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MBACP (Accredited)

About me

I have been a counsellor since 2010.  I find it a privilege to be able to bear witness to my clients' life stories and what they want to deal with in their therapy sessions.

The counselling work is not about me telling you what you need to do in your life to feel better, the work is done collaboratively. We become a team. I explore with you what your hopes are for counselling and I offer ways in how we can go about meeting those hopes.   I specialise in bereavement and loss, as well as sex addiction and porn addiction.  More recently I have trained in EMDR to help client process traumatic memories.

Bereavement and loss - Loss does not have to be just mourning a loved one who has died. Loss can be redundancy, loss of health, a broken friendship, marriage breakdown, failure in exams, death of a pet etc

Sex and Porn Addiction - I have personal experience of being addicted to pornography and the effects of pornography in a marriage.

Partners with sex or porn addiction - It can feel like your world has ended when you find out your partner is addicted to looking at porn, or seeing a sex worker. There is a level of trust that has been broken and you may feel you will never recover from the shock. Counselling can help you start to rebuild your life after this shock.

Over the years I have seen clients who have looked at the following life issues:

Anxiety
Coping with life pressures
Depression
Trauma
Sexual abuse
Divorce
Feeling stuck
Low self esteem
Porn addiction
Stress
Sexual compulsive behaviour
Sexual addiction
Bereavement and loss
Attachment issues
Christian counselling

If you want to ask a few more questions before booking an initial appointment, then please contact me and I can organise a free 10 minute chat to discuss what you want from counselling.  We can then decide if I am the right counsellor for you.

About me:
It is not easy for a counsellor to talk about themselves, as most of the therapy is focussed on you and I'm there as your listener, encourager, comforter, challenger.  So, here are a few facts about me - I've been divorced, I've remarried.  I have no children.  I love swimming, jogging, walking, reading, travelling and seeing friends.

I am a Christian, but I do not bring my beliefs into the counselling room unless you wish for Christian counselling.  I am a counsellor who happens to be a Christian.  I came into counselling because of my own experience of sitting in the client's chair.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling 2010
Certificate in Christian Counselling 2006
Level 5 Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling - March 2017
EMDR Europe Trained Therapist - April 2021

Training:
In my training I was a volunteer counsellor at The Information Shop for Young People in Burgess Hill and also spent 3 years at St Peter and St James Hospice as a bereavement counsellor.

Membership:

Accredited Registered Member with the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
Member of ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors)
Member of EMDR Europe

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Porn addiction
Working with partners of sex addicts and porn addicts

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Fees

From £45.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free 10-15 minutes phone call chat to discuss your reasons for coming for counselling and decide together if I am the right counsellor for you

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Thursday:   

9.30 am to 8.00 pm

Day off: Fridays

I aim to reply to phone and email enquiries with 12 hours

Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15

Type of session

In person
Online
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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