I am aware that looking for a counsellor can seem overwhelming and confusing.
Every journey begins with the first step
Here is a brief description of what I have become over years of being in practise.
I have over 15 years as an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist , qualifying with a Master's degree. I also have a strong and continuing interest in Jungian depth psychology
I developed my practice whilst working in Inner City London , for the NHS in a large health centre and for various addiction and community based charity organisations
I am an experienced counsellor, now in private practice
I have developed a creative approach to my work over the years, as I understand my clients as individuals seeking help not judgement or labels.
My professional journey has led me to some specialist interests, including working with carers, families with addiction, trauma (PTSD), panic attacks, addiction including self-medication , depression, bereavement and mood and personality disorders.
Alongside with the more general anxiety, relationship and work-related problems.
I have worked with a wide variety of clients, 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 situation.
Mostly though I work with building a mutual trust-based relationship to give a foundation to our journey together.
I have never taken the trust part of the therapeutic journey for granted. I appreciate that for some, who have been previously let down, that it is a big ask. I earn and respect our mutual trust in the process.
Sometimes our life journey (for want of a better word) just does not feel right. The same things happen, time and time again. Whether that is in our relationships, work life or family life. It feels like we can never attain a sense of satisfaction in their lives, or indeed a sense of being at home in our own skin. We can often feel lost or emotionally hijacked in situations that appear out of our own control.
I get this. I see 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.
I find that having a ‘map’ of your life makes it easier to navigate through difficulties.
Of course, nothing is ever that simple. Though, I believe that in our work together change is possible and that we can discover this new path.
I work creatively as a psychotherapist. My experience has led to my guiding principle. 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.
For this C19 period I can do online or telephone counselling. I have many years’ experience of working in this fashion.
(Normally I have a room at South Coast Counselling Church Road Hove).
I can work with fortnightly sessions if needs must.
I am willing to negotiate fee reductions if appropriate. I already offer reduced fees to people who work in the public sector.
[*Confidentiality is of course particularly important. However, there are legal caveats which I will have to make clear. If in our work I fear that there is a serious risk of harm to self or to others, including harm to children, I am required legally to break our contract and inform the relevant authorities. I am also obliged to report extremist views and terrorist activity.]
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Therapeutic Counselling (University of Greenwich) 2006
Introduction to Psychotherapy Philadelphia Association 2001
Jungian Clinical concepts Certificate . Centre applied Jung Studies 2018
MSc History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine.
Wellcome Foundation /UCL 1988
BSc Zoology (inc comparative behaviour)
Univ. of Nottingham 1986
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
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 have worked previously in inner city London, with a multicultural group of clients. This included refugees from civil wars, new arrivals from overseas including UNHCR resttled refugees
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, I have a wide ranging interest in the arts and humanities . I am well studied in world religions and philosophies, and I worl creatively and non dogmatically with the range of issues that my clients bring. I take therapy seriously, research current developments.
I am not a box ticking beaureaucrat.
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, retirees , third sector and public service workers
In these times of C19, i am presently working online. I use either Zoom, or Stillpointspaces platform to ensure a confidential space.
I have worked online and as a telephone counsellor for over 8 years, and although it has it's differences from face ro face work, I find it a good medium to work in.
There are caveats though> I personally do not work online with self harm, eating disorders or OCD as I find the remote nature is not ideal in case of emergencies.
I ask of you that if you do choose to work with me online that we still keep to the same day for appointments( though times can be more flexible) and that you can find a guaranteed safe space to talk confidentially for an hour.
Your safety is of paramount importance with telepsychology , in a way , above the usual safeguards.