I am a BACP registered Humanistic Counselling Therapist working from private rooms in Hove, near Brighton in East Sussex.
Struggling to find meaning, feeling stuck or disconnected from ourselves and other people for whatever the reasons, can be an isolating experience. I offer a space to explore the issues that are of real concern to you where all is necessary and welcome in the therapeutic process.
Coming to terms with all that we are (both the good and bad stuff) with acceptance and compassion, allows us to become more at ease with ourselves and the world, coping more effectively with the stressors in our day to day.
Therapeutic change comes from inviting in the stuff we shrink away from, that makes us feel uncomfortable or scared. It is the process of getting to know the so called good and bad bits of ourselves that enable us to be fully functioning, real people out in the world.
Strangely, it is by becoming curious about why we are fearful, ashamed, depressed, addicted or angry that enables us to gain some control of patterns of behaviour that have been overwhelming. With this self-awareness we can begin to make responsible choices that work for us.
Drawing from a humanistic approach to counselling, I firmly trust that within a safe supportive relationship we can all come to appreciate how our beliefs about ourselves and the world can shape our current experiences. Through a process of discovery and gentle enquiry we may come to know new ways of thinking, feeling and being that could at first seem unfamiliar but more authentic and meaningful to us. Although centred within the field of ‘talking therapies’ I draw upon creative ways of working that offers you this embodied experience which can be the key to new perception and change. Mindfulness, visualisation, breath, sound and body work, trauma education and/or creative play may prove to be surprisingly important tools in supporting you through this chapter in your life. I offer a space for philosophical and spiritual enquiry.
With many years of relevant experience in the field of therapeutic relationship, as mediator, mentor and facilitator, my personal and professional development is ongoing with training courses, workshops, personal therapy, supervision and updated reading. This is in accord with the professional and ethical guidelines set out by the BACP for working practice of which I am a registered member.
I work with people who wish to focus on specific issues over a short period of sessions or those who feel long term open ended counselling is more appropriate to meet their needs. I invite us to regularly review our work together to ensure that your therapeutic needs and goals are being met.
I offer a free initial meeting where you can explore whether working with me fits with your own expectations and needs. Its a chance to ask questions face to face, get a clearer picture of how we might work together on you concerns and issues and see if it feels right for you. If it does we can discuss a convenient time slot for us to meet on a weekly basis. Consider the question "what brings you to counselling now?" I imagine you will have some idea however general or vague.