The way I work is based on the notion that the past can effect your experiences and feelings in the present, along with the idea that important relationships, perhaps from early childhood, may create a pattern for how you respond to people later on in life. I can help you to see unconscious processes that you may be unaware of and in doing so, help you to make conscious choices moving forwards. I also offer practical tools (such as breathing techniques and ways of challenging thought patterns) as alternative methods of coping with the difficulties you may be experiencing.
As a counsellor and therapist I aim to be as neutral as possible without sharing much information about myself. This makes it more likely that important relationships (past or present) will be mirrored in the relationship between us, thus giving crucial insight into helping you to work through your difficulties. The therapeutic relationship is an important part of counselling as it can reveal the way in which a person interacts with those around them. We will often assess emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain more understanding into your present-day problems. We will also highlight patterns which may be recurring, this could help you to see the ways in which you may be avoiding difficult situations, or to see defense mechanisms you may have developed as a way of coping. In doing so, you will be able to take steps towards changing and challenging those patterns, thoughts, and behaviours.
I’m a BACP registered fully-qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. I completed my post-graduate psychotherapeutic training at Brighton University, during which time I worked within the LGBTQ+ communities. Prior to this I worked providing rape survivor support, as well as in general psychotherapy clinics within the East Sussex area. I also have a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and part Psychology, and an earlier career background in teaching.