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
I qualified as a therapeutic counsellor in 2002 and have since worked for Mid-Sussex and Redhill Counselling Centres where I offered both long-term counselling as well as brief Primary Care Trust (PCT) counselling.
In addition to that I worked for five and a half years at Axa PPP Healthcare as a telephone counsellor and case manager in the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
As an integrative counsellor I draw upon different theories depending on your personal needs.I offer a warm, safe and non-judgemental space in which to explore whatever it might be you are struggling with and aim to help you gain greater clarity of what is troubling you.
I believe counselling is about gaining self-awareness which can help us create better relationships in our private lives and at work.
I am committed to my own personal and professional development and attend frequent training courses on a variety of subjects.
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist since 2006
BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Crawley College 2002)
European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Crawley College 2002)
UKRCP registered independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist since 2008
I am an accredited counsellor with 14 years experience of working as a therapist with both couples and individuals. I offer short term and long term therapy.
I have a wealth of experience of working with couples commencing in 2003, when I joined Relate. I continued to work for Relate until 2015, increasing my knowledge and experience, attending various workshops and courses on a variety of topics such as working with abuse, affairs, loss of intimacy, communication difficulties to name a few.
I qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor in 2013 working with individuals using a psychodynamic model. This approach enables us to explore the past to help make sense of the problem in the here and now. I provide a personalised, flexible approach, which ensures I offer counselling based on your needs as an individual.
More recently I have been working both in private practice and for the NHS as a counsellor. Part of this work has involved setting up a new service, working with couples where depression is causing relationship difficulties.This approach helps couples to deal with stress, to think about self-care and create coping strategies.
I continue to develop my interest in working with couples and individuals, who want to improve the quality of their lives and their relationships.
BACP accredited diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2013
IAPT Couple’s Counsellor For Depression training 2017
I have over twenty years experience helping individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-worth, relational issues, and personal conflicts, including experience helping people with sexual and gender concerns.
My speciality is with people who are depressed and who are bereaved and in working with adults.
My approach is to listen to you, and to help you to get in touch with the feelings that you find difficult to express. Sometimes these difficulties originate in our early years and our upbringing influences who we are in the present. Working together, we can hopefully find a resolution that leads to a greater sense of self-worth, fulfilment and which can help you live a more meaningful life, both personally and in relationships with others.
Having worked as a bereavement counsellor, I trained to become a psychotherapist at the British Psychotherapy Foundation. Since then I have worked for many years in the NHS and in private practice as a therapist.
I undertake both short-term or longer, more open-ended work.
I work within the BPC, (British Psychotherapy Council) ethical framework, and undertake associated continual professional development.
I also work as a supervisor and therapist to other counsellors and therapists. This includes trainees from The Tavistock Centre, Surrey University, Roehampton University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Goldsmiths College, and NESCOT.
BSc (Hons) London 1988
Bereavement Counsellor St Helier’s Hospital 1997
Analytical Psychologist 2006
The BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council)
The HCPC (Health Care and Professionals Council)
Member of IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology)
I qualified as a specialist Children and Young People’s Counsellor in 2015 and I have been working in schools and with other agencies since then. My training has given me an in-depth understanding of child development as well as many techniques to help children and young people to talk about, engage with and express their feelings.
My previous work experience was in education as a teacher in London in the 1990s and then in the charity and local authority sectors, always working with families and children.
My therapeutic approach is flexible and attuned to the temperament and preferences of the child or young person I am working with. I work through developing a strong, trusting relationship as the foundation for counselling. I integrate creative arts and play into the counselling which can help children or young people to express and think about difficult feelings or life experiences in a very safe way.
I have particular expertise working with bereaved children and young people. I also work with anxiety, anger, depression, low self -esteem, self-harm, the impact of divorce and parental separation, relationship issues, children who are bullied or who have bullied.
I am a registered member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics. I am fully insured and have an enhanced DBS certificate.
Institute for the Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE):
Diploma in Child Counselling using the Arts 2015
Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts 2011
RSA Certificate in Counselling 2002