I have been counselling for almost 20 years and I am the clinical director here at Haywards Heath Counselling Centre. I helped set up the practice in partnership with another colleague over 15 years ago, as we wanted to make counselling much more accessible to people in Mid Sussex.
I wanted to train as a counsellor following a really positive experience of my own personal therapy. I completed an inspiring three year Diploma course in Therapeutic Counselling and since qualifying, have worked as a counsellor at Brighton University, within the NHS and for two local charities.
I work largely as a psychodynamic counsellor, which means that we gently explore the connection between our experiences as we grew up and the difficulties that we may face in our lives now. Experience has shown me that, as we begin to understand and work with this connection, we are able to develop a much better relationship with ourselves, which by nature, can lead on to us having better relationships with our friends and families, something I think that is important to us all.
I consider myself to be down to earth and friendly and I work in a way that is both approachable and professional. I am committed to my own professional and personal development and have a very keen interest in progress and research within counselling and psychotherapy.
Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998
Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills 1999
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2001
Various short and longer courses, including;
Certificate in Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice
Attachment and Trauma: the Resilience of Mind and Body
Working with Chronic Illness or Disability
Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Stress
Suicide Across the Lifespan
The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Therapy
Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
£55 per session.
I have worked for over 15 years in many different therapeutic settings such as CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Heath Services) in the NHS, in the psychiatric inpatient unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital London, GP practices, schools, and children’s centres.
I trained and worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust in London, a world-leading centre of excellence for psychotherapeutic training. This is an in-depth training of a minimum of 6 years and is accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP).
I work with children of all ages from perinatal to late teenagers. I sometimes see children with parents, parents on their own or children on their own. I believe in working collaboratively with parents and offer reviews throughout my work to support long lasting and meaningful change.
In the therapy sessions I will be exploring the issues that may have been troubling your child, in older children through verbal and non verbal communication, in younger children, by observing their play and drawings. I would think with them about how their play and drawings may provide a framework for thinking about how they feel.
In addition Child Psychotherapists are trained to use the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and young person to gain an understanding of the child’s difficulties and find new ways of interacting with the world and others, this means being sensitive to the child’ communication and interactions even if they struggle to put their feelings into words.
As well as clinical work I offer supervision to counsellors, clinical psychologists and other professionals who work therapeutically with children and young people.
NHS Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training (ACP) 2015
Tavistock Centre London NHS
MA Infant Observation 2008
Tavistock Centre London
Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy
Tavistock Centre London 2004
£65 per session
I am an experienced counsellor, with a friendly, warm and empathetic approach. I provide you with a safe and confidential space, where you can talk freely and openly. My focus is to support your emotional well-being at a time when you might be experiencing a feeling of being overwhelmed, stressed, and generally finding life difficult or confusing.
I have a particular interest in and experience of supporting people struggling with: childhood and adult trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and panic, relationship difficulties and life transitions. I work with adults of all ages, from people 18+ to those in the later stages of life.
I am a psychodynamic therapist and believe that by gently exploring your childhood experiences together, we can begin to make sense of what is going on for you in the present moment. Our therapeutic journey together will allow time for you to become more self-aware and to find the space to grow and make changes.
Training, Qualifications & Experience
I completed my Diploma as a Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counsellor at the University of Brighton and have been working with clients since 2015. I am fully insured and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and adhere to the BACP code of ethics.
Therapeutic training courses within areas of interest:
Certificate in CBT skills 2018
GDPR training 2018
Trauma Workshop 2018
Working with Survivors of Domestic Abuse: From coercive control through to physical and sexual violence 2017
Wealden Psychology Institute: Attachment, Attachment and Disorder, Trauma and Recovery 2017
Wealden Psychology Institute: Trauma in Children and
Trauma and Recovery 2016
Wealden Psychology Institute: Trauma and Recovery Therapy 2016
Brighton University Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic
Counselling (PGDip) 2017
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 2015
Introduction to Counselling Skills 2014
BSc Honours, Social Anthropology with Psychology 2004
£50 per session