We spend our lives trying to avoid difficult situations and distracting ourselves from painful things we wish we could just erase from our memories. Sadly memories can’t be erased and life is full of ups and downs.
I believe that counselling is a way of freeing ourselves from these things and an opportunity to stop having to hide from the difficult memories we put so much energy into avoiding.
When I entered my training I was a person whose glass was always half empty. One of the most transformative things I got from my journey was understanding where that came from, and how much that had held me back throughout my life. Recognising that how I have always seen things wasn’t necessarily how life truly is, is one of the things I am most grateful to my counsellor for.
I believe strongly that happiness is about perspective and just knowing that, I feel can make life so much easier as it gives us so much power.
So much of our behaviour is subconscious and comes from things we were taught as children. Through our work, you will be able to understand patterns of behaviour that aren’t working for you anymore and learn new ones which work with the person you are now.
I know this is challenging work and things may feel like they are getting worse before they get better, but I believe being true to who we are rather than fitting into the mould of what we feel people want us to be like can be so transformative.
Attachment and how are early relationships impact who we are as Mothers, Fathers, partners, and friends are something I am extremely passionate about. I believe understanding attachments can be hugely transformative work and can help us understand why things may have gone wrong in past relationships, and give us back our power.
Parental mental health is something I believe we need to be putting more resources into and I also offer group support in this area as I believe peer support is something we have lost through COVID.
We generally parent as we were parented and that isn’t necessarily the parent we want to be. With the growth of social media, the levels of anxiety I see new parents go through, and the impact that can have on children is something we need more support with.
Postnatal depression is also largely undiagnosed and the shifts in relationships a child can bring is something I don’t feel many parent can prepare themselves for.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have studied Integrative counselling at Varndean College in Brighton
Diploma Level 4 in Integrative Counselling. (Brighton, United Kingdom)European qualification level 5. 2020
Mind Mental Health awareness.2015
Drug and alcohol training-Denial / Enabling Behaviour, Co-dependent relationships, Denial and Boundaries.- Pavilions- Drug and alcohol services Brighton. 2019
Cruse Bereavement Care- Sudden and Traumatic Death
Domestic Abuse Basic Training- Worth Services West Sussex.
Parenting and Attachment- WSCC.
PREVENT- Radicalisation training.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention training.
Supporting Families with Multiple and complex needs- Children's workforce development Council Level 3 -2013
BA- Journalism- University of East London 2009.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
My sessions are £45 for a 50-minute session.
My initial Assessment appointment helps you to ascertain whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you, and able to meet your needs. I offer a short confidential chat prior to this where I invite you to ask any questions of me that you may have. For those who might not have previously worked with an experienced Counsellor, I recognise that you may feel initially apprehensive and therefore will help you to feel at ease.
My response to any message via phone, text or email is usually within the same day either to make an appointment or if there is a question regarding therapy you might wish to ask me.