I have 23 years’ experience, and continue to feel very privileged to work with individuals, couples, students, children, young people and families. My experience includes working within a broad range of settings as a counsellor and clinical supervisor, including primary and secondary schools, further education and sixth form colleges, charitable organisations, clinics, and within my own private practice. I am a Registered Accredited Counsellor with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I never underestimate how important the first step is, and it is essential to me that you feel secure and comfortable. For this reason I offer a FREE 30 minute initial meeting to discuss your needs, provide relevant information, an opportunity to ask questions, and for you to decide whether I’m the right therapist for you. I also offer a concession to counselling.
I use an integrative approach, mainly listening and talking, tailored to individual need, which incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, and with children art/play therapy skills. I have extensive experience in supporting people with personal trauma (including early years), relationships issues, family dynamics, loss and bereavement, depression (including post natal), generalized anxiety, identity issues, feeling sad/low mood, panic attacks, OCD, life transitions, separation and divorce, health issues, personal development and low confidence and self-esteem. Both short and longer term counselling is available, which I negotiate at the initial meeting.
I have particular experience in working with Looked After Children/Young People, and with Foster Carers. This work is informed by Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy training (DDP Level 1).
I provide Clinical Supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors/supervisors, either individual or group, supporting a number of therapists through successful BACP Accreditation.
I have a pleasant consultation room in a village setting, surrounded by the South Downs, just outside of Lewes, with easy parking.
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MA in Counselling Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Systemic Theory (Tavistock – couples counselling and family work)
Postgraduate Certificate in Play/Art Therapy Skills
Other Training Informing Practice:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Dyadic Developmental Practice (Level One) - framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatised children
Professional Code of Ethics
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) requirements. I attend regular clinical supervision, complete continued professional development, my own personal therapy when needed, and hold professional liability insurance.