I am a qualified counsellor who believes that we all have the ability to feel better when we are given the opportunity and time to explore our inner world and the difficulties and challenges we are often faced with. This can be an anxious time especially when seeking help for issues that can cause suffering, confusion or depression, or when we aren't sure what's wrong but know that something just isn't right in our lives.
For this exploration to be possible I offer an environment that is warm, accepting, calm and non-judgemental. A safe space for you to explore issues in your own time and to be supported to make sense of your life, gaining insight into what might have happened which has caused you to feel worried, depressed or stuck.
Speaking to a counsellor is a wonderful way of discovering who you are and understanding why you may have developed unhelpful behaviour patterns that reinforce unhappiness or anxiety. By focusing on your feeling responses, you will grow in self-awareness and better understand how, when and why your life has not progressed in the way you would like. This will allow you to gain insight and greater control over your choices and behaviour and help you achieve personal satisfaction as well as your higher potential.
Although I am trained integratively which means I can use a range of therapeutic approaches to suit your needs and personality, my model is 'person-centred'. This reflects my belief that we each have the ability to find the answers we need to be fulfilled, allowing our inner voice to guide us towards more meaningful and satisfying life situations and relationships.
Depending on what brings you to counselling at this time, I offer open-ended counselling which gives you the choice as to how many sessions you would like, or brief, solution focused counselling which may address specific problems. This is guided by your needs and whatever you choose to bring.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons - University of London
MA - Sussex University
Level 2 Counselling Skills - Northbrook College
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy - Northbrook College
Counsellor - Emotional Support for Carers.
This role involves providing emotional support for carers in the community who look after their terminally or chronically ill relatives at home.
I have long term experience working with carers and elderly people who are coping with loss, isolation and despair or who are experiencing major life changes.
Counsellor - Arun Counselling Centre
I have wide experience working with adults who present with many different issues from anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety, self-harm, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, death anxiety, co-dependence, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, anger, shame, relationship issues, affairs and betrayals, loss, grief,bereavement, phobias, cancer, stress, isolation, social anxiety, anorexia, bulimia nervosa, bi-polar disorder, bullying, living with drug/alcohol addicts, addiction problems, borderline personality disorder, dissociation, physical abuse, hoarding, separation and divorce, physical abuse, losing close ones to suicide and psychosomatic disorders.
I have 25 years experience in health care and work part time as a District Nurse in the Worthing area.
I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
I offer a free and confidential telephone consultation and a reduced cost initial assessment session which offers you the chance to find out about the process before committing.
I offer concessionary rates which can be discussed on meeting.
It is important for you to find a counsellor you feel comfortable with and if, after this meeting, you would like to continue, we will agree our working contract - this will be to meet weekly, at a regular, agreed time. How long we work together will depend on what you wish to gain from counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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