If you’re looking for a counsellor who’s a bit different from the rest, is down to earth and believes that humour can have a place in therapy, someone who will really listen and work with you as you become the person you want to be, living the life you want to live, then let's be in touch.
I am a qualified registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a practice in St Leonards/Hastings, East Sussex. I feel passionately that everyone has the right to be the person they want to be, living the life they want to live, and I believe that with support, everyone has everything they need inside of themselves to do that. Whatever that means for you, I will be led by you, supporting you to make the changes you want to make. When we work together I will bring myself and all my skills to our therapeutic relationship, you will bring yourself and a desire to change something about your life, and if you’re thinking ‘but I don’t know what changes I want to make!’’ that's completely ok, we can explore until something feels right for you.
If you’re concerned that I’m a counsellor who sits and doesn’t talk, don’t be... I do talk (but not in ‘psychobabble’). I also listen, really listen. I’m interested in what you have to say, why you feel and do, as you do. I also believe humour too can have a useful place in life and if that comes into the therapy room, then that's fine too. If appropriate and you’re interested, we can choose to work creatively and in general once our relationship is more established I can offer ‘Walk and Talk’ sessions too.
I am also a registered therapist with Anxiety UK and have been part of my local hospice Bereavement Service for many years. I am a NCFE tutor of Counselling Skills to Diploma level, and also offer short non certificated Mindfulness and Self Esteem courses. I am part of a team offering a Counselling Service for 11-18yrs at a local Community College.
It's my aim to become redundant as soon as possible; you can choose to stay as long as you need to or just for a few sessions. However long or short that is, I really look forward to knowing you and sharing your journey and if your particular concern is not listed, do feel free to contact me, I may be able to help or recommend someone who can.
Training, qualifications & experience
- UKATA Diploma Transactional Analysis Practitioner.
- NCFE Level 1, 2 and 3 Counselling Skills and Theory.
- Numerous Professional Personal Certificated and Non Certificated Courses.
I am trained in many areas of counselling and also have several years experience working with clients and their families living with acquired brain injuries several of whom have Aphasia (limited speech and word finding abilities). This can mean communication is not quite as fast but it's really important to find ways to express thoughts and feelings when it's not easy to 'just come out with them'.
I also work with couples on relationship issues (heterosexual and same sex) and offer group counselling if you would prefer to be part of a larger group rather than individual 1-1.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained in many areas of counselling and also have several years experience working with clients and their families living with Acquired Brain Injuries several of whom have Aphasia (limited speech and word finding abilities). This can mean communication is not quite as fast but together we can find ways to express thoughts and feelings when it's not easy to talk.
Session Times are 50 minutes unless otherwise stated or agreed
• Individuals Counselling £40.00
• Individual Counselling Sessions starting from 6am and finishing 9am are charged at £45.00
• Couples/Relationship Counselling£55.00 (£80.00 for 90minutes)
• Group Counselling. The cost is determined by the number in a group and time duration but a guide is £20/£35.00 per person for a 90 min – 2 hour session (minimum of 6 weeks).
As an independent private counsellor, I have a limited number of low-cost counselling spaces. I am happy to discuss lower fees with you if you fall into any of the following categories:
• You are a carer or have a family member with an ABI (Acquired Brian Injury)
• You are in receipt of Government Benefits
• You are a student
Current evidence of the above will be required. If you are interested in discussing a lower fee, please raise this when you first contact me. These places are limited; if I have none available you will need to know sooner rather than later. Thank You
Counselling and Psychotherapy can raise a wide range of emotions, this is normal. The process can be hard but it can also offer hope and a new beginning. I will never force you to talk about anything you find difficult before you are ready, or want to. I will be sensitive to the pace at which you want to work and I won’t expect any big showing of feelings if that really isn’t your style. Here are some words from a few clients who have been through the process:
''Thank you for everything you've done for me. How am I feeling? - Happy! :-)''
''The past 18mnths have been some of the hardest of my life. With your constant support, patience, guidance and kindness I feel that I have come out the other side stronger, more confident and able to cope with whatever the future holds. Thank You for being there''.
''You have been unfailingly supportive and committed. I feel like you have both 'pushed me on' and 'picked me up' at exactly the right times. Thank you so much.''
''Thank you for giving me time, showing me patience and letting me be''
''I'm glad I chose you! :-)''