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MA MBACP (Accred) Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision

About me

I am a qualified and registered psychotherapist and counsellor with more than 20 years experience in NHS and private work. I have a practice in Hove East Sussex and also in Harley St London.

My core training is psychodynamic but my approach is informed by further integrative training. This allows me to offer my clients a versatile and individual package of therapy to work with them to help them find the best possible route through existing problems.

The counselling and psychotherapy I can provide can be either short term work which can be useful for working through current presenting difficulties. Longer term psychotherapy is offered to explore longer term issues which could be impacting on your life by the repetition of difficult behaviours and choices. Regardless of working short or long term my aim is the same, to create a safe therapeutic space to enable difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviors to be explored and considered to make any changes which will enable you to move forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Arts (MA) – Counselling and Psychotherapy (Thames Valley University)
  • Diploma of Higher Education -Psychodynamic counselling (University of Surrey)
  • BPS approved Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Accredited and registered member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

TRAININGS:

  • C.B.T for alcohol and substance mis-use
  • HIV, hepatitis and vulnerable populations
  • Creative therapeutic communications with children and young people
  • Certificate in Egan’s solution focused training
  • Managing the impact of bullying
  • Supporting students who self-harm
  • Emotionally unstable personality disorders
  • Ethical issues in end of life care

My counselling career began in 1991 in the corporate world at British Airways, I worked with 24 hour crisis counselling and brief interventions for the short and long haul multi-cultural cabin crew community.

My NHS experience has included working in specialised adult services in HIV and Aids, and currently in renal services.

I have worked in various schools both junior and senior, and for many years in an independent girls boarding school. I have a particular interest in working with children from different cultures and backgrounds who may not necessarily have English as their first language.

I have also worked in Madrid, Spain, in private practice working with adults and children. Much of my work here included working with ex-pats as well as foreign nationals.

Organisations I have worked for include:

Roedean School, Brighton
British Airways PLC
NHS Community Team HIV/AIDS

Arun Counselling
Counselling Madrid
Sussex Central YMCA
Youth Advice Centre (Sussex)
NHS Royal Sussex University Hospital
HMP Lewes

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gender issues
Anxiety
Generalised anxiety disorder
Depression

Fees

Additional information

FEES IN HOVE, SUSSEX
Fees for Individual counselling sessions £55.00
Fees for Couple counselling sessions £75.00
Fees for Supervision of Qualified counsellors £55.00
Fees for Student counsellors £45.00
Supervision for organisations is subject to discussion.

FEES IN CENTRAL LONDON
Fees for Individual counselling sessions £140
Fees for Couple counselling sessions £160
Fees for Supervision of Qualified counsellors £140
Fees for Student counsellors - fee scale can be discussed

REGISTERED HEALTH PROVIDER FOR: BUPA, AVIVIA, PRU HEALTH, SIMPLY HEALTH, CIGNA

When I work

Monday - Friday. Some early and late sessions may be available for individuals who work shift patterns or have a lengthy commute to work.

Further information

The practice in Hove is accessible by train and bus and payable parking bays are plentiful in the local area.

The Harley Street practice is situated very near to both Oxford St. and Regents Park tube stations and served by many bus routes. Paid parking bays are also available in Harley Street and within the surrounding areas.

Fees are charged based on 50 minute sessions and can be paid for in cash, cheque or BACS transfer.

Shirley Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6UE

127 Harley Street, London, W1G 6AZ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme