June 2020 update - I am currently fully booked for remote sessions during lockdown and will not be taking on new clients until I can return to face to face work. If you'd like to be added to my waiting list for then, please do get in touch.
I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy in Brighton (BN2 1RD) to provide a safe, confidential, supportive space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences. You might seek counselling and psychotherapy because you are struggling to cope, feeling dissatisfied with your life, having problems with relationships, 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, think about your future or get some extra support to help you through a tough time. Perhaps you feel worried all the time, overwhelmed by emotions, are chronically stressed or can't feel much of anything. These are all good reasons to come to counselling and no problem is too small for therapy if it's troubling you.
My approach sees each person as an individual with different therapeutic needs, rather than one size of therapy fitting all. This means I work flexibly to suit you but with a focus on creating a strong relationship between us, working together to meet your goals, and supporting you to find your own answers rather than providing advice.
I have experience working therapeutically in a range of settings including in schools, colleges, in the NHS and in community settings, and with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, relationship difficulties, chronic health issues, and problems at work or in education.
I also have particular experience working with issues around gender and sexuality, with LGBTQ+ clients, with clients who practice non-monogamy, polyamory, BDSM, and other non-traditional relationships, and with clients who are sex workers.
I endeavour to practise in a way that is anti-oppressive and accessible, takes a Health At Every Size approach, acknowledges and respects differences in race, gender, sexuality, ability, class, age, religion, and culture, and works to understand the impact of these on mental health and wellbeing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
No one in the therapy world can agree on this, which can be confusing for people trying to find support. Some people associate counselling with shorter issue-focused work and psychotherapy with longer open-ended personal development work. I use the terms interchangeably and will discuss with you what type of support you are looking for in our initial consultation.
What happens in the initial consultation?
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 for me to get a sense of what you are looking for from therapy and whether I can support you with that, or whether another type of service might be more appropriate for you.
How much do you charge?
The initial consultation is free, then sessions are charged at £50 (£40 concessions for students and those on low incomes).
If that's beyond your budget, you might find this list of local free or low-cost counselling services useful.
When do sessions take place?
Sessions are 50 minutes long and take place weekly unless otherwise agreed. A number of sessions can be agreed in advance or sessions can be ongoing with regular reviews of progress to make sure they are meeting your needs.
What are your qualifications and training?
I hold a postgraduate diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from University of Roehampton, a CPCAB certificate in Counselling Skills, and a certificate in Couples Counselling. In addition I have completed training in suicide prevention, working with self-injury and trauma, working with clients experiencing abuse, alcohol and substance misuse, creative therapeutic methods, working with post-slavery trauma, and therapy in nature settings.
I have also completed specialist training in working with autistic and other neurodiverse clients, and in issues relating to LGBTQ+, polyamorous, non-monogamous and kinky clients.
What type of therapy do you practice?
I work integratively, which means that I draw on a variety of different therapeutic models, including existential therapy (thinking about meaning, purpose, freedom and responsibility in our lives), attachment theory (reflecting on how our early experiences with caregivers influenced our later relationships), polyvagal theory (thinking about how stress on our nervous systems affects our emotional experiences), mindfulness-based and compassion-focused therapy (exploring acceptance, self-compassion, and non-judgement towards ourselves), and cognitive behavioural therapy - 'CBT' (considering how patterns of thinking and behaving affect our feelings), as well as considering how our social world impacts on each of us. And it's totally fine if you have no idea what this all means or what type of therapy you're looking for!
Will our sessions be confidential?
Anything you disclose during sessions will remain confidential, unless there is a risk to your safety or to someone else's, or disclosure is required by a court of law or a legal requirement.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work within their Ethical Framework. As part of my professional responsibility to you I regularly discuss my work with a qualified clinical supervisor to ensure that clients are receiving the best possible service. I discuss client work anonymously in supervision and will not share any identifying details about you to ensure that your confidentiality is maintained.
Do you offer online sessions?
I can offer occasional video or phone sessions to clients I'm already working face to face with to accommodate them travelling for work, or fluctuating pain and mobility issues, etc. but do not currently work with clients who need all their sessions online.
You can find a directory of therapists trained in working online at acto-org.uk/seeking-a-therapist/.
Are your sessions accessible?
I try to make my practice as accessible as possible, including having access to a ground floor office for any clients who need this, keeping the lighting low, making fiddle toys and colouring available for clients to use during sessions, being flexible around scheduling sessions, and encouraging clients to make the therapy space comfortable for them. However as everyone has different access needs I discuss these with clients when starting therapy. If you have any questions about accessibility do let me know using the contact form below.
How do I make an appointment?
Use the contact form below and I will be in touch to let you know my availability.
June 2020 update - I am currently fully booked for remote sessions under lockdown and will not be taking on new clients until I can return to face to face work. If you'd like to be added to my waiting list for then, please do get in touch.
Get In Touch
Send me a message using the contact form below
to find out my availability