Whether you are a young person or an adult, looking for a counsellor can be a daunting process....
You may be here because you have hit a crisis point or you might have been trying to cope alone for some time with problems, such as stress, relationship breakdown, abuse (emotional/physical/sexual) depression or anxiety. Whatever the reason, counselling can provide you with a confidential and supportive professional relationship from which you can make sense of what's going on and move forward.
Having awareness of how difficulties and sticking points develop and repeat provides you with the option to make more considered and informed choices. As an outcome you can learn to recognise when your basic needs are compromised, you can explore healthy expression, gain control and also find the courage to make change if that is the best course of action.
Whether you want to look at a specific recurring problem or have a more general sense of dissatisfaction, taking the time to think about yourself and develop is a rewarding experience
I am an experienced, fully insured and practising registered member of the BACP, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I abide by the BACP's ethical framework which means that I will work always to promote your wellbeing and best interests.
I offer counselling in Horsham from my private practice which is a short walk from the town centre and linked by rail to Crawley, Redhill, Croydon, London Bridge, Billingshurst, Arundel and Bognor Regis.
If you are travelling by car the A24 and A23 are close by giving access to Storrington, Steyning, Shoreham, Worthing, Brighton, Burgess Hill and Dorking.
Please take a look at my website for more detail of my experience and approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Therapy
Transactional Analysis 101
- Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Facilitator & Champion
- Rape & Sexual Violence accredited training course - Rape Crisis South London
- Working with Suicidal Ideation Certificate
- Youth Mental Health First Aid MIND accredited course
Areas of Specialism
From 2012 I have worked within a psychodynamic counselling and clinical training placement centre for students. I currently act as a trustee and have previously provided open ended therapy and initial assessment reports for clients of all ages coming to the service via self referral, GP's and Community Mental Health Services. Frequently addressed issues have been life transitions; relationship problems, stress, change of career/retirement and loss.
I have experience of providing time limited (8 - 12 sessions) counselling for young people aged 14 - 25 years at a youth centre based in East Surrey. Referrals into this service were from CAMHS, pastoral care and youth workers. For a young person in Horsham or surrounding areas I can offer a confidential safe space that is separate from school, social media and their friendship group. Some of the issues I work with here are bullying, self harm, depression/low mood and self esteem.
Over the last few years I have worked extensively with young people, aged 18- 25, with mental health diagnosis. When you are overwhelmed on a day to day basis coping with symptoms it can be hard to establish what you need and sometimes even harder to make your voice heard. I can help you to find information, signpost you to appropriate services, make choices and practise techniques to gain back some control, build resilience and plan for the future. Experience in this area covers considering your response to a professional diagnosis, self harm, depression, eating disorders and suicidal ideation.
If you are struggling to manage with an addiction I can work with you at any stage of your journey. From the starting point of uncertainty at the idea of making a change to staying in touch with the desire and reasons to keep going. I have completed a 2 year clinical placement with a substance misuse agency (alcohol and drug addiction) practising rational emotive 1:1 counselling and also facilitating a SMART (self management & recovery training) group therapy session from NHS premises based in Dorking.
I am currently working in private practice and provide sessional counselling at a rape crisis centre.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard rate is £45 per therapeutic hour (50 minutes) which is paid per session.
Concessions for students and also low income clients can be negotiated.
Please see my website for further information.