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Every journey begins with the first step
You’ll want to know what I can offer.
I have over 15 years practising 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.
I can also do couple and group work.
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.
Distilling my approach into a few words is not easy, but I suspect that’s what is needed here.
Sometimes our life journey (for want of a better word) just doesn’t 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, trained and experienced as I have become . My 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 offer counselling 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 very 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 Introduction 2018
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 Sciences) 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
- Career counselling
- 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)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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, retirees , third sector and public service workers
Short (12 session) Counselling
For those new to counselling or even just curious , I offer a brief intervention model based on a 12 session contract.
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.
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.
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 who are looking to change one aspect of their life ,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