.