I am an Integrative Child Psychotherapist who works along side families, young people and children in Lewes, Brighton and the surrounding area. I hold a Masters degree in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts and a Certificate in Counselling Skills, all of which were gained at The Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education, London. I have also studied meditation techniques and regularly utilise mindfulness.
I am a professional member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP Trainee Membership, working towards full accreditation), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). I adhere to a strict code of ethics and attend weekly clinical supervision. I have full professional insurance cover and an up-to-date enhanced DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service) certificate.
Before opting to become a therapist I had several jobs and spent time travelling and working. I have always had a keen interest in the arts, and many years ago gained an undergrad degree in photographic art from Falmouth University. Whilst I am now a keen wildlife photographer, I continue to be interested in how the arts can help us recognise and move beyond difficult life experiences. This interest led me to develop my knowledge on the therapeutic benefits of creating art images by opting to train as a therapist. I first studied counselling skills and went on to complete my masters in Integrative psychotherapy.
As an Integrative therapist, I work with attachment, psychoanalysis, humanistic and systemic theories, whilst I also have a keen interest in cutting-edge developmental psychology, neurobiological processes and psychotherapy practices. I can help children and young people with a wide range of concerns and difficulties, and along side talking I can offer play, art and creativity within psychotherapy to help those I work with express themselves fully and move beyond difficult experiences and associated feelings. I am also interested in issues of trauma, specifically developmental trauma and the how this impacts a child and the parents/carers, and family surrounding such a child.
My clinical experience includes work within nurseries, schools, universities, professional agencies and private practice where I work with children, young people and parents individually, facilitate group work for specific needs and provide psycho-therapeutic advocacy for children within networks. I am able to work with a wide range of personal concerns, experiences and difficulties and I welcome all children, young people and parents, as well as professionals working with vulnerable young people, i.e. adoption concerns and fostering.
Currently I work with many children and parents each week and along side psychotherapy, I work with education staff offering training on attachment, behaviour and mental health. My approach is non-directive and I offer an empathic, accepting and sensitive space where I use my experience and knowledge to support and promote wellbeing and the development of healthy relationships.