Qualified with 20 years experience offering short and long term counselling and therapy.I offer flexible hours in central Brighton with a free 1/2 hour initial session for us to meet.
How can counselling help?
Life can be difficult and we all struggle at times.We may find ourselves in a crisis or reflecting on something painful where a situation has shaped us and left its mark. We may be worried or confused and have an enduring unease, which has left us feeling stuck and not living as fully as we once hoped we could. We may have difficulty finding and allowing our feelings or we may be overwhelmed and unable to navigate our way through. These are all understandable human experiences in a complex and ever changing world.
What ever you bring, I understand this time as an opportunity for giving attention and care to you and your life. I see therapy as offering a unique relationship. I provide a safe and confidential space for you to speak and feel freely about your difficulties and concerns. This is an an opportunity to experience yourself without judgement, gain new perspectives, offer hope, new potential, self awareness and understanding.
I have been practicing for 20 years, originally training from a Psychodynamic perspective. The understanding behind this is that our past relationships and experiences inform and influence our current understanding of ourself, relationships and experiences both consciously and unconsciously. Bringing these to light gives an opportunity to be with, feel and think about our life in more detail and depth and also differently. I also integrate Brief Solution Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy where appropriate.
I have experience of working with a large range of difficulties with a wide range of people. I have particular interest in working with losses of all kinds, childhood attachment and trauma, addictions, relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression, low self esteem and work related issues. I have personal interest in unconventional lifestyles, belonging, blended family groupings, marginalised, LGBTQ and non-binary identities.
I have worked in generic therapeutic services such as GP Practices and Counselling and Therapy clinics, as well as specialist therapy services concerned with addictions, domestic abuse and childhood abuse services. I was the Clinical Manager at Brighton Women’s Centre for 10 years offering therapeutic support to women with multiple disadvantages, experiencing trauma from complex life histories.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Diploma Counselling 2000 Sussex University
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer sessions throughout the day starting from 8AM
I believe it is important to find a good match as the relationship is a very important part of therapy being useful. I offer a free 1/2 hour initial meeting to understand if we can work together.