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I am a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and supervisor with a private practice in Bexhill-On-Sea. Problems can arise in our lives at any time, making it difficult for us to cope. I provide a safe, confidential environment, where you will not be judged, in which you can explore the areas of your life you may be having difficulty with and may want to change, such as; relationship issues, problems in the workplace, anxiety, depression, trauma.
I trained as a humanistic integrative counsellor. As a humanistic counsellor I believe that all human beings are striving to grow in a positive direction and want to be the best they can be. However, at times circumstances prevent us from doing this and we need an independent trained person to help us work through life's problems. Although people may experience similar problems, for example; relationship issues, stress, anxiety, abuse, depression, trauma, etc., we will all react in different ways and so there is not one single therapeutic approach that is better than another. As an integrative therapist I believe therapy is led by the client and I will tailor my approach to the individual needs of the client and treat you as a unique human being.
I use an integrative approach to counselling, drawing on a number of different models to facilitate change, such as Rogers' Person Centred, Transactional Analysis (TA),Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I specialise in working with post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and abuse and I am trained in trauma-focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) which are evidence-based treatments recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, (NICE), for PTSD.
My practice is situated in a peaceful and relaxed environment with free off road parking.
I am a fully registered accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists and work to their code of ethics and an Accredited Practitioner Member of EMDR Association UK & Europe.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma (Distinction).
Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EMDR Europe Accredited Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Practitioner.
(EMDR is a highly regarded evidence-based treatment. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post-traumatic stress disorders and has also been successfully applied in the treatment of pain, phobias, panic and a variety of anxiety disorders including performance anxiety, complicated grief, sexual and/or physical abuse and disturbing memories).
Critical Incident Debriefer - Individual and Group.
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Certified Bereavement Counsellor.
I worked for AAAC Counselling Service for 7 seven years.
I am a qualified supervisor and can offer 1:1 or group supervision to qualified or training counsellors/psychotherapists and other healthcare professionals. Please see my separate supervisor listing for more information.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a trained Critical Incident Debriefer for individual or group debriefing.
I have specialist experience of working with families in crisis and working with young adults in the areas of self harm, abuse, anger and low self esteem.
If you wish to find out more about integrative counselling or trauma focused therapy and to discuss your situation further, please feel free to contact me for an informal chat or for details on the different therapeutic models of counselling visit the BACP's website at http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk.
Some testimonials from previous clients:
"After just one session I felt like Maddie knew me. She really listened and picked out the important things and helped me out of a very black hole. I didn't know what was wrong, I just knew I felt incredibly sad and in the really dark times didn't want to be here anymore. In the first session we spoke about my past/family/upbringing/important relationships. At first I didn't see why this was relevant as it's my past, but during each session thereafter, I realised why this was so important. Maddie related my behaviour now to my experiences in the past, allowing me to understand why I behave and feel the way I do. Just being aware of these things helped, but she then taught me different theories/tools to use to help me in the future and understand myself and why I have been feeling sad. There may be dark times ahead, but I'm less afraid now as I feel I have the ability to deal with them better."
"I had been harbouring deep seated memories from childhood which were impacting on my general well-being and relationships. I was sceptical at first, but after the first session with Maddie I knew I was doing the right thing. Great emotional highs and lows throughout the course of the treatment, but I have finished feeling good about myself and realising that you cannot control everything that happens in life. For me to feel like this means that this therapy really does work and I cannot thank Maddie enough for her patience and support. EMDR is unique and I don't fully understand how it works and probably never will do, but all that matters is that it has helped me no end. I am now looking forward to the rest of my life."
"I got more than I expected from therapy and have found the work we did together so helpful. I realised that I do matter, for a long time I felt worthless, but the therapy helped me become a stronger, braver person. Coping strategies have really helped me to control my emotions and dark memories. I want to let people know that it is ok to seek therapy, you are not crazy, you just need help to manage your mind. Without Maddie's help I am not sure how I would be now. This was my sixth attempt at therapy, but Maddie was by far the best and most helpful. Maddie helped me to realise that life is for living and should be lived now and not in the past."
"I got the help I needed and so much more from therapy. What I have learnt over this time I now use day to day to help me cope with things I find hard to deal with. Therapy has given me a better understanding of myself and has helped me move on with my life, I no longer feel stuck. Before I started this, I didn't look forward, only in the past. Doing my life line with you was the start of my new beginning. Thank you does not explain what you have done for me."