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.
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 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.
I am a qualified CAT Psychological Therapist and a qualified Mental Health Nurse. CAT is a relationship focused approach which explores the origins of some of our problematic patterns in relating to ourselves and others. It is time limited either 8, 16 or 24 sessions
Cat Practitioner since 2012
24 years experience in NHS
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 .
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.
I see all sorts of people with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and self-confidence; those who are having difficulties with friendships and relationships, who have suffered a recent loss, or have a big decision to make.
Being in my 50s, I have had a lot of life experience myself, and I specialise in these fields:
Bereavement/Loss: I am a trained bereavement counsellor, and understand the desperation felt by a loss of any kind. If left unresolved, this can affect your life for years. Contrary to popular opinion, time is not always the greatest healer.
Codependency:This is a broad term, but applies to those who are having trouble with relationships, not only with others but also with themselves. Often people say 'I don't know who I am' and only feel OK when they're either with others all the time or not with anyone if they can possibly avoid it. It is possible to feel lonely even when in a crowd of people. Others spend a lot of energy trying to control others into giving them what they need, with little success. We can explore all this together, and work out some healthier strategies for looking after yourself rather than trying to get your self-esteem from others.
Narcissistic Abuse: This is sadly very common nowadays. Whether it is from you partner, boss or a parent there is recovery from this type of experience, if you are willing to work hard to restore your peace of mind.
Trauma: I have undertaken a lot of extra training on this subject, as I think it is at the root of many human disturbances. By creating a gentle but safe environment, we can explore the best way to understand it and work through it together. This work is not undertaken lightly, and takes time.
Addictions: I have personal experience of addictions, and of recovery. This includes substance addictions (alcohol, street/prescription/over the counter meds, over and under eating), process addictions (sex, love, gambling, money etc) and living with others' active addictions.
I like to work by exploring the current situation and the feelings you have around it, which will inform us as to how you got here; helping you to come up with your preferred options and then working together to find appropriate actions to bring about a solution. I am not a counsellor who doesn't say much, we're on this collaborative journey together. We work at our own pace, but with a view to taking action, as I don't believe people want to sit in the problem without feeling they are moving towards their preferred goals. I enjoy creative solutions to complicated problems.
Behavioural Couples Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness based CBT
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma focused CBT
Work related stress
MA Core Process Psychotherapy
ReVision Couples in Search of Soul Cert in Couples Counselling
PODS Child Sexual Abuse and a Trauma Training
Volunteer Counsellor at The Awareness Centre
Mental Health Placement at Care Co-ops
Love, Sex and Relationship discussion group facilitator
I have been in private practice since 2010 in Brighton and London and practised as a placement counsellor at The Awareness Centre, Clapham, gaining a wealth of experience in both in-depth psychotherapy and short term counselling.
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy and am an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a registered member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists ( ACPP) .
I am fully insured and abide by the code of ethics of the UKCP and as a practitioner of Core Process Psychotherapy I am wholly committed to working alongside others with mindfulness and compassion.