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UKCP.Senior Accred MBACP. BAPPS.Therapist/Supervisor/Trainer

About me

During the current COVID-19 service I moved all my practice online and as an experienced  video-calling  and online therapist am happy to help using Zoom Skype, WhatsApp or any of the other platforms.  I am now also working in-person again.

“This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance.”

Deciding to come to therapy or couple counselling can be a daunting experience especially when feeling confused, depressed, anxious or upset.  However the experience of talking to an approachable professional can often be a real relief.

My aim as a therapist is to provide time and space for those wanting to explore  their difficulties within the setting of a therapeutic relationship.  By processing painful or traumatic experiences, looking at relationship dynamics, addressing unconscious or limiting aspects of behaviour, potential new ways of coping with life's issues can often be found and concerns resolved

I have been working as a therapist for over 30 years.  Initially trained in psychodynamic counselling, I am also a qualified clinical supervisor, systemic couple therapist, CBT and  psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
I am an experienced individual and couples counsellor as well as offering clinical supervision, training and consultancy.  I  completed a training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and in Online Therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA Hons (University of Bristol)
  • PGCE (University of Sussex)
  • RSA Cert Counselling Skills (Northbrook College)
  • PG Diploma in Counselling (University of Brighton)
  • MA Counselling Psychology (University of Brighton and Sussex)
  • MA Clinical Supervision (University of Sussex)
  • PG Cert Applied Systemic Theory (UEL and Tavistock Clinic)
  • Member On-line Therapy Institute
  • PG Cert CBT (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Guild of Psychotherapists)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (Anna Freud centre).

I have worked in many different settings over the years I have been in practice including educational, NHS and charitable agencies.  I was for many years the Head of Student Counselling at the University of Sussex and course convenor of the PG Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling there at the University, have worked at the University of Westminster on the Mind-Body programme and most recently was part of the Supervision Masters teaching team at the University of Surrey.  I continue with a small teaching role at the University of Brighton.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Online Therapy


From £45.00 to £60.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

£45.00 -£60.00

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Flexible throughout the week including evenings.

Further information

As a qualified teacher and experienced trainer, university lecturer and consultant, I am also interested in management and organisational dynamics. 

I am the founder and Clinical Director of the Rock Clinic, a charity providing counselling and psychotherapy in Brighton  for over 31 years, I am experienced and well-placed to advise on similar projects. 

I took early retirement as Head of the University of Sussex Counselling service which additionally has given me the experience of working to provide therapy within the organisational framework of a large institution.

My supervision and consultancy work sits alongside my clinical casework with individual clients and couples.

Rock Clinic East, 270 Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 5TA

Rock Clinic West, 8 Western Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2PG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Hearing induction loop
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I work at three sites across Brighton & Hove as well as online which not only means I have good disabled access but can work across the world. Please discuss any accessibility issues you may have.

Online platforms



In person

An experienced supervisor with 28 years of practice. I work with unconscious processes and relational dynamics in a mostly psychodynamic framework.

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