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- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Concessionary rates
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
About me and my therapy practice
I work with Trauma PTSD and with Autism Aspergers; via Skype or in my Brighton based therapy room. I first create a supportive therapeutic relationship listening to your concerns and experiences. My practice is built on Empathy: so you feel deeply understood; Congruence; so I am genuine in my relationship with you and Unconditional Positive Regard; that I do not judge whatever you bring to sessions. I work to create a therapeutic environment that enables people to begin to heal.
My practice is guided by Judith Herman’s ‘3 Stages of trauma recovery’. Stage 1 Safety and Stabilisation; to increase resources and teach psycho educational techniques to manage body felt symptoms of trauma or anxiety. I introduce ‘The Window of Tolerance’ model, to increase understanding of the meaning of symptoms and practice with clients, ways to respond when in distress. I help people develop confidence to feel safe and in control, creating a toolbox of resources that can be practiced outside of therapy sessions.
Stage 2 Trauma processing. Once you have the skills to manage your symptoms, we can move to phase two; processing what happened. This can include; reviewing or discussing the impact of the trauma to lessen the intense feelings and physical symptoms, consider the meaning of traumatic events on your life and identity and to process grief about unwanted or abusive experiences.
Stage 3 or ‘Moving On’. This is about reconnecting with people or animals, finding meaningful activities and consideration of other aspects of living eg. spirituality, education or other positive pursuits.
Walking Sessions. If you prefer to work in nature or ‘outside’ the usual room based therapy environment, I am happy to discuss 50 minute walking sessions in the vicinity of my therapy room. I am open to discussing email counselling or therapeutic letter writing.
I originally trained as a Person Centred Counsellor and have gone on to complete further training in the therapeutic applications of neuroscience. I work with care and understanding about the impact of trauma and anxiety/depression on the brain and therefore everyday functioning. My practice is about connection, empathy, supporting people to understand their symptoms and to increase their resources both in and outside sessions.
My first session
I offer an initial half hour session to meet, either in person or via Skype/Zoom, charged at £15.00. This is to get an idea of the ‘fit’ for working together, answer any of your questions and find out a bit more about your previous experiences of therapy/support and your reasons for wanting counselling at this time.
Sessions thereafter are on the hour and charged at £50 per 50 minutes. I can offer short term therapy (typically 6-18 sessions), but am unable to offer fortnightly sessions. The exception to this is when people are coming to the end of counselling, when it may be appropriate to stagger fortnightly sessions for a short period of time.
What I can help with
ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Gestalt, Humanistic, Person centred, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited