About me

I am offering face to face sessions (and zoom if you prefer) either with my 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 am trained in humanistic psychology and work using methods from Person Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt counselling. I can offer online and face to face sessions as well as walks in nature and time outside if you wish to. I aim to offer a safe and exploratory therapeutic environment.  I work from my hexagonal cabin at the end of the garden which is warm and quiet.

What a session with me will look like?

Here are some of the following questions we will explore together over the time we work together:

What are your needs and are you able to express them? What are your goals, from counselling and in your life? What you would like to change in your life and how would life be different from you after counselling? How do you see yourself and the world and how do you feel you are seen?

I like to work using the body, 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. I welcome your creativity and connection to what you need and we can use creative tools like art, sandtray work and work in nature. We may take sessions outside and walking if you feel you would like to explore this. I trust you in knowing what is right for you and I will support you in reconnecting to your authentic needs and wants as well as giving yourself permission to ask for them to be met.

A session with me will involve me listening, responding to what I hear, and inviting you to connect to your felt experience in ways you feel safe and comfortable with. When you feel ready, and this may take time and building trust, I wish to support you in guiding you to integrate your experience so you may feel more whole, connected and centred in your life. I have experience in mindfulness and use this in my work as well as visualizations and practices that can help you connect to parts of yourself which could be hard to reach or be with.

Counselling for me is about empowerment which comes from self compassion, acceptance and kindness. 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 look forward to hearing from you if you like the sound of what your read and see.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling  - Wealden Psychology Institute

Training and background in Person Centred therapy,  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 process work building consensus in groups.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

£45.00 per 50 mins session - sliding scale offered and some concession spaces available.  First 3 sessions £25.00 as introductory offer.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Further information

I wish to work within your means and for your best interests. I am open to discussing a fee that suits you and allows you to work through the issues that have moved you to seek support. I do however have a limited number of lower cost places.

Hove
East Sussex
BN3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Some Spanish

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

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

Availability

Working day time Monday and Tuesday with some evening work available. We can discuss your availability and try and make something work for us both.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
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