Starting counselling can feel like a daunting journey. I am here to help provide you with the support you need to process your thoughts and feelings and explore how you might move forward in your life. I am calm, non-judgemental and accepting of you and your experiences and am here to listen to and help with whatever is on your mind.
While counselling can be challenging at times, I will provide you with the support you need to unpack your feelings, thoughts or behaviours. While it may not seem likely to you at the moment, counselling can also be a huge relief – as well as helping to deal with concrete problems and distress, people can experience profound change and growth too.
I undertake short-term work, and open-ended or longer-term work. I understand that not everyone can travel to see a counsellor and so in some cases I can offer counselling online, by telephone, or through home visits.
Training, qualifications & experience
Alongside my private practice, I work as a counsellor in a large hospice in the South East, and for a charity supporting people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. I have also worked as a counsellor for a charity supporting carers.
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling from the BACP-accredited Wealden Psychology Institute, and have undertaken a wide range of further training, including:
- loss and bereavement
- working with death
- childhood and adult trauma
- adult development
- stress management
In my role as a Visiting Professor at UCLan, I also undertake research into various aspects of mental health and wellbeing, and help organisations such as the NHS, Mind, Alzheimer's Society, local government, and local charities to improve their services. This work deepens my understanding of mental wellbeing and helps me to integrate approaches and ideas from a wide range of disciplines into my counselling work.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I am a member of the BACP's Older People Expert Reference Group. I have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and I am fully insured.
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
- Grief and loss
- Life changes
- Meaning and purpose
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling stuck
It is important that you find the right counsellor for you - someone who you feel understands you, and someone you can connect with.
I offer a free first session in which we can discuss a little about what is going on for you and what you want from counselling. This gives you the chance to ask any questions you might have and to see if I am the right counsellor/therapist for you.
I charge £40 per session. I offer some discounted slots for people who would not otherwise be able to access counselling.
My private practice is based in the Fiveways/Preston Park area of Brighton. Car parking is available on nearby meters at a cost of £1 per hour. The area is served by the 5B bus route, and the nearest railway station is London Road. Brighton station and Preston Park station are also within walking distance.
You can email me or call me on 07947 754597. If I am unable to take your call, please leave me a message and let me know if it is ok to call you back. If you have a preferred time of day for me to call you, please let me know and I will do my best to contact you then.