I am an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor working with individuals in Lewes and Hove. You might be considering counselling and psychotherapy for all sorts of reasons:
- a lack of confidence and difficulty making decisions
- relationships that don’t feel fulfilling
- worries about sex and sexuality
- the effects of the menopause
- concerns about health, food and alcohol
- a search for meaning and the purpose of life
- feeling overwhelmed or feeling empty
- struggling with depression, anxiety or panic attacks
- bullying or stress at work or losing your job
- problems studying or performing
- early abusive experiences
- the death of a loved one
- ageing, illness and death
- feelings of hopelessness and not wanting to carry on living
Whatever the reason, research indicates that the relationship between the client and the therapist is most the important element for good therapeutic work to happen. I believe that each of us has a unique history. With this in mind I aim to welcome each client as an individual, so that we can find a way of working together that feels safe and supportive for you.
Current emotional difficulties and patterns of unhelpful behaviour can be related to deeply held feelings from early memories and experiences, sometimes trauma. Gently exploring these can help bring the past into consciousness and the reasons for some of our more unhelpful ways of thinking can become clear. You might be fearful of making this journey, but reflecting on these discoveries with compassion can help to unravel and reduce their distressing impact on daily living and help us deal with life events.
As human beings we are always in our bodies. For example depression and anxiety have physical symptoms, such as waking early and not being able to get back to sleep, or feeling nauseous and your heart beating too fast. Paying attention to what is happening in our bodies can help bring unconscious thoughts and feelings into awareness, in therapy we can explore these free from critical judgment and a sense of shame.
I have considerable experience working with people experiencing serious long-term chronic mental health problems and well as those who find themselves in crisis, or experiencing feelings of fear, sadness, loneliness, anger, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. My clinical work is informed by person-centred, psychodynamic and existential approaches. My background in education, personal development and the arts means I am well versed in the difficulties and frustrations of working in the creative arts and academia, as well as the strategies people use to sabotage their own creative expression and personal fulfillment.
I am registered as a BACP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and I practice according to their ethical guidelines and their continuing professional development requirements. All my work is supervised by an experienced UKCP accredited Psychotherapist.