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About me

​Do you need to talk about something that has happened to you? Are you worried, or feeling down? I’m a counselling psychologist specialising in helping adults who have experienced abuse, trauma, physical illness, loss and life-changes. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about how you are feeling, face to face, over the phone, or via video.

It can be hard to know which therapist to choose. As a counselling psychologist I have been trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, person-centred and psychodynamic therapy. I understand that we are all unique, and I draw on these approaches to tailor the therapy to your needs. I offer a free initial consultation to allow you to meet me and work out if I am the right therapist for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My experience

I have extensive experience working in a broad range of settings including:

  • Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist -  NHS MSK Team, Sussex
  • Counselling Psychologist - NHS Long-Term Health Conditions Community Team, Sussex
  • Psychologist - NHS MSK Team, Portsmouth
  • Counsellor - Survivors Network, Brighton
  • Counsellor - NHS Sexual Health Clinic, Brighton
  • Counsellor - Counselling Service, Kent
  • Trainee Counselling Psychologist - NHS Secondary Care Complex Cases, Essex

I currently work in the NHS alongside my private practice.

My Academic Qualifications

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)
City, University of London
Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Psychology
University of East London
MA Hons in Sociology
University of Edinburgh

My Professional Memberships

Registered Practitioner Psychologist with Health and care Professions Council (HCPC)
Chartered Counselling Psychologist with British Psychological Society (BPS)

As a member of the HCPC and BPS, I adhere to their code of ethics. I am fully insured, have regular supervision, and I undertake regular professional development to ensure I offer up to date and relevant therapeutic practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with:

  • Long-term health conditions
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Loss


From £80.00 to £120.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

I offer a free short online consultation.

When I work

I offer weekday and weekday evening appointments.

Further information

Professional Membership

Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist

Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43

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