Your Professional Title
Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Postgraduate Diploma Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling
It’s not always easy making the first step to see a counsellor. There is still cultural stigma surrounding mental health, but attitudes are changing. I have experience of working with people who undergo many kinds of difficulties: including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, feelings of loneliness, low mood, stress, drug and alcohol dependency, bereavement and loss. It can feel terribly hard coping alone and often taking the first step to making contact with a counsellor can feel the hardest.
The relationship between the client and therapist is the key to progress and making changes and this needs to work for you. Therefore, it may be important for you to meet with more than one counsellor to find the right fit. I offer a reduced cost introductory session to help you make this decision. You might also find my article When is the right time to see a counsellor? useful to help you understand the therapeutic process.
I work with people from all walks of life in a way that respects culture, values, beliefs, choices and sexual orientation. My practice is constantly developing and I keep my training up to date with pertinent counselling issues.
As well as my on-going private practice, meeting clients in Hove and Brighton, I have previous experience counselling adults at the Rock Clinic in Brighton and young people in a school setting for Dialogue (YMCA).
I have both professional and personal experience of working with and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are exploring their sexual and gender identity or facing extra concerns that can affect LGBT people. Do get in touch if you are struggling with related LGBTQ issues.
Fertility, pregnancy and loss
I have particular experience working with women encountering fertility issues, loss and difficulties during pregnancy.
I also have knowledge of donor assisted pregnancies and can offer support through this sometimes complicated and emotionally confusing time.
To Help You With...
Abuse, ADHD, Aging Concerns, Anxiety, Aspergers, Attachment Theory, Cancer, Codependency, Depression, Dissociative Disorder (DD), Divorce, Family Conflict, Historical Trauma, Infertility, Interpersonal, LGBTQ Issues, Loss or Grief, OCD, Panic, Parenting, Personal Growth, Polyamorous and Open Relationships, Postpartum, Pregnancy (Prenatal Mental Health), Psychodynamic, PTSD, Relational, Relationship / Marriage Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Problems, Social Phobia, Suicidal Ideation, Veterans/Military Service, Women's Issues
My Therapeutic Approach
Counselling may help you to find the way to understand your past experiences and your current situation. The goals of psychodynamic counselling are improved self-awareness and an understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour and experiences. CBT can be useful to help client’s challenge their existing thoughts and beliefs, for example when a person is overly anxious in normal situations.
The relationship between the client and therapist is the key to progress and making changes and this needs to work for you. Therefore, it may be important for you to meet with more than one counsellor to find the right fit.
Before becoming a counsellor, I worked in education for many years; teaching young people, training adults and providing consultancy, so I value and see the importance in continued professional development and seek learning experiences to improve and broaden my competence, knowledge and skills.
Type of Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy
Type of Session
Long Term (Face to Face), Short Term (Face to Face), Fixed Term