- Phone number
- 07866 674699
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
I was a traditional face-to-face therapist, running my private practice from my home in Horsham. It offered a safe, comfortable & confidential space for clients to explore their feelings without judgement.
At the outset of the pandemic, I reluctantly moved to online therapy and what a surprise! It offers most of the benefits of face-to-face therapy plus more flexbility and convenience for the client. Less time is wasted travelling to your appointment and there are different types of online therapy to choose from: Zoom, email, instant messaging and phone, all having their own advantages. You can even switch between them, according to your needs.
Wanting to do things properly, I enrolled on an 80 hour training course run by The Online Therapy Institute to make sure that I am working to the highest standards possible in this new world. Having completed this, I am very excited to be able to offer this service with confidence.
As I also have an MA in Creative Writing & Personal Development from Sussex University, I can work creatively with all clients if that is wand the young people and adults alike. Free on-site parking.
My normal private practice fee for adults is £45 (50 mins), the fee for young people is £40 (40 mins) although I do offer a 30 minute instant messaging session for £25.
I can offer appointments between the hours of 0845and 1815 each weekday.. Sessions are usually weekly, particularly at first but this can be negotiated later down the line if it would be beneficial to change to fortnightly instead. I understand that shiftworkers struggle to commit to regular time slots so this is something I will try to accommodate.
When you book with me, I will ask about your familiarity with different types of technology to help you choose the most appropriate option for you. Some people like to take time to compose their words and not be in the gaze of a professional so might prefer to communicate by email. My email service includes 2 replies to you a week based on me spending roughly 30 minutes each time.
Many of us have become familiar with Zoom during the pandemic and it's great for being able to feel connected visually. There are some considerations to think of such as whether you can find the privacy to have your counselling but I will provide you with information you need to think about beforehand.
Instant messaging is a powerful means to communicate because of its relaxed feel and lack of a need to write 'properly'. It provides an element of anonymity because we can't see each other and this can help us to be more open.
Similarly, counselling by phone can be a good way to make a deep connection to your therapist and it's relatively easy to use, even if you're unfamiliar with smart phones or computers.
All of the above methods are subject to what is known as 'the disinhibition effect' which is that the anonymity of being physically distant brings on a deeper connection more quickly than in face-to-face therapy. This can be helpful but something I will be mindful of supporting you through to make sure that you are feeling safe with what you have expressed.
My first session
This first session is all about exploring exactly how you would like me to support you and whether we are a good fit for working together.
I usually invite clients to come up with at least one goal that they would like to work towards and we would review this every 4 weeks to check whether therapy is progressing in the way you would like.
Many people are anxious about their first counselling session so online, I try to create an environment which I hope feels safe and peaceful. I do this by being non-judgemental, transparent and with listening with empathy.
I look forward to meeting you in cyberspace!
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma
Types of therapy
CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited