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DIT & EMDR therapist, counselor, group facilitator accred.

About me

About me

Previously a humanitarian aid worker, my interest in human resilience in extreme situations led me to retrain as a psychological therapist. Since then I have worked in the NHS offering one-to-one therapy and running groups based on a cognitive-behavioural model. I offer Counselling, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and DIT  (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) in private practice.

I work in a person-centred way, which means that I will offer you an accepting, warm and honest relationship within which you can see more of yourself and understand how you relate to others and yourself. We will then use that broader understanding to think about what changes you would like to make in your life in order that you can feel better.

I am a trained EMDR practitioner and integrate it into my work with people who have been affected by a disturbing event in the past. Symptoms can include panic,anxiety, flashbacks and avoidance of 'reminder situations' EMDR is a recommended treatment for post traumatic stress by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence in the UK and the World Health Organisation.

I work with people who are experiencing recurrent difficulties in their relationships through Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, a 16 session model that will enable you to understand the links between your symptoms, difficulties in your past and the current problems in your relationships. And then to make changes on the back of this new understanding.

Contact me to arrange a free telephone consultation so that you can decide if therapy would be helpful for you. If I cannot help you I can refer you on to someone who can.

I work with people who are experiencing

  • Depression, anger, anxiety, apathy or panic.
  • Problems which go back to childhood and still cause difficulties now.  Experience of being abused, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
  • Trauma or a feeling of panic following a disturbing event as the result of an accident, sexual/violent attack, traumatic loss, traumatic medical event, or any other shock.
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • a change or loss including bereavement, sudden or long-term illness or loss of a role in life.
  • Work stress or other employment issues (such as bullying or overworking).

What I offer as a therapist

  • I will be warm, open and honest with you about the way that therapy works and about how we are working together.
  • I offer short term or long term work.
  • I have worked with children and parents in various settings and understand the stresses of parenting.
  • I have a broad professional experience working in the NHS, with voluntary organisations and also for other statutory bodies.
  • I believe in the importance of a connection with self, with others and with the environment in order to feel well. I run wild swimming workshops with the aim of exploring these relationships and building resilience.
  • I have particular experience of what it is like to work overseas in Humanitarian Aid and Emergency situations and in war-zones and the affect this can have on individuals.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

BSc joint Hons Philosophy/Economics - Bristol University 1992
NCFE 1,2 and 3 Counselling Skills and Theory – City College 2006
PG Dip in Person-Centred Counselling - Brighton University 2009
CBT Group Facilitator Training – Sussex Community NHS Trust 2012
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - Richman EMDR Training 2015

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy - Anna Freud Institute 2020

CPD

Integrating the Cognitive Behavioural and the Person-Centred Approach
Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Perfectionism
Cognitive Behavioural Approach to attachment
Cognitive Behavioural Approach to working with complicated grief
Secondary affects of trauma training
Mindfulness in Primary Care
Conflict resolution
HIV and therapeutic interventions
Working with sexual abuse
Erotic Transference and Countertransference
Working with clients with life-limiting illness and in palliative care
The menopause Transition
Group Process Skills
Working with Groups
When things go wrong in groups
An introduction to the ACT approach
Using a short term model of therapy

Experience

10 years experience working in NHS settings with people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, lethargy, relationship problems, loneliness, disconnection, sexual problems.
Aid worker for Oxfam
Facilitator of large scale experiential corporate training events - Oxfam.
Group facilitator for peri-natal groups for teenage parents.
Working therapeutically with teenage parents and with people affected by disability and sexual violence.
Workshop facilitator - wild swimming.
Peer training on Creativity, Attachment, History of Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

War trauma
Humanitarian aid workers
Parenting difficulties

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Counselling and EMDR: £70 for a 50 minute session.

Limited number of reduced rate sessions for students and trainee therapists.

When I work

Wednesday 8am - 8pm, Friday 8am - 3pm Tuesday evening 5pm - 8pm

Further information

I have comfortable quiet rooms in Hove.

I follow the BACP code of ethics.

I have regular supervision and professional insurance for my work.

Hove Therapy Rooms, 69 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme