About me and how I work.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy. I am an insured and registered member of BACP and abide fully by their Ethical Framework.
My training included in depth sudy of a number of more traditional approaches to therapy, 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 have also studied and practice mindfulness and where helpful can bring elements of that into the work we do.
As well as my private counselling practice in Brighton, I work with Mankind - a Brighton based charity providing counselling to male survivors of sexual abuse. I previously worked with The Fed (now PossAbility People), a disabled people's organisation for over three years, offering low cost counselling to disabled people and carers. Through this and other work outside of counselling I have developed an ability to work with people facing barriers to communication. I also previously trained in and provided substance misuse counselling, and worked as a counsellor in a Brighton school.
I regularly help train volunteers for a charity that provides emotional support. Following a previous career as a Director and CEO of national charities, I run a separate business providing training, coaching and consultancy services.
I work in a collaborative way that aims to support you to identify what is going on for you and how you can begin to deal with it. You are the expert on you, I can help you 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?
On a personal level I am interested in Taoist philosophy and meditation. I want to help you find the natural flow of your world and help you work with that rather than against it - for each of us that balance will be different.
In my private practice I aim to be as flexible as possible to minimise barriers people may face in accessing counselling.
I mainly work from a fully accessible consulting room next to Preston Park train station in Brighton. There is some dedicated parking available as well as on street parking through most of the day. I see clients on Mondays, Thursday mornings, Friday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday mornings.
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