This is a stressful and worrying time as we quickly try to adapt to the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic. We are faced with fears for our own well being, the health of loved ones, our financial stability and the unknown future we face. You may feel you need some support to help you get through a period of increased isolation. I can offer telephone or video call sessions and a range of flexible options so that you can receive support in this time without having to travel. Do not hesitate to contact me to see how counselling can help and how it can be tailored to suit you during this challenging time. There is hope and there is support available.
If you’re struggling with a problem or if you want to try and get more meaning out of life, counselling may help. I will work sensitively and honestly with you to support you in what you’re going through. I have worked with many people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work related stress, ill health, bereavement, family issues and many other life and mental health issues. I can see you in Burgess Hill or Seven Dials in Brighton (see my website for further location details).
Who I am and how I work
I am an accepting, open minded and honest person. Coming to counselling can feel a bit scary and I will work to help you feel safe and to be someone you can trust. My approach is Person Centred, so we will look at whatever is important to you. When people feel they’re in a safe working relationship this can increase confidence and self acceptance, heal old wounds: It can also help you to identify what the real problem is for you and have a sense of the right way to move forward with it. People often find that through exploration they can come to trust their judgement. I work with clients with warmth, patience and compassion: I believe that we’re all unique and complex beings with innate potential for growth. Through trusting and believing in you I hope that therapy with me can be empowering.
I have a longstanding interest in mental health and wellbeing. I was a counsellor at Mind for a number of years, including working as a crisis counsellor and co-facilitating an OCD support group. I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, hearing voices, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and trauma.
I am responsible and professional. I work with integrity and I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework. I understand that clients trust me with issues very personal to them and I work to be worthy of this level of trust. Therapy can inevitably bring up difficult feelings and I will try to help you feel emotionally safe to explore this at your own pace. What you tell me is confidential. I welcome your feedback about how you find working with me and I am open to being challenged. I am interested in diversity issues and committed to non-discriminatory practice: I believe that people from ‘minority’ groups are too often marginalised and wherever possible I will work to ensure I do not contribute to this. When working with clients from a different background to me I try to gain an understanding about the individual rather than make assumptions.
As well as being a counsellor I am a Focusing Practitioner. Focusing is a way of listening in to the body to see what needs attention and learn from the body’s inner wisdom. This is a holistic approach which can help develop self acceptance and from which you can learn some coping strategies for dealing with life's difficulties.
I am passionate about the Person Centred approach to counselling and wider aspects of life. I am interested in a range of body related and holistic well being practices, such as Focusing, yoga, breathing, mindfulness, relaxation and visualisation. I have a commitment to equality and diversity and my professional training had a strong diversity element. I’m interested in social and political issues including links between mental health and inequality in society. I am also keen to maintain my connection with nature and consider how our increasing disconnection with nature has an impact on us.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been counselling since 2007. I have a Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling and am an accredited member of the BACP. I also have a Certificate in Focusing Skills. I have a degree in Philosophy and Psychology.
I have worked as a counsellor in a Performing Arts School, at a Community Counselling Service, with an organisation supporting parents of abused children, with Further Education students and in a local mental health counselling service. I have worked with a wide variety of issues and clients from different ages groups, genders, ethnic backgrounds, sexualities etc.
I work to continually develop myself as a person and as counsellor and to fulfil my ethical obligation to work responsibly with my clients. I have undergone training in areas such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, relationships, attachment issues, various mental health training.
In addition to counselling I have worked in the public sector for a number of years and have volunteered for homelessness and AIDS/HIV organisations, I was also a Samaritan volunteer for ten years.
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
The above list is not exhaustive, we may be able to work with many issues together. Please contact me to discuss this.