We all have times in our lives when events in the present or issues from our past overwhelm us: times when we struggle with relationships, pressures of work or the demands and expectations of other people; times when we feel 'stuck', filled with sadness, guilt, shame of loss.
It isn't always easy to talk to family members and friends when we feel depressed or find it hard to cope, when we feel there is no hope or way out. Counselling offers you a safe and confidential space to talk and be heard; talking through your concerns and hidden emotions with someone who is not part of your life and who will accept you just as you are, gives you the freedom to focus on yourself and to speak openly without fear of criticism or judgment.
You are the expert of 'you' and you are in control of what you choose to share with me. I am a calm, experienced listener and practitioner and I will work with you to explore your thoughts and feelings safely and support you as you find the way forward. I believe that you will find the answers you seek, achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance, and you will discover what it means to be truly you.
I am mainly based in Worthing and have also worked with clients in Littlehampton, Rustington, Ferring and Chichester.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificates in Counselling Skills - University of Chichester
Professional Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester
Training Workshops in *Brief Therapy *Trauma *Sexuality *Art Therapy
(current personal development) Professional Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling - Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE)
Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP no 00923074)
Considerable experience working with
1) children, adolescents, young adults and families
2) NHS staff, personal family issues/ work-related stress
Safeguarding and Wellbeing training and experience as safeguarding officer
Trained Samaritan and experience of working with emotional despair, suicide
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My fees range from £40 - £70 per fifty minute session, depending on context, following an initial and free thirty minute introductory session.
Counselling may be brief (between 6 and 10 sessions) or open-ended and this will be discussed during the first appointment and will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the process.
'Being and Becoming'
These are words of Carl Rogers, who developed the person-centred approach of counselling and they are significant for me. I hope you will find the courage to truly be yourself when we meet, being honest and real in all the pain and distress that you might be feeling. Taking this first difficult step is the beginning of the process to become the person you're meant to be.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am able to offer considerable flexibility, between 8am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. For exceptional circumstances, I would consider working at the weekend.
Types of client