As a fully qualified, BACP-registered humanistic psychotherapeutic counsellor, I work in a way that recognises and respects you as a whole person, not just the problem, concern or crisis that has led you to seek counselling. As such I avoid restrictive models that categorise or label but instead work with you to explore the meaning you have made of yourself, your relationships with others and your world.
Through this process of self-reflection and exploration, greater clarity and self-awareness can develop and with that, the potential to make choices or changes that are determined by and feel right for you. (In this respect I believe counselling can be helpful for reflecting on all aspects of ourselves and our lives, not necessarily just as a response to difficult times or crisis.)
Sessions are not directive, that is to say I will not advise, diagnose or tell you what to do. Instead I offer a space for you to express and explore your feelings and find your own way, with the presence and support of a professional. I may share my own thoughts, questions or reflections with you, where I feel it can help us develop a greater depth of understanding.
I am fully insured and work holistically, in line with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I have worked extensively in the third sector mental health field with people from diverse ethnic, religious and social backgrounds, often living with complex and pervasive mental health challenges. I have a special interest in alternative (to bio-medical) ways of thinking about mental ‘illness’ and in the benefits of empowerment and self-compassion to our health and wellbeing.
I enjoy travel and spent some years living and working abroad. I see parallels between travel and counselling, in that both involve the courageous, often challenging process of stepping outside our comfort zone to explore new territory.
- PGDip in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory – Brighton City College
- NCFE Level 2 Award in Counselling – Brighton City College
- BSc with Hons in Sociology – University of Bristol
Membership of professional bodies:
- BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) – Registered Member (Reg.MBACP)
- Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy – 3 year Committee Member and ongoing Practitioner Member
- Working with Young Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse – LSCB
- The Impact of Trauma – Zoe Lodrick
- Existential-phenomenology – University of Brighton
- Gestalt – University of Brighton
- Transactional Analysis (TA) – University of Brighton
- Brief Therapy – University of Brighton
- Focusing – Greg Madison
- Child Sexual Exploitation – The Wise Project, YMCA
- Human Trafficking – The Wise Project, YMCA
- Peer Supported Open Dialogue (‘Study Day’)
- Mindfulness (8 week course)
- SafeTALK suicide awareness – Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- Safeguarding Children and Adults – LSCB
- Health Awareness – RSPH
- Behaviour Change – RSPH
- Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children – LSCB
- National Domestic Violence Support – NCDV
- MARAC – Rise
- Mental Health and Human Rights – BIHR
- Domestic Violence & Abuse: The Impact on Children & Young People – LSCB
- Understanding & Working with Self Injury – Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- Working with Voices – Sussex Recovery College
Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Brighton & Hove