About me

Welcome

Hello and welcome to my profile.

First, I would like to recognise the courage it took you to read this. Whether you are new to therapy or have experienced it before, reaching out for help is not always easy.

You are probably wondering how to decide which therapist might suit you. This is common experience, and it is important that you find someone who feels right to you.  Reading the information below may help you with your decision and give you a sense of how it might be to be working together.

What to Expect in Therapy

Therapy with me feels like having a conversation with another human being who cares about your experience, treating you and your answers with utmost respect and non-judgement. Your feelings of safety in our sessions are important to me. 

 At the beginning people often experience wanting to do something about their situation or problem, get a solution. This is natural. When we are in pain we want a relief from it. Therapy might help you get there by supporting you to explore your feelings and emotions underlying your experience. Our joint curiosity can help you shed new light on your decisions and next steps you might want to take to achieve the change you want.

Sometimes we can be so alone with our feelings that they may feel unbearable. During our therapy sessions, I will sit alongside you with your experience however difficult or easy it is for you. I will offer my listening ear, validate your experience and support you to reflect on it in a constructive and healing way. With time this working through can help you heal, transform your stuck patterns of behaviour and unhelpful beliefs and thinking, and instigate long-lasting change and peace within.

Some Features of My Approach

  • I believe that you are an expert in your own life; I am a well-trained professional who supports you to tap into this expertise.
  • I believe that you already have what it takes to live a fulfilling and happy life. My role is to work alongside you to facilitate your empowerment in doing so.
  • I work holistically, meaning that I am interested in your experience as whole person. This includes your thoughts, feelings, emotions, body sensations (somatic experience), and imagination.
  • Working together we can consider your current and past relationships, your experiences in early life, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood as well as your socio-cultural background, including religious and/or spiritual beliefs, and any other aspects of your life you may find relevant. 
  • I believe that change happens when we allow ourselves to fully inhabit who we already are, including acknowledging all parts of ourselves. Honouring our experience as it is right now in an authentic meeting with a therapist can lead to a shift in experience, more acceptance, and to our readiness to let go off unhelpful ways of being. 

How to Get Started -Step-by-Step

Booking your free no-obligation consultation is easy.

Step 1: Please email me here or call/text me on 07788170092, and give me your email address or phone number. If I don't pick up, please leave your contact details on the answering machine.

Step 2: I will contact you asap to arrange your free consultation at a time convenient to you.

Step 3: I will welcome you in a virtual room or on the phone at the agreed time for the initial free consultation. During our chat, you will have an opportunity to tell me what is bothering you. We will chat about how I could support you and you will be welcome to ask any questions you may have.

Step 4: If you are happy with us working together, we will arrange the time for your first therapy session, either online or in person.

Step 5: From then on we will meet at the agreed time weekly.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute which offers highly regarded training for counsellors and psychotherapists in London, UK. I am a registered member of BACP (reg. no. 387189) and a trainee member of UKCP. I am committed to continuing my professional development and am in the final stage of an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy, also at Metanoia Institute. I regularly attend professional development events.

​I have worked with clients from varied socio-cultural backgrounds in both the NHS, charity and private sectors. I have helped people experiencing a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and self-worth, disordered eating, negative body image, shame and guilt, relationship and family issues, work issues, developmental/historical trauma, emotional and sexual abuse, PTSD, identity concerns, women’s issues. 

Before becoming a therapist, I worked in customer service, hospitality, research in linguistics and psychology, interpreting and teaching. 

I abide by the code of ethics of BACP, UKCP as well as this of Metanoia Institute. I am fully insured and registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

From £50.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free no-obligation 15-20 minutes telephone/video consultation for us to discuss your needs and how I could help you.

You are welcome to enquire about a fee concession.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I understand it may be difficult to find free time around your commitments, so please enquire if you would like a time outside Tuesdays and Thursdays as I may be able to offer you a space.

Gather Rooms
16 The Granary
Lewes
BN8 5RH

Lewes
East Sussex
BN7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

English and Polish

Online platforms

Zoom
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