As an integrative counsellor, I place emphasis on creating a therapeutic relationship which allows you to move at your own pace in working through your experiences and feelings. This relationship may allow you to experience new insights into yourself and your situation, enabling you to bring about changes in your life if you so choose. As individuals are all unique each client will experience counselling differently. Sometimes as clients work through various feelings, they may experience difficult periods before coming to a more comfortable place. Others find that expressing their feelings comes as a great relief.
It is my belief that my practice is enhanced by my own experience of many hours of personal therapy, both one to one and in group therapy, and, as part of my ongoing commitment to the quality of my work, I continue to have personal therapy.
Experience and specialist areas
As well as having worked for Sussex Community Development Association and Mankind, I am in my fourteenth year at the Rock Clinic in Brighton. During this time I have worked on the low cost, intermediate schemes, and I am now a part of the accredited senior team. I have been a member of the assessment team and currently supervise both experienced and student counsellors. I have worked with both male and female clients who have sought therapy for a variety of reasons including low self-esteem; childhood trauma such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse; relationship issues; anxiety, low mood, or depression; addiction to alcohol, drugs, or pornography; and gender issues including sexual identity.
For the past 7 years I have undertaken extensive further training in contemporary approaches to working with trauma.
Many of my clients are men and I have increasingly worked with male clients on issues including building relationships, relationship breakdown, retirement, self-identity, and childhood trauma.
I have been a supervisor for over 5 years and work with both student counsellors and experienced therapists. As a trauma focused therapist I believe trauma-informed supervision is important and I have recently undertaken further training in this field.
Qualifications and trainings
Pre-post graduate diploma in Counselling (University of Brighton) – 2007
Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (University of Brighton) – 2009
Post-Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Approaches to Trauma (Relational Change) – 2019
EMDR training levels 1-4
CBT (multi modal model) training
Extensive further training in working with survivors of sexual abuse; trauma and complex trauma; and dissociative disorders – 2014 to date
ASSIST suicide intervention training – 2015
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) training – 2016
Rock Clinic in-house supervision training – 2015-16
Working with trauma: the role of the supervisor – 2021
There is no charge for an initial 50-minute session during which we will make the decision as to whether we will work together. Subsequent 50-minute sessions are charged at £65.
I also offer reduced cost appointments for trainee counsellors.
For supervision I charge £50 per hour and offer a discounted rate to students. I also offer 90 minute sessions to meet BACP minimum requirements for which I charge £65.
Mobile: 07984 015 663
Message service: 07722 055 186
How to find me
I work at 80 Vale Avenue, Brighton, BN1 8UA. If you drive, there is free on street parking. By bus, take the 5 or 5A to ‘The Ladies Mile Patcham’ stop, next to the clock tower.