Counselling with Me
EMPOWERMENT, GROWTH AND WELLBEING
Contact: 07572 133734
Professionally qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Experienced in supporting clients with a variety of problems and mental health issues
Confidential sessions focused on your needs
Central Brighton location
£50 per session
I am a professionally qualified counsellor who has been in practice since 2014. During this time, I have supported people with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relationship difficulties.
Some people imagine that their therapists “have it all sorted” when really we are all human. I know from experience how stressful life can be and have gained great value through engaging with counselling when needed. This experience compliments my training to make me the therapist I am today: compassionate, curious, reflective and resilient.
I can walk with you in the depth of your struggles, offering the support you need to find your way through.
Here to help
My counselling style is humanistic and largely informed by the Person-Centred Approach. This means that I focus on supporting you to connect to your inner resources so that you can find your own way forward. This can be deeply empowering and enable you to create lasting change.
As your counsellor, I will value you for the person you are, providing a confidential relationship based on empathy, honesty and respect. Being understood free from judgement, you will gain a sense of safety which makes it easier to face your issues. I will not push you to talk about anything you do not want to, but give you space to lead the direction of sessions. This ensures we explore what is most relevant to you and that your needs are at the heart of our work.
As we explore, I will help you focus in on your thoughts and feelings. I will reflect my understanding of the ways you relate to yourself and the world as I experience this in sessions. This can help you unravel areas in which you feel stuck and notice unhelpful patterns. From there, you can find ways to respond differently when you need to, allowing you to move forward.
I hold a Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy and am committed to further professional development. You can be assured of the high standard of my training through my membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the largest professional body for therapists in the UK. I adhere to their professional and ethical guidelines to ensure I offer you a safe therapeutic environment.
First session and onward
If you are interested in working with me, please get in touch so we can arrange a first session. I recognise that you may feel nervous or unsure about what to expect so I am happy to answer questions before meeting.
In our first session we can go over what has brought you to counselling and explore what you might like to get out of it. You will also be able to get a sense of how counselling with me can help you. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and we will go at a pace suitable for you. It can be a great relief to express what is troubling you for the first time to someone who will meet you with acceptance and understanding.
Going forward, I offer both short-term and open-ended therapy. The number of sessions you have is up to you and will depend on what you want from therapy. Some people find they are happy with just a few to deal with a particular issue. Others prefer to spend longer, exploring at depth. It is standard to start off with 6 sessions, where we meet once a week at the same time. At the end of this period, we review how things are going and you can decide what you want to do. You are also free to finish before the sixth session if you feel you do not need any more.
Working with diversity
I hold a strong commitment to working with diversity in the counselling space. This means that I aim to maintain a keen awareness of how the groups I represent may influence our relationship. I am also aware that the groups you are part of may impact upon the way you experience the world.
In everyday life, it can be hard to be heard when talking about the discrimination you face. Some people are understanding, but it can often be met with anything from passive resistance up to outright hostility. With personal experience of being subject to racial discrimination and prejudice, I work with an increased awareness of these issues. This has helped me support people of different sexualities and gender identities (LGBTQ+) and from various cultural and religious backgrounds.
A little background
Prior to training as a therapist, I ran a business managing property with a focus on letting to people who were homeless. Although this was a valuable service, it did not allow me to connect much to people as individuals. This was something I had always enjoyed when volunteering in supportive roles and I missed it in my everyday work.
Since a young age, I had been interested in the human experience. I believed that if we could foster a greater understanding of ourselves then we would also increase our understanding of others. This would then have benefits which reach beyond the personal and contribute to a healthy society.
For these reasons, training as a therapist felt like an ideal option. It helped me to know and accept myself more through personal counselling and development. It also gave me the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to help others on their own journeys.
Before starting private practice, I volunteered for several charities in London providing counselling to people struggling with addictions, people with anxiety and depression and to young people. I am currently supporting Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) at their low cost service in Eastbourne and through their Survivors of Suicide Service on an ad hoc basis.