Whether you are struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, your relationships, your career or grieving a loved one, are tired of feeling anxious, depressed or mis-understood, stuck, confused, sad, helpless, worthless or overwhelmed, I believe that with the right support you can turn these challenges into opportunities for growth and personal development.
We are aware how important it is to keep physically fit and healthy, and often our mental health can be forgotten.
Seeking help is not self-indulgent, it can support you when you are struggling and be transformational. Taking a step towards positive change may be easier than you think.
Therapy is an opportunity to pause, to examine your life, changing unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, behaviour and limiting ways of relating to others, focusing on helping you to improve your relationships, overcoming your challenges and making sense of things. Many people may also seek therapy simply to learn more about themselves and to develop or maximise their potential.
I love helping my clients to not only manage the difficulties they are facing, but to also achieve through the therapy process a deeper understanding of themselves and develop the tools they need to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
I offer a welcoming, safe, confidential and non-judgmental place, where you will be met with respect and acceptance. A place for you to explore the thoughts, feelings and beliefs or issues that you may be struggling with or are holding you back. Each of my clients bring their own personal journey with their own unique set of challenges and potential, and I offer a flexible, personalised approach to helping them.
I offer online and face to face counselling in Hove on either a short-term (6-18) sessions or long-term basis. I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to give you the opportunity to find out how I work and whether that feels right for you.
I work with clients experiencing difficulties such as: Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Stress, Bereavement, Grief, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Mid-Life Changes, Low Self-Esteem, Low Confidence, Feeling Stuck in Adaptive Patterns e.g. People Pleasing and Avoidance, Unwanted Thoughts or Behaviours or Feeling ‘Stuck’ in your Circumstances, Anger and Co-Dependency, General Unhappiness or Feeling Sad.
Having a weekly opportunity to talk about me was lovely; maybe I do matter after all. "
I really hope that you know how appreciated you are."
I am a registered and qualified counsellor who works with adult clients. Having worked for a few years in a hospice setting I am now working in private practice. I am a warm, empathetic, sensitive, non-judgmental and reflective practitioner. I am interested in people, our uniqueness and differences. I am passionate about my work and through regular CPD I keep up to date and add new ways of working with my clients to get the best outcomes.
I have a garden studio therapy room in Hove and offer week day and some evening sessions.
"VULNERABILITY IS NOT WEAKNESS; IT'S OUR MOST ACCURATE MEASURE
How i work:
I believe each of us has the ability to grow, heal and to ultimately find fulfilment within ourselves. My role is to be alongside you on your journey. By working together I can help you to explore and address what needs to change for you; helping you gain insight into the possible emotional problems and difficulties that might be keeping you in a stuck place, or preventing you from feeling better, and having a greater sense of self.
I work primarily within a Transactional Analysis (TA) framework, which incorporates aspects of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapy. The cornerstone of TA practice is deep respect and empathy. TA is not a therapy which is ‘done to’ the client but is ‘done with’- you will be expected to be a full and active participant in the process and the work is underpinned by us finding together a ‘shared endeavour’ or goal, ensuring that we both maintain focus and are in agreement about the nature and direction of the therapy.
My approach is to explore the root causes of issues in the context of a supportive relationship. This will involve:
♦ working with the present – what needs to change for you, what is problematic or unsatisfying for you right now?
♦ working with the past – when it’s relevant this is helpful to gain a greater understanding of the events that have shaped you, helping to work through
unresolved past issues that you may not be aware of.
♦ looking at the future – what do you want, what needs to change to get what you want?
Depending on the issue I can offer short (6 – 18 sessions) or long-term therapy support. This is flexible and can be changed at any time during therapy. Our first session would be an initial intake session not a therapy session.
♦ Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling
♦ I am a member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and abide by their ethical framework for good practice. I am committed to continuing
professional development and attend regular supervision which I regard as an integral part of good practice.