I am a fully accredited Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist with sixteen years' experience within the public, voluntary and private sectors, including Hove Priory. (Now called Elysium Healthcare)
Being an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist means that I utilise aspects of several different psychological approaches to suit the varying needs of each individual client.
I practice short or longer term individual counselling/psychotherapy; the former often focuses on identifying values, problem solving, goal setting, time management, stress management techniques and relaxation.
Longer term work tends to focus on unconscious processes linked to low self - worth that may be causing barriers and sabotaging progress of any nature. This may also involve exploration of early relationships and/or past traumas that may be affecting the present situation.
I am also interested in Dream-work and Spiritual development that can lead to a much deeper understanding of yourself, and I'm open to exploring and working with this, whatever this may mean to each individual.
I am a warm, empathic person who can offer you a safe, confidential space in which to explore your issues, at your own pace.
In addition to the above I run group sessions; one day psycho-educational workshops and longer courses that deal with personal and spiritual development, which can be found at www.safespaceworkshops.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
- B.A Hons English Literature with Drama
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling
- B.A Hons, Post-Graduate Diploma Counselling
- Cert. Analytic Group Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness Meditation Course
- MBACP Accredited
- UKRCP Registered
I am also a registered Therapist with Bupa and Simply Health
I initially trained in the arts, gaining a B.A hons degree in English and Drama; subjects that remain important to me today as I believe that creativity in any form can aid the healing process.
I then became more interested in psychology and human relations, and completed a post-graduate diploma in Counselling, which focused primarily on the humanistic theories. (Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional-Analysis).
Following this I did a year's certificate in Analytic group psychotherapy, which gave me more knowledge and insight into the Pychodynamic way of working, and highlighted how profoundly our early relationships and experiences can affect our present situation.
I worked for several years counselling in a project for offenders with poly drug-use, where I did a short course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I then increased my knowledge and experience of this particular theoretical orientation whilst working at The Priory in Hove.
During my employment at the Priory I have also run extensive groups, including the following:-
- Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Practice
- Explorative process work/general support
- Managing depression/anxiety/stress
- Building confidence and self-esteem
- Assertiveness Training
- Food and mood
I have worked at Sea-Side View Child Development Centre at Brighton general hospital, counselling parents of children with learning disabilities and/or behavioural difficulties. In addition to this I have facilitated self-care groups for parents whose children are affected by ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) in association with MASCOT (ASC Charity)
I also have experience in dream-work and am interested in how dreams can inform and direct us in our personal development.
In addition to the above I have completed a course in Mindfulness Meditation which I believe can enhance the therapeutic process, and am currently in the process of setting up some psycho-spiritual workshops that are aimed to facilitate personal and spiritual growth. (www.safespaceworkshops.co.uk)
I adhere to the BACP guidelines, undertaking regular supervision and continued professional development courses/seminars.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
I charge £55.00 per session (50 minutes)
I am based in Hove, very close to Hove railway station and the main bus routes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays and Tuesdays
Types of client