About

The Therapy

I predominately use a Psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy, with some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Systemic tools. This means that I know how to have a conversation with you and ask questions, so we can consider together how your early relationships (such as those with family members, or at school) were experienced, and therefore shaped your personality.

Your unconscious influences your behaviours, therefore we will work towards understanding what feelings may be sitting deep down, beneath conscious thoughts, in order to resolve emotional conflicts which may be causing your distress. This will help to form a new perspective of your experiences, alongside developing a core emotional strength.  

One of the most important aspects of successful psychotherapy is the relationship formed between client and therapist. I will provide you with an empathic and containing environment in which you feel safe to explore your emotional concerns, with my support.

 

Each session lasts for 50 minutes and will be held at an agreed set day and time. Sessions usually take place on a weekly basis, though occasionally it may be appropriate to have them more regularly. 

Open-ended (or long-term) therapy allows us to work at a deeper level, over a longer period of time. This gives us the space to consider all areas of your life. This is reviewed regularly and when appropriate, we will work towards an agreed ending point. 

Short-term therapy is typically a minimum of six sessions and has an agreed topic of focus, though this can be reviewed and adapted.

How does this help me?

People have reported therapy helping them in various ways, though this is hard to generalise as it is reflective of each clients personal life experiences and therefore everyone is different. We will discuss what outcomes you are hoping for, though these may change through the course of the work. 'Feeling better' may look very different to you after a period of time, compared to your first session.

By listening and supporting previous clients, I have:

  • Helped clients to improve their historically troubled family relationships 

  • Helped to develop an ability to form and maintain trusted relationships

  • Helped to process loss

  • Helped clients to establish a sense of control and impact on their own life

  • Helped to find hope and ambition for their future

  • Helped to understand their basic needs and desires for themselves that may have previously been overlooked

  • Helped to feel heard, understood and recognised

The Therapist

  • Abortion

  • Alcohol Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Betrayals

  • Bullying

  • Coping with physical illness

  • Cultural conflicts

  • Depression

  • Domestic abuse

  • Drug addiction

  • Eating disorders

  • Family relationships

  • Incest

  • Insomnia

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Psychosexual issues

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

  • Relationship breakdown

  • Self-harm

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sexual assault

  • Sexuality

  • Specific Learning Differences (such as Dyslexia and AD(H)D)

  • Stress (work, home, education)

  • Trauma

In addition to my own private practice, I work through the Rock Clinic in Brighton, and the University of Sussex. 

I follow the UKCP Code of Conduct, and therefore have regular supervision in order to maintain my professional standards, my own self-care, and to ensure my clients are in safe hands.

I am a qualified Psychotherapist, with experience of providing short- and long-term therapy to individual adults. Together, we can talk about which option may be most suitable for you.

I have worked with a wide age range of clients with a variety of presenting problems. Some of these are listed below:

Qualifications

MSc Psychotherapy (UKCP Accredited)

University of Brighton

PG Dip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (BACP Accredited)

University of Brighton

CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills 

Varndean College

BSc Psychology (Hons)

University of Glamorgan