I am an experienced UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist offering psychotherapy sessions to individuals and couples in Brighton & Hove and in Lewes. I also offer clinical supervision to trainee and registered counsellors.
My approach is based on working relationally, meaning I focus on establishing a safe and supportive alliance with my clients, before exploring how past experiences and relationships are influencing their choices, values, beliefs and relationships with others in the present. In my work, I am primarily informed by psychodynamic, attachment-based and existential thought and theory.
As a psychotherapist, it is my belief that our mind and body are intricately connected – what our mind experiences, so does our body. I therefore find it invaluable to bring a focus to the body in my clinical work enabling clients to learn to become more present and aware of their bodies moment to moment, to learn to regulate (manage) emotional states through the body and to heal trauma that has become ‘stuck’ in the body.
Whilst I am clinically trained to both diagnose and work with specific and serious mental health conditions, my clinical perspective is that most, if not all, of the psychic troubles we experience are rooted in trauma. It is only through the appropriate revisiting of this earlier trauma and successful processing of the associated emotional states – physical and psychological – that we can be freed of re-experiencing these unprocessed past traumas in the present.
My clinical experience comprises a background of over 10 years experience in the field of applied psychology. I have worked in a clinical capacity as both a counsellor and psychotherapist across a range of public and private settings, including the NHS. Until recently I spent four years working as a psychotherapist as part of a multi-disciplinary team in palliative care working with terminal patients and their relatives. I now split my time between my two practices in Brighton and Lewes.
I have worked with clients affected by many different issues, some of which have been very personal and particular to that individual and others which are common to many of us at some point in our lives such as bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and anger management. As a clinical psychotherapist I am trained to work with clients with short-term issues, through to more long-term complex work.
My training includes both academic and professional training undertaken in Australia and the UK.
- BA Comb. Hons., Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
- Diploma in Counselling, Eastleigh College, Southampton
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Brisbane, Australia
- MA, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Goldsmith College, University of London
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (AdvDipIntPsych), Regent’s College, London
I am open to working with clients from all sexual orientations and lifestyle choices and am comfortable bringing a multi-cultural awareness into my work.
I am registered member of the UKCP as an integrative psychotherapist and abide by their Code of Ethics. I am also a registered member of The Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology.