I am not working face to face right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. I can offer remote sessions by video or email sessions.
I set up my private practice in 2007. Usually my face to face sessions are in a quiet, private room in my home in the village of Plumpton Green at the foot of the South Downs. Plumpton Green is a short drive from the surrounding towns of Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Hassocks and Lewes, it has a mainline train station and there is ample free parking.
My counselling approach is person centred. I will work with you to find your own solutions to what is troubling you, providing a safe environment in which to do so.
I worked in a hospice for nine years as a counsellor and bereavement coordinator. I provided counselling to patients and their families as well as bereavement counselling and group work. I am an individual accredited member of BACP (MBACP) and a member of APCCA the Association for Person Centred Creative Arts. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework.
I am experienced in short term work for employee assistance schemes using a solution focused approach.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2004 with a Higher National Diploma in Experiential Person Centred Counselling and as a supervisor in 2009 with a Diploma in Supervision from the Wealden Institute.
My continuing professional development training includes CBT with Heart, a certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy, an introduction to mindfulness, training in bereavement and loss, and a certificate in telephone and online therapy.
I have experience of working with people who have a mental health diagnosis including trauma and dissociation. I have regular continuing professional development.
Before I trained as a counsellor I worked in IT technical support for several large multinational companies. I’ve worked as an administrator/book-keeper for a small local company and as a control centre operator for Mid Sussex lifeline so have experience of a variety of roles and working environments.