Most of us at some time or another can feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges, which can leave us feeling helpless and alone. I believe that counselling can offer a safe and confidential space, which gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings. I believe that when we are given a sense of being listened to and deeply understood we can then begin to resolve the issues that prevent us from enjoying our lives.
It can be an opportunity to explore your concerns with me, without judgement and in a way which you may not be able to do with your friends or family. We can work together so you are able to identify ways to improve your well-being and help you make the changes in your life that you would like to happen. It’s an opportunity to look at life in a different way with someone who will respect you and your opinions and it’s time devoted entirely to you.
Maybe you are spending a lot of your time either thinking about the future or reflecting on the past? Our active minds find it very hard to stay in the present moment and we get distracted by the ‘voice in our heads’ that talks to us from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. Counselling can help to release these thoughts, offer reflection, and help you to live more mindfully in the present, feeling more peaceful and accepting of self.
If you are experiencing emotional pain, distress or trauma, counselling can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings openly, in a trusting, non-judgemental environment and at a pace to suit your needs. Over time, this leads on to a healing pathway of change, clarity and empowerment, gaining strength to take charge of your own life.
I believe the relationship between the counsellor and client to be hugely significant in the therapeutic process and therefore really important in finding the right therapist. I also understand this can be a very daunting prospect and so I feel by offering an initial introductory session, it may give you the opportunity to explore what your expectations might be from counselling and how we might work together?
My approach is also drawn on my own personal experiences and I apply that to my work in a heartfelt and empathic way. I work with individuals on a short and long term basis, depending on the client’s needs.
Anxiety and depression
Sadness and despair
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed an FdSc in Person-Centred Counselling at the University of Brighton and I am a registered member of the B.A.C.P. I have worked for many years at schools, colleges and universities as a school and parent counsellor, and as a student mentor to students of all ages. I now also provide support to adults and young people on a range of diverse issues within private practice.
My work experience has been extensive working for registered charities such as the Salvation Army Housing Association providing support to single and homeless people, Brighton Women’s Centre, helping facilitate groups for emotional support and well-being, counselling support at the Macmillan Cancer Support and as a Place2Be counsellor, a mental health charity supporting children and young people. I have also worked at length with single-parent families.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Discounted Introductory Session - Please get in touch to discuss.
When I work
In addition to talking therapy in counselling, I use a variety of techniques to promote and develop resilience and emotional health, including creative work and therapeutic play. This can include the use of sand tray and art materials. This can be at times extremely useful when thoughts and feelings become too overwhelming or confusing to verbally express.
I attend regular training, workshops and actively work on my personal development by keeping up to date with recent developments and research throughout each year.
I attend regular clinical supervision to ensure I am working safely and ethically with my clients.