I’m aware that looking for a counsellor can seem overwhelming and a big step, so thanks for checking me out.
You’ll want to know what I can offer, and more importantly how.
I have been practising as an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist since 2005, qualifying with a Master's degree.
Since 2004 I have worked in General Practice within the NHS and third-sector organisations, as well as in private practice.
This path led me to my specialised interests in trauma, addictive behaviours, depression, bereavement, and mood and personality disorders, along with anxiety, relationship and work-related problems.
Concurrent with this I worked in crisis counselling and with issues concerning chronic health problems.
I have worked with a wide variety of clients, including carers, people from overseas, ex-service families, and refugees.
Personally, as I dislike labels in the field of mental health (useful as they can be in certain instances), my guiding philosophy is to see my clients first and foremost as individuals who happen to be struggling in some respect.
I offer a safe and confidential space in which to examine your journey through life. I do this in order to examine your choices and thereby seek alternatives that might better suit you in your particular situation.
Distilling my years of practice into a few words is not easy, but I suspect that’s what is needed here.
So, I put my approach down as this: Most people that I see have come to counselling because Plan A (for example, habitually saying that everything is all right; or doing the same as everybody else appears to be doing; or just being too compliant in general) has failed to deliver a sense of satisfaction in their lives, or indeed a sense of being at home in their own skin. Given this, the point of counselling is to discover how this situation came about, and to help people find a new and better directed path to follow in the continuing journey of their lives.
Of course, nothing is ever that simple. In essence, though, I believe that in our work together change is possible and that we can discover this new path.
I am trained in several modalities of counselling and psychotherapy. My personal guiding principle is that the map is not the territory, and that therefore individuals should be respected in their difference and given the time and space to be themselves.
I am also available for short 12 session counselling work . This is how I worked in the NHS ( in most cases) and was developed as a intensive counselling method. It is another valid way of working.It was designed to be able to work with phobias, anxiety and depression and bereavement. though not suitable for Eating disorders, OCD, Bi polar disorder and other areas where longer term work would be recommended.
I offer counselling at Brighton Counselling Collective, or in my own private room if necessary.
I am willing to negotiate fee reductions if appropriate. I already offer reduced fees to people who work in the public sector.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Therapeutic Counselling (University of Greenwich) 2006
Introduction to Psychotherapy Philadelphia Association 2001
NHS Ferryview Health Centre SE18 (Practice Counsellor) 12 Years
Phoenix Futures alcohol drug and addiction service 5 Years
Bromley Community Addiction services 5years
I have been a Trustee of the National mental health
charity 'Survivors Poetry since 2004
Zoology ( Behavioural Sceinces) BSc Nottingham University 1986
History and Philosophy of Medicine and Science MSc UCL/ Wellcome Foundation 1988
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked with all kinds of addictions with clients who are considering changes to the post recovery period where some extra help may be needed to further support your life changes.
I am also available for Critical incident counselling ( the period just after a major, over whelming event) and of course PTSD and other forms of trauma. ( I was on teams working with the Lee Rigby murder and latterly the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy)
Finally I am well travelled and interested in world religions and philosophies, I have oftern worked with clients from overseas , including UNHCR resettled refugees.
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
My nominal rate is £45 pe 50 minute session
However I do try to set a fair rate dependent on your income.
I also offer discount rates for Students and public service workers
Short (12 session) Counselling
I also offer a 12 session counselling contract.
This brief intervention was developed from an original program developed in the USA by James Mann.
It is not a sticking plaster approach and it has its many uses.
I developed the ideas further whilst working for the NHS as a means of introducing patients to counselling and dealing with their central issues within the boundaries of a counselling relationship and useful in cases of trauma ( Inc PTSD) depression , anxiety, grief reaction , phobias and other related issues.
It is NOT suitable for eating disorders, OCD, mental health diagnosed problems (such as bi polar disorder)
However it is very useful and an intensive way of working in counselling with those of you who are time or indeed cash poor or people who are not ready to commit to longer term therapy .
If you feel that this approach may be more useful to you than an open ended , possibly longer term counselling arrangement then please mention this when you contact me and I will arrange to work with you in this way.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available Monday to Friday for daytime and early evening sessions up to 7pm
Types of client