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.
I work as a Person-centred Counsellor and Supervisor which in its simplest form, means that I trust that you already have the resources and answers you are looking for (although it may not feel like it) but just need a space that offers acceptance, understanding and genuineness to help explore and discover these elements within yourself. As well as this it can just be helpful to talk to someone that is not involved in your situation in an open way somewhere that is confidential and non-judgemental.
Over the years, I have seen many of the amazing ways that people can change and heal and have a firm belief in peoples abilities and capacity for growth, change and acceptance.
I have facilitated group therapy for eating disorders and a group for bereaved family members in the NHS., ,personal development groups on therapy trainings and staff development groups for social services. I also have taught psychotherapy at several training institutes over many years.
I have studied and researched in the field of eating disorders, body image and gender identity and feminism.
My paper on these topics was published in Feminist Review, 2001..
I was a lecturer and tutor at The Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies and at other trainings.
I have particular expertise in working with issues around gender identity, sexual orientation and mental health. I can also help with many other issues including abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, body image, bullying, depression, relationships, self-esteem, self-harm, sex and intimacy, stress, suicidal thoughts, trauma and work issues.
I have additional experience working in mental health through my work as a Community Mental Health Advocate for Mind in Brighton & Hove and as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor for University of Brighton students. I also have experience working in the LGBTQ community through my work with Brighton charities Allsorts Youth Project, MindOut and LGBT Switchboard.
If you would like to have a low cost initial session to get a sense of what you might feel like working with me, please get in touch.
You can expect a calm, confidential environment, providing space for you to express your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Drawing on my extensive training, work and life experience - Including personal experience of alcoholism, drug misuse, gambling addiction and recovery - I will help you talk about any difficult issues, exploring obstacles, choices and aspirations, whether they are current problems of a practical nature or repetitive patterns from your past affecting your daily life.
Together we will work towards strengthening your inner resources and confidence.
My work has included training and working for Breakeven gambling counselling, work at BHT Addiction Services in a residential setting and support work with Brighton Archway Project supporting clients with mental health issues in a residential setting.
What is important to me is to ensure I create a non-judgemental space, where you can share and explore your thoughts, feelings and problems in a safe, accepting and confidential environment.
From my experience as a counsellor, what I have seen as most important for clients is the counsellor and client relationship. I have an approachable, genuine and open minded manner that helps people feel able to discuss their difficulties and builds a trust in the therapist client relationship. Equally my own experiences of therapy has allowed me to honour the healing journey that clients undergo and respect the clients choice in the pace and depth of the therapy.
As a Person-centred/Humanistic counsellor, the unique/individual of the client is at the centre of the therapy. But because we are all unique, this means that Person-centred therapy does not have a pre-made structure that we 'work to'. Instead my job is to get to know you, your wants/needs, and then work in ways that supports and meets your needs, choices and own self. So my service is by default a relational one, as this forms the building blocks of everything that follows.
So counselling sessions can be different each time, or even change during a session depending on your own needs in the moment. This can involve needing to be listened to in a genuine and empathic way, at other times a person may want to be challenged in their thinking, but with warmth and empathy. At other times a person may want to explore issues/feelings/relationships in depth with support and guidance. All of these and more can be part of a counselling relationship, so my job role, I sometimes like to describe to some clients as being 'partners in crime', as we work together to support you in your needs, changes and well-being.
I hold a post-graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis counselling, awarded by the Psychosynthesis Trust and an MA in psychosynthesis psychotherapy.
I also work with anyone who feels lonely, excluded, alienated, frustrated, stuck, put-upon, inadequate, unrecognised, rejected, misunderstood, or just a bit sad– in other words, all of us, at times.
Over the last 20 years I have worked as an actor and enjoy working with creatives of all kinds. Over the past 12 years I’ve worked closely with the NHS , training healthcare professionals in communication skills, enabling them handle complex and challenging issues.
I currently run my private practice in Brighton and Hove where I work with individuals and couples and I have worked in the past in both charitable and college settings with adults and young people. As well as working as a counsellor, I also work as a tutor teaching counselling skills courses in a college setting.
My aim is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and accepting space for you to explore in absolute confidence your life, feelings, thoughts and difficulties that you may be experiencing.
I have considerable experience and a professional interest in working with issues around anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationships issues, separation and divorce, personal development, pregnancy and birth, boarding school survivors, relocation and life transitions.
I work in an LGBTQ Affirmative way and I welcome people from all lifestyle choices and sexual orientations.
Having a multi-cultural background I welcome working with people for whom English is not their first language and offer counselling in both English and Italian.
