I have been counselling since 2012 and set up my private practice in 2016. I have training and experience in a range of therapeutic approaches, integrated around the relationship between client and therapist. What this means in practice is that the way I work will depend upon you, on what you want to look at and how we work best together.
I work in a collaborative way that aims to support you to really understand what is going on for you and what you can to do to deal with it. You are the expert on you, I aim to help you to find a way through the issues you are facing that works for you as an individual, a unique human being. My approach is heavily influenced by existential thinking. So while we may well talk about the past I am likely to encourage you to think about how that is affecting you now and what it might mean for the future. What is your current experience of the world (mentally, emotionally and physically)? How do you relate to others? How do you understand what is happening to you? Where do you have, or where can you create, choice in your life? It also means that I am very much part of the therapy process, not some sort of blank screen that you come and talk at. I want to help you find the natural flow of your world and to work with that rather than against it - for each of us that balance will be different. Mind and body cannot be separated and worked on without reference to the other. Our body holds memories of our past experiences and is often trying to tell us when we are emotionally suffering. This means when we work together, we are very likely to look at how you are physically reacting to your world, literally what you are feeling, and not just what you are thinking.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy. I am an insured and registered member of BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework. I have had training and extensive experience in both short and longer term work with trauma. I provide substance misuse counselling in Brighton working with a group of other therapists (Sussex Alcohol Counselling). For many years I helped train volunteers for Brighton and Hove Samaritans as well as being a listener and trustee in the local branch. Following a previous career as a Director and CEO of national charities, I run a separate business offering management and leadership training, coaching and consultancy services.