Life can sometimes feel overwhelming: Anxiety, lack of self-esteem, self-criticism, grief, life changes – are you struggling with issues and difficult feelings that are hard to manage alone, perhaps even more in this current climate?
Working with a warm and trustworthy therapist, who brings long experience and an open willingness to be alongside you, offering a safely held, confidential space, creates the possibility for positive change.
I invite you into this compassionate space where we work towards your greater self-understanding and development of resilience and self-worth. Together we will gently uncover what you need to be able to live in a more fulfilled, meaningful and pleasurable way.
How I work
I’m a BACP accredited and registered Person Centred counsellor, bringing over 20 years’ experience working one to one with adult clients.
I’m an approachable and welcoming individual, who works holistically, listening carefully to your whole experience and your unique needs to determine how we work together
Using creative tools can sometimes be helpful in therapy - and only ever if you feel drawn to that way of working.
People seek counselling for a variety of reasons, my working experience covers areas such as:
- Anxiety, stress, difficulty 'switching off’
- Loss – Bereavement, miscarriage, divorce or separation, ending a pregnancy
- Relationship issues
- Difficult feelings – shame, guilt, anger, jealousy
- Low self-esteem or low self-confidence
- Unresolved issues from earlier life; developmental trauma
- Depression, seasonal affected disorder, persistent sadness, unable to face life, isolation
- Trauma – sexual, physical or emotional abuse; recovery from ‘narcissistically wounded’ parenting
- Life changes – leaving home, marriage, children, ’empty nest’, end of working life
- Menopause – physical changes, emotional responses
- Health – illness, loss/change of ability, surgery
- Ageing, mortality
- Personal growth/development
Whatever the reason you're considering counselling, I offer a therapeutic relationship with someone who will listen without judgement or agenda to whatever it is you want to bring.
Training, qualifications & experience
I initially trained at The Metanoia Institute, a BACP accredited course in person-centred counselling, qualifying in 2004.
Further training has focused on bereavement and grief work, trauma informed practice, developmental issues and embodied awareness.
I've also recently completed a comprehensive online training for video-conf and telephone sessions and the different skills that working remotely requires.
In my practice I offer one to one counselling to men and women of all ages and backgrounds, for either short term or longer/open ended periods.
Time spent working with Lambeth Victim Support, Varndean Counselling and Threshold Women's Counselling Service, initiated my knowledge of working with experiences of trauma. I've also undertaken training specific to working with bereavement and am privileged to work as a volunteer counsellor in a hospice. I have worked in private practice for over 15 years.
My professional body is the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for The Counselling Professions.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Feelings of Shame
- Life changes/choices
- Health issues/surgery (of all kinds and special interest in menopause and hysterectomy)
- Ageing and mortality
- Lack of direction / Personal growth
From £45.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
Sometimes making the decision to come for counselling can seem the biggest hurdle; it may feel daunting and there's a lot of us to choose from. It's important to find someone who feels like a good fit and I offer a reduced fee for an initial appointment so that you can see how I work and whether you like the idea of us working together.
Reduced introductory session £15, thereafter £50 per session. I offer a reduced rate of £40 for counselling students. Concession rates are sometimes available so please ask.
Weekday daytime & evening appointments available.
I work in a peaceful and comfortable room near Hove station with good transport links. There is reasonable local parking (pay by phone - 01273 458458).