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At present I have some availability for sessions on Tuesday morning and afternoon and Thursdays after 12 midday. You are welcome to contact me during working hours.
I am based in Southwick, West Sussex
About me and my therapy practice
I recognize that life can feel immensely challenging at times. Past, or present circumstances, can evoke in us painful feelings, anxiety, anger, shame, sadness, grief, hopelessness. However this all feels, it can be immensely helpful sometimes to talk things through in a calm, confidential setting; to feel heard by someone without judgement, with a view to finding meaningful ways forward. As a B.A.C.P. and U.K.C.P.-registered Integrative Psychotherapist I offer you such a space. I am a sensitive, culturally-aware, empathetic LGBTQI+ affirmative practitioner eager to offer this space to people from all backgrounds.
I bring to my practice 30 years' experience in the public sector working in educational and healthcare settings with people from a cross-section of the community. I have been a teacher, arts therapist, supervisor, part-time lecturer, and author. It was this diverse life experience which informed my decision to become an Integrative Psychotherapist, as I learnt the value of difference, and how people's unique cultural backgrounds, life stories often required tailor-made therapeutic approaches. Having said that, I also believe that underlying our differences are similar human needs: to experience love and feel we belong; to feel that life has purpose and meaning; when things get tough to be able to live with anxiety or uncertainty; to live creatively, and ultimately not feel frightened of life's big questions.
I am committed to the highest standards of practice. I abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework and attend regular supervision with a senior practitioner. I am always updating my knowledge and engage in regular continual professional development.
I have a particular interest in working with you if you are experiencing feelings of depression, whether due to past circumstances, or present difficulties. You may have experienced painful experiences in childhood or adolescence, or this may have started more recently. How you are feeling may be affecting many areas of life - work, family, relationships. Whether or not you feel you have experienced trauma, you may be finding life particularly hard and how you are feeling right now, may feel hard to cope with.
As an integrative practitioner, I am always guided by your needs and will work at your pace, whether you come for just a few sessions, or prefer to explore something longer term. In tailoring my approach according to your needs, I find it helpful to draw upon varied ideas about the human condition. This includes ideas about how the past shapes our early lives (psycho-dynamic and psychoanalytic tradition, Kohut and Transactional Analysis); how we re-gain a sense of purpose or agency and learn to live life creatively, to feel real or authentic (the rich humanistic tradition). Sometimes this requires us to tackle life's big questions (existential ideas about life and death). My approach is to go gently, and consider what this might mean for you in a real practical ways.
My work is informed by recent neuroscience and trauma theory - all of which explain how we (our brains and nervous systems) are impacted by things which feel overwhelming in life, whether experienced long ago or more recently. Here I often draw on polyvagal theory, a coherent bio-psychological model which underpins many practical interventions I may offer. Sometimes, I may work 'top-down,' - using more CBT-based interventions informed by mindfulness and compassion practices. If appropriate, I may also work 'bottom-up' drawing upon my my extensive arts therapies background with body or arts-based interventions, designed to reveal deeper wisdom from the body and psyche.
My first session
I recognize that it can be scary to reach out initially so offer an initial no-obligation free 15 minute phone-call.
If you are happy, I then suggest you come for an initial 50 minute exploratory session. I will ask certain information, which will help us to understand together your main concerns. I believe it is most important that in this initial session, you have a chance to share what is troubling you, that you feel listened to, heard, understood. You may also have questions for me, about how I work and the sessions might proceed. I find it can usually take two sessions before we decide whether working together is going to be a 'good fit.' At this point, I will go through my terms and conditions and we will agree a contract.
Sometimes, it can feel easier to agree to a short time-period (up to 6 sessions) and then to 'review' to see how things feel, whether the sessions feel helpful, or perhaps whether there are other issues which need attention. Sometimes however it can feel very clear how to proceed and what issues you would like to work on.
As part of our collaborative process together, I offer regular 'reviews,' opportunities to talk about what has been helpful, how life is now feeling, and reflections for future work. I believe it is most beneficial for you if endings are thought about and prepared for.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Mood disorder, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Spirituality, Trauma, Women's issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, Cognitive, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Narrative therapy, Person centred, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainees
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited