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About me

I am offering face-to-face sessions (and zoom if you prefer) either with my therapy dog Bertie or without him. I aim to work in an integrative and creative way, exploring what you would like out of therapy and support you in feeling more connected to yourself and your needs. I also offer group therapy and couples work.

I want to support you to be OK with yourself. Some of the following inquires we might have over the time we work together include: What are your needs and are you able to express them? What you would like to change in your life and how would life be different after counselling? How do you see yourself and the world and how do you feel you are seen?

I like to work creatively, using therapeutic tools to help you connect to different parts of yourself such as the sandtray, two chair work, and IFS; exploring what works for you. I use mindfulness and visualizations to support getting in touch with how you are feeling and where your feelings are located, we would do this in a gentle way, working at your pace.

Counselling for me is about empowerment which comes from self-compassion, acceptance and kindness. Often these can be hard to find in ourselves.  In our time together I would aim to support you to develop a positive sense of self regard and an ongoing connection to self kindness so you continue to develop to be the most authentic and enlivened version of who you are.

I can offer online and face to face sessions as well as walks in nature and time outside if you wish to.  I work from my hexagonal cabin at the end of the garden which is warm and quiet with the occasional train sound going past to keep us in the moment!

I am currently running a therapy group for LGBTQI  which has some spaces as well as starting another more general therapy group in late May.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling  - Wealden Psychology Institute

Training and background in Person Centred therapy, Gestalt, bereavement work, LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, trauma work, working with the sand tray and creative work as well as working with mindfulness and awareness of the body.

I am also a trained Facilitator and can offer organisational and group work building consensus in groups.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

group therapy

couples work

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From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50.00 per 50 mins session - sliding scale offered and some concession spaces available.  First session is £25.00 to see if you would like to work together.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Working day time on Monday to Thursday. We can discuss your availability and try and make something work for us both.

Further information

Offering group and couples work.

A safe space in a natural and supporting environment. 

Hove, East Sussex, BN3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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There are 3 steps and then a lit path leading to the cabin at the end of the garden.

Additional languages

Some Spanish

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