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MBACP - Phoenix Therapy: Counselling and Psychotherapy

About me

My approach to therapy is based in Person Centred Theory, which is the belief that we all possess the ability to develop towards self-actualisation. I believe that we all have an innate desire to grow, which the Person Centred approach can nurture and encourage. Sometimes I may call on other therapeutic tools and offer insight, but my philosophy is underpinned by the Person Centred approach.

I do not believe in expert lead therapeutic relationships; meaning that I believe that you are the expert of your experience, and you are free to explore these experiences without judgement; at a depth and speed that you feel comfortable with. I trust that you will know what is best for you.

In order for therapeutic change to occur, the relationship between us should be a collaborative one where you can feel safe to involve your whole self. I will endeavour to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to feel safe to explore what could be difficult themes.

In order to provide a therapeutic experience that is right for you, I offer a range of session types - One to One, Walk and Talk Therapy, Online Sessions and Telephone Counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an FdSc in Person Centred Counselling which I graduated from in 2020.  As a requirement of this course,  I completed over 100 hours of client work.  Following this, I have been in private practice.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have been involved with the Health and Social Care sector for over 10 years which has allowed me to focus my career on people, and their own personal experiences. I have been lucky enough to travel and experience different cultures and societies, furthering my interest in the complexity of people’s unique values, beliefs and development.

I have experience in working with many different themes such as addiction, narcissistic abuse, anxiety, depression, existential issues, eating disorders, suicide, traumatic experiences, sense of self, low self-esteem, identity, domestic abuse, relationship problems, terminal illnesses, bereavement, anger, sexual assault, childhood experiences and confidence issues.

Member organisations


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer an opportunity to have a brief discussion over the phone, for free, prior to our initial session.  My initial fee for our first session is £40.  This 20% discount is due to the fact that during the first session there is a small amount of paperwork to complete; you will also have the chance to ask any questions; and most importantly, get a sense of how you would feel working with me.  Following this, my fee is £50 for a 50 minute session.

When I work

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I believe that therapy should be suited the client, which is why I feel that it is important to work as flexibly as possible.  Please contact me with your preferred times.

Further information

Please visit my website for further information -

The Therapy Rooms, 10 Station Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1BE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Walk and Talk session locations take your accessibility needs into account in order to accommodate you.