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About me

Anxiety and depression are major concerns for many people, but there is usually an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.  Sometimes overworking, drinking too much or other ways of covering over the pain seem to help, but when these activities stop, the pain and anxiety returns.  Men are particularly prone to hiding their feelings, and I am interested in supporting men, who often find it more difficult to seek support.  I also work with women and non-binary people and those within the LGBT+ community.

I work as the Clinical Manager for Brighton Therapy Centre and have a private practice in Hastings where I see clients.  I also work by Zoom for those who are unable to meet in person.

I specialise in relationship work with both individuals and couples, addiction, anxiety and depression and childhood pain & distress. I hold a Master's in Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence - this understanding applies to opposite sex and same sex relationships - and my PhD study is in Men, Masculinity and Identity.

Please call or email me to set up an initial session. At this appointment we will talk through what you want to get from counselling; if you're then happy to continue we'll set up a second session.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Master's in Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence, BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I am an Accredited Member of BACP.   "BACP accreditation schemes aim to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy." I have also done the following training during the past years:

  • Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way
  • Autism - understanding the needs of adults and young people on the autism spectrum
  • Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
  • ASIST - suicide intervention - two day workshop
  • Shame - one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson
  • Working with young people
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • Reclaiming Feelings, Sex and Boundaries after Sexual Abuse
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • City & Guilds Accredited Programme in HIV & AIDS Awareness
  • Understanding the Needs of Sex-workers
  • Understanding and working with Chemsex Addiction

I have delivered a presentation in Belgium on 'Counselling people living with cancer' for a European project and also delivered a presentation on 'Counselling End of Life Clients' at a counselling conference in London.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £50.00 to £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each individual session is £50.00 and sessions will last 50 minutes.

Couples sessions are £65.00 and will last one hour (60 minutes)

Counsellors or therapists in training and students,  £35.00 per session.

Sessions held away from my therapy room i.e. in a school, college or client's house will be £65.00.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am available to see clients Monday and Friday 9am - 5pmpm and Wednesday evenings from 5pm-8pm

Hastings, East Sussex, TN34

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Can be accessible with a ramp which I will provide.

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