I am a warm, caring, understanding and empathic person who is hugely passionate about psychotherapy and about helping others come into a place of freedom.
I totally believe in the transforming power of the therapeutic relationship. I have seen it transform my own life and the lives of countless others that I have counselled. I am now in the privileged position of using this passion to help enable and empower others to turn their own lives around as well.
I grew up in a fairly dysfunctional home, I can remember as a young child having feelings of depression, fear, anxiety and stress. These stresses had an impact on my physical and mental health and the feelings and fears never really left me and they would rear their unhelpful ugly head at various moments and inopportune times throughout my adult life.
This then led to severe depression, marriage break up, and all sorts of other emotional and physical problems in my life.
When I embarked on my counselling career it had such a massive impact on my own life that it quite literally turned my life around.
Suddenly, I was seeing the reasons for all my behaviours and understanding my thoughts and my feelings. It was totally overwhelming, but it was also absolutely transformational for me.
I was hooked!
I was so impacted by the things that I was learning and the counselling I myself received, that I went on to become a qualified Psychotherapist.
I have become so passionate in the study and process of psychotherapy that I am always undertaking Training courses and CPD (Continuous Professional Development) courses to further improve and build on my training, so that I can be the very best counsellor and the very best me that I can be and this in turn helps with whatever a client may bring to the counselling room.
I believe in the power of change, I believe that one of the powerful things that can help bring about that change is connection! Brené Brown states that "Rarely can a response make something better, what makes something better, is connection". This is an are that I excel at, I connect very deeply with people and this facilitates trust and this in turn allows for deeper work to take place very quickly.
I use an Integrative approach to counselling including Creative Therapy, TA, (Transactional Analysis) REBT (Reactive Emotive Behavioural Therapy) and I can offer Christian Counselling.
So go ahead and contact me and let's see if we can work together. I offer a free 30 minute telephone or video initial consultation. This allows us both to see if we would be a good fit and also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my transformational journey into counselling in 2000 and was hooked! I can't get enough of training and courses and have over the years been on many many courses and CPD days.
For those of you who like to know which model I use, my model is integrative and I have received training on the following models:
- REBT (Reactive Emotive Behavioural Therapy)
- Gestalt therapy
- TA (Transactional Analysis)
- Creative Therapy
- Couple/Marriage Counselling (Integrative using John Gottman, Sue Johnson and Imago therapy)
- Christian counselling (based on the Crabb/CWR Model)
- Clinical Supervision
The following is a list of some of the courses that I have completed:
- Advanced Certificate in Christian Counselling based on Egan/Larry Crabb/Selwyn Hughes models.
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Working with Depression
- Working with Sexual abuse
- Working with the neurobiology of trauma
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- The importance of attachment in recovery
- Alongside grief and loss
- Working with anger
- Avoiding burnout
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
- Applied Suicide Intervention Training
- Trust and betrayal
- Borderline personality disorders
- Creative Therapy
- Diploma with distinction in Clinical Supervision
I have worked in a variety of settings including a mental health drop in centre for adults with severe and enduring mental illness, a generic counselling service, a church based counselling service and my own private practice. As well as standard generic counselling I can also offer Christian counselling to those who would seek that.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by their code of ethics.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are:
- Individuals: £50.00 per hour.
- Couples: £75.00 per 1½ hours.
- Supervision: £50.00 per 1½ hours.
I may be able to travel to you within East/West Sussex providing I can hire a suitable counselling room and my travel costs are covered as an addition to my fee.