I am BACP Registered and I undergo regular clinical supervision and hold full insurance in line with BACP guidelines for best practice. I am committed to continuing professional development and attend regular training and workshops to inform and broaden my practice.
I work across a wide spectrum, from CPTSD and recovering from narcissistic abuse, to creative blocks and spiritual awakening.
I am passionate about the connections between individual and collective psychology, spirituality and politics, and how inner work impacts outer reality.
I also work as a Counsellor with Children and Young People and Equine Therapist (MBACP), specialising in Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.
Talking through your concerns with someone who is not part of your life gives you the freedom to focus on yourself. I won’t tell you what to do or what choices to make because you know yourself better than anyone.
I will listen with compassion and understanding and I commit to getting to know your experience of being you. I’ll support your exploration of what’s going on for you, what’s not working and how you might want to make changes.
I work confidentially and without judgement so that you are able to share your worries and fears, no matter how confusing or dark they may be. I’ll respond to whatever you bring, drawing on different approaches and techniques from my training, to find an effective way of working that suits you.
Until recently I worked for Pavilions Drugs and Alcohol Service in their Families and Carers Team supporting people affected by the substance use of a significant other. I have also worked at St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley counselling the bereaved and those anticipating bereavement, and also for a charity supporting people in distress.
I use to horse ride and compete regularly but went onto have a baby in 2014 where I stopped with the horses, and since last year I have been working back with just people but I am also open to re-establishing my self in Equine Sports Massage .
I focus on delivering positive solutions that enable you to meet your goals in training or life in general. For more information see
I am a keen tennis player, competing regularly and i like to cycle / participate in Park Runs to keep fit
I specialise in adults and young people; offering individualised therapeutic interventions from a small, highly personal, private practice setting in central Brighton and from a warm, comfortable, accessible clinic in Mid Hove. I offer a small number of bespoke Ecotherapy interventions across the Sussex region. In order to improve accessibility, I also offer sessions via Skype.
I work with men and women irrespective of age, ethnicity, gender identity, background, sexual orientation, profession, financial standing, religion, culture, etc across a range of issues including but not limited to:
I am qualified to Post Graduate Level in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling and in Client Centred, Eco-therapeutic, Life Coaching and Solution Focused interventions.
PGDip in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Registered member of the BACP -British Association of Counsellor and Psychotherapists
Person Centred Counselling Diploma
Solution Focused Counselling - BRIEF training centre; London.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS)
Synergia Coaching - Introductory Certificate
BSc Hons Biological Sciences
Alongside my private practice, I have worked for various charitable organisations. These include SAHA, an organisation providing better outcomes, including therapy, for young homeless people in the UK. The Rock Clinic, Brighton, improving accessibility by offering therapeutic interventions for those on low incomes. I am also highly experienced in working in with young people. For over a decade, I have been providing practical and emotional alternatives for those experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties in Schools, FE Colleges and in Universities across Sussex.
t. 07446 684795
Counselling and psychotherapy can provide a safe, confidential, supportive space for you to bring any problems you are having and explore difficult thoughts and feelings. You might seek counselling and psychotherapy because you are struggling to cope, feeling dissatisfied with your life, having relationship issues, trying to process a loss or a change, or finding it difficult to make a big decision. You might want to make sense of things that have happened in the past, look at patterns you might be stuck in, think about your future or just get some extra support to help you through a tough time.
What I can offer you
I offer short or long term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples in Brighton and Hove. I work integratively, which means that I draw on a variety of different therapeutic models, including person-centred therapy, attachment theory, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), as well as considering how the social world impacts on each of us. My approach sees each client as an individual with different therapeutic needs, rather than one size of therapy fitting all, so I work flexibly but with a focus on the relationship between therapist and client and how we can work collaboratively.
What to expect in your first session
I believe that a good relationship between therapist and client has a big impact on the effectiveness of therapy, so I offer a free initial consultation to see if working together feels right for both of us. This gives you a chance to find out more about how I work and whether I am the right fit for you, and me a chance to get a sense of what you are looking for from counselling and whether I can support you with that, or whether another type of service might be more appropriate for you right now.
My qualifications and training
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton), a CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills, and a certificate in Couples Counselling. In addition I have trained in suicide prevention, working with self-injury, trauma therapy, working with clients experiencing abuse, alcohol and substance misuse, autism awareness, nature-based therapy, and creative therapeutic methods.
My areas of specialism
I frequently work with issues of anxiety, assertiveness and boundaries with others. I also have particular experience working with issues around gender and sexuality, with LGBT and gender diverse clients, with clients who practice non-monogamy, polyamory, BDSM, and other non-traditional relationships, and with sex workers.