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About me

With over 20 years of experience working as a Therapist, my aim is to provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental environment to work in, with an emphasis on the importance of the Therapist/Client relationship and to promote your desire for change. We will explore and work together, towards promoting a deeper understanding of the challenges and issues you may be facing at the moment. We will work to encourage a deeper sense of self and feelings of self-empowerment and confidence and to help develop your sense of creativity.  I have many year of experience working In the field of addiction and dependency; addiction being defined as “anything that gives you temporary relief and temporary pleasure, but in the long term causes harm and has negative consequences that cannot easily be given up despite those negative consequences”. This includes all the behavioural addictions such as gambling, workaholism, eating disorders, codependency, sex addiction, addiction to social media and technology, etc. I am especially interested In how childhood trauma influences our adult experiences and relationships and work to further a better understanding of our subconscious processes and the links between childhood trauma and current difficulties. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I began working in residential drug and alcohol treatment over twenty years ago and have many years of experience working with people who face substance misuse, alcohol dependency and addiction issues. I also work with clients facing a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, cultural and identity issues, ADD/ADHD, autistic spectrum, trauma and post-traumatic stress, health issues, sexual identity, spirituality. I qualified as a Psychodynamic Therapist in 2002 and have worked in both private practice and the charity sector at the Rock Clinic in Brighton, Youth Advice Centre (YAC), and as a Student Counsellor at Sussex University for a number of years.

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Wellington Centre, 44 Wellington Square, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1PN

Type of session

In person