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DipCouns, MBACP (Reg)

About me

Life can feel easier to manage when we have someone alongside us.  I am here to be alongside you as you explore the areas of your life where you would like to feel freer and more able to manage, and to be with you as you work through some of the challenges or difficulties you may be facing.

I am a Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor.  I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and a Certified Brainspotting Therapist.  I adhere to BACP’s Ethical Framework.  I currently work with adults in Brighton & Hove, in Forest Hill SE23 and online. 

How I work

I am a Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, with 20+ years experience of working therapeutically with adults, adolescents, families, groups and organisations.  

Research shows that one of the most significant factors in successful therapy is a good working relationship between client and therapist.  My own experience bears this out; the more solid and trusting the therapeutic alliance, the more profound and transformational the change.  As a humanistic therapist, I attend to the “chemistry” between us because I know how central it is to healing and change.  I understand how important it is for you to know you will not be judged, reprimanded or discriminated against, and accordingly I work in a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental way.

Because one size does not fit all,  I draw on a range of approaches that suit each person, their needs and their preferences.  In my 20+ years of working therapeutically, I have learnt and integrated a variety of approaches in my practice.  These include person-centred, psychodynamic, psychodrama, CBT, Brainspotting and EMDR.   I am trauma-informed and my style is invitational.  Each person who comes to therapy or counselling brings their own unique questions, needs, preferences, life situations and backgrounds.  My aim is that our work together will respect your uniqueness so that you can find your own answers to the life situations you find yourself in.  

I work in a holistic way: addressing “symptoms”, their sources and their contexts. While it is certainly important to learn strategies and tools to help us manage distressing symptoms, this is often unsatisfying on its own.  So I tend to take a two-fold approach.  One focus is practical: learning strategies, practices and behaviours which are essential to gain mastery over ourselves.  The other focus is on revealing and resolving the sources of distress.  For this reason, therapy with me is usually open-ended and organic.  Because humans are complex and unpredictable, therapy and healing are not off-the-shelf solutions, neither do they follow pre-ordained maps.  This doesn’t mean that we would go on forever; we just wouldn’t constrain the work to fit within a rigid time frame.  It can be helpful to review the work at certain time intervals, so that it continues to feel relevant and useful.  Humans are not machines to be fixed nor projects to be managed, we are living breathing beings with minds, bodies, feelings and souls that sometimes need time to heal and find meaning in our lives.

How I can help

I work alongside people who are dealing with all kinds of issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, trauma, addictions, change and life transitions, family issues, career and life choices, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, abuse, managing difficult feelings (e.g. anger, shame, guilt), grief and loss, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, sex and sexuality, LGBTQ+ related issues and stress. All of this is done in the strictest of confidence.  Depending on your needs, the work is sometimes short-term and focussed on a specific issue; sometimes the work is more open-ended and exploratory.  

Your first session

At your first session, we will go over some of the questions you're asking yourself, some of the things you would like to be better in your life and what your hopes are for yourself, your relationships and your life in general.  The first session is also a good opportunity to see how it feels to work together.  Only you can decide whether therapy with me is right for you.

Where I work

I am available for face-to-face, in person sessions in Brighton & Hove and in Forest Hill SE23.  I also continue to work online.  While working online is different than in person, the past couple of years have proven to me that online work can be just as effective and potent as face-to-face/in person.   For online sessions, I use Zoom.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Training in the Psychodrama method at Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama,  Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand 1998-2004
  • Diploma in Counselling, HD&T Institute, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand 2000-2006
  • EMDR Level 1, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2001
  • Certificate in Relaxation Massage, New Zealand College of Massage, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand 2011
  • Certified Brainspotting Therapist, London, February 2022 
  • nearing completion of a Diploma in Creative Supervision at the London Centre for Psychodrama (due to complete by August 2022)

My continuing development as a therapist and counsellor is essential to me.  I am an avid reader and continue to keep up with the latest therapy-related literature.  I regularly update my knowledge & practice in the areas of neuroscience, trauma, mindfulness and body-based therapies.

I also continue to attend training courses and seminars as part of my ongoing personal and professional development.  In recent years, some of these include:

  • Essentials of Trauma Treatment
  • Modifying Mindfulness Interventions for Effective Trauma Focussed Care  
  • Addressing Personal and Clinical Challenges in Therapy with Susie Orbach
  • Improvising Creatively and Therapeutically
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder or C-PTSD: Diagnostic Assessment and Therapeutic Implications
  • Moreno’s Legacy in Action (psychodrama)
  • Chemsex 

I take a special interest in trauma, its origins and its effects throughout our lives and how we can heal from it.

I began my career in counselling and psychotherapy in the late 1990s working as a trained volunteer on the crisis hotline for Youthline in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand.  Realising how much I loved the work, I decided to leave my previous career as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and teacher trainer and retrain at the Human Development and Training Institute where I gained my Diploma in Counselling.  Alongside this, I was also training in the psychodrama method at the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama, which I had begun in 1998.  From 2000-2006, I worked as a therapist at a community therapy agency, working with sexual violence, abuse and trauma and in 2000, I also opened my private counselling and psychotherapy practice.  Since that time, I have worked with a wide variety of people dealing with a range of issues.

During my years in Aotearoa/NZ, I also facilitated life skills groups for adolescent boys, trained teachers in mental health promotion programmes for the NZ Mental Health Foundation, provided anti-harassment workshops for the NZ Human Rights Commission, trained new crisis hotline volunteers at Youthline, established and provided supervision for Youthline’s Alternative Education school and provided training and support to a range of Auckland schools on sexual safety and anti-harassment.

I trained in EMDR level 1 in 2001. I satisfied the requirements for Certification in Brainspotting in February 2022, having completed Levels 1-3 and a Masterclass with Dr David Grand, pioneer of Brainspotting.

Member organisations


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

sex, sexuality and sexual orientation


From £65.00 to £110.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

from £65 per 50 minute session for individuals

from £80 per 50 minute session for couples and families

Appointments available weekdays between 7.00 and 21.00

When I work

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Further information

It can feel very challenging to take that first step and book a therapy appointment.  It can help to just talk through whether it's for you, before making that appointment.   If you are wondering whether therapy is for you, feel free to contact me.  I offer an initial no-obligation, free-of-charge phone conversation.  From there, we can arrange an initial 50 minute meeting, either in person or online, and explore whether the “fit” feels good enough to commit to working together.

Hove, East Sussex, BN3

Forest Hill, London, SE23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Online platforms