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PGDip, MBACP, Counsellor and Supervisor

About me

About Me

With over 20 years’ experience as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, I can help you explore your issues and difficult feelings, within the safety of a confidential and supportive counselling relationship.

I normally work face to face, but am experienced in providing online and telephone counselling (via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Signal). I also provide psychodynamic and integrative Clinical Supervision for trainee and qualified Counsellors.

As an Integrative Therapist, I can draw on and tailor specific techniques using Psychodynamic, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and Solution Focused approaches.

I qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in 2002, gained a CBT Skills Certificate in 2012 and a post-graduate Supervision Training in 2016.

I have knowledge and experience working with a wide range of people experiencing emotional and psychological issues, in particular working with multiple forms of Abuse, Addiction/s, Anxiety, Depression, Loss and Bereavement, Low Confidence/Self-Esteem and Trauma/PTSD.

I have over 20 years' mental health experience working privately and across NHS and Voluntary Sectors; as a Counsellor/CBT therapist at The Rock Clinic since 2004; as a Student Counsellor at Brighton University and UCL (University College London) since 2013; and with Employee Assistance Schemes since 2018.

How I can help:
Within the Counselling relationship, you will receive ongoing support and feedback and begin to gain personal insight and understanding. Working relationally, I am especially interested in how childhood experience unconsciously informs our adult relationships; and how this can impact on our mental and physical wellbeing.

Shorter term Counselling can help you address your current problems and try to find new solutions; whilst longer term Therapy can help you explore past and present concerns to help gain insight and effect more lasting change.

Giving words to your story and paying attention to your mind, body and feelings in therapy can help you to increase self-awareness, learn new coping strategies, begin to see things from a different perspective, alleviate anxiety, improve your mood and heal some of your past trauma, hurts or disappointments.

My aim is to increase access to therapies, working cross culturally with a range of difference; and I’m mindful of how therapy can be adapted to different people and situations in order to provide a safe and effective therapeutic alliance.

Getting started with your Initial Consultation:
Your first appointment is an opportunity to meet with me, explore your concerns, ask any questions you may have and discuss your hopes or fears of counselling.

Together, we can decide which therapeutic option best meets your needs, e.g. Psychodynamic or CBT, the length of the contract and how much you can afford to pay.

The number of individual sessions will usually depend on the severity of your difficulties and/or whether you want longer term counselling or ongoing support. During your initial consultation, we can identify a specific focus for our work together if that seems helpful.

To book an initial consultation, or to talk through your personal issues to begin with, please contact me direct by telephone or email.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the BACP and practice under their professional framework. I hold current Professional Indemnity insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate; and undertake regular post-graduate training and personal therapy.

  • Post Graduate Clinical Supervision Training, The Rock Clinic Association (2016)
  • PG Certificate in CBT Skills, Westminster Pastoral Foundation (2012)
  • PG Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, University of Sussex (2002)
  • VACTs Accredited Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Addaction, (2003)
  • Cruse Accredited Bereavement Counsellor, Cruse Bereavement Care (1999)

Professional Timeline (1991 - Present)

  • Private Counsellor
  • CBT/Counselling for an employee Assistance Scheme (PAM Personnel)
  • Clinical Supervisor for trainee and qualified counsellors
  • CBT/Psychodynamic Counsellor seeing students at UCL (University College London)
  • Chief Executive, The Sussex Beacon, Brighton (a leading HIV care centre providing a ten-bedded Inpatient Unit and range of health/mental health Outpatient services)
  • Director, Threshold Women’s Health Initiative, Brighton (a local charity providing women-only Counselling, Crèche, Complementary Therapies, Day Services, Drop Ins, Info line, Training and Volunteering services)
  • National Info line Manager, Threshold Women’s Health Initiative (Telephone Helpline/Infoline/Prison Outreach)
  • Honorary Counsellor (VACTs accredited), Addiction Drug & Alcohol Service, Brighton and South Downs Health NHS Trust, Department of Clinical & Counselling Psychology, Brighton
  • Volunteer Counsellor (Cruse Accredited), Cruse Bereavement Care, Brighton

In addition to my professional counselling experience, I held an Honorary Counsellor’s post for 3 years at Brighton’s NHS Psychology and Counselling Department; and have trained and volunteered as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor with Addaction (now Pavillions), and as a Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care.

Over the last 20 years, I have also worked professionally within 2 Brighton based charities overseeing a range of health and mental health services; as Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon (2008-2012); as Director of Threshold Women’s Mental Health Initiative (2004-2007) and as their National Infoline Manager (2000-2004).  In addition, I have 15 years’ business sector experience working within sales and marketing.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

I have knowledge and experience working with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues, including: Abuse (child sexual abuse, coercive control, emotional abuse, psychological abuse), Addiction/s, Alcohol Problems, Anger Management, Anxiety, Loss and Bereavement, Low Confidence, Co-dependency, Depression, Domestic Violence, Drug Misuse, Eating Disorders, Health Anxiety, Hyper Sensitivity Disorder, Illness, Low Self Esteem, OCD, Post Traumatic Stress, Phobias, Panic, Relationship issues, Self Harm, Stress, Trauma, Unregulated Emotional Disorder, Women’s Issues, Work related issues.

I have worked with a variety of people from different groups and ethnicities, including those identifying as BME, carers, elders/third age, fathers, LGBTQ, men, mothers, parents, students, survivors of abuse, women and young adults.

With extensive business and charity sector skills and experience, I offer ongoing support/supervision for employers, staff, managers, senior executives and self-employed people, who might be experiencing stress/management/work issues.

I also offer clinical supervision for trainee/qualified Counsellors and mental health/social care service managers.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I provide the initial consultation followed by weekly counselling/psychotherapy, fortnightly sessions may sometimes be appropriate. I work with individual adults, young adults (from 17 years old) and older adults.

  • Initial Consultation at £45 per session

  • Counselling/Psychotherapy/CBT at £50-£60 per session

  • Supervision Fees at £50 per session

All sessions last for 50 minutes and the therapy can be time-limited / short-term or longer-term, which can be agreed on at the start of the Counselling. The length of the contract will depend on whether you want to work within a specific time frame or spend longer looking more deeply at your underlying issues. I also offer concessions for those on low incomes / unemployed.

When I work

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I work from Tuesday to Fridays. Daytime and evening appointments available in  Hastings, with one off appointments offered in Hove.

Further information

I offer daytime and evening appointments at a location in Hastings, plus one off appointments in Brighton and Hove. Good public transport links, with disability access and free parking available at some venues.

St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38

Wellington Centre, 44 Wellington Square, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1PN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Face to face, Online and Telephone counselling

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I offer psychodynamic and integrative clinical supervision.

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