How are you? How are you really?
Hi and thanks for visiting my page. I know it takes courage to reach out for counselling, I've been there too! Life can throw us many curve balls and although we may turn to friends and family for support, sometimes it's someone completely out of our life and situation that can help, with a non judgmental, empathic approach, in a safe environment that enables us to work through our issues.
It could be that no one is even aware of how you are feeling, emotions and feelings bottled up, needing to be heard, fears, depression, anxieties, painful memories, over bearing loss, low self esteem, relationships, many different reasons, hard to cope with alone.
I have detailed below just some of my experience as a counsellor and who I have worked with to give you an idea of my work...
The best years of our lives apparently! Yet for some, these can be the most horrid years, particularly in an age of social media where details of our lives can be sent to hundreds in an instant! I have worked as a counsellor in schools, and understand the issues surrounding these teenage years, self esteem, bullying, fear of going to school, friendship and relationship issues, eating disorders, self harm, pregnancy, issues at home, attendance, suicidal thoughts/attempts,, the list goes on.. it's tough out there for many kids, and even tougher sometimes to be heard and recognised for who you are.
It's also difficult sometimes to sit across from someone and talk, so I work creatively to help with this if clients are happy to do so. As parents/carers this can be such a worrying time for you too, I know, seeking counselling could really help.
The loss of someone we love can be one of the hardest things to get through, although it is often finding a new way of living, different, but still encompassing all that our loved one meant to us to truly move forward. I worked as a bereavement counsellor in a hospice for 2 years and worked through grief and loss with many wonderful people, not only the effects of the loss, but other issues that came forward in their process.
Loss doesn't always mean the loss of someone close through death. Loss can take many forms, the loss of a relationship, loss of a friendship, loss of a career, loss of a home.. there are many losses we experience through life, and working through them could help come to terms with it.
Abuse takes many forms, sexual abuse, recent or historic, domestic abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and the effects of abuse can have a massive impact in our lives, affecting the way we are in relationships and our daily living, maybe keeping the abuse from others through fear of what they may say or ashamed to let anyone know it exists or existed. I worked with survivors of abuse and have much experience in this area.
If you would like to contact me, please call or e-mail. We can have an initial chat about what it is you would like to get from counselling and if happy to do so, will arrange your initial session. If you are happy to continue, we can then arrange further sessions either weekly/fortnightly.
Finally to say, and important for you to know, I am a registered member of the BACP, I am fully insured and have an enhanced DBS clearance.
My practice is a couple of miles from Uckfield, tucked away in rural surroundings with plenty of parking. A safe place to be listened to surrounded by the peace of the countryside, cows and sheep come as standard!
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling.
Courses and training in the following:
Loss and bereavement
Childhood sexual abuse
I worked for 2 years for Fegans counselling children and young people, and school Counsellor at a secondary school in Eastbourne.
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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My availability is as follows: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm Evening hours to be arranged