About Me:
 
I believe that when we know ourselves more fully we don’t have to get stuck in a particular way of behaving or being. We have choices about how we respond and react and can find our own unique self-expression.
     
Counselling sessions with me offer you the opportunity to explore your personality – celebrating what you like about yourself, as well as acknowledging what you are not so happy with.
     
Facing what we would prefer to deny or ignore in ourselves can be liberating. We can discover hidden strengths.
     
Qualifications:    
     
MBACP (Accred)    
I am an Accredited member of the BACP – The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I adhere to BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy which includes clear information on professional conduct and a complaints procedure.
     
PG Dip Counselling    
I have a postgraduate diploma in Psychosynthesis counselling from the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, London SE1. Psychosynthesis is transpersonal counselling that belongs in the humanistic field of therapy. I view each client as whole, individual and unique person – I am not just seeing the issue(s) they bring to counselling. My aim is to enable each client to develop their own self awareness, have choice and find purpose and potential.
   
Diploma in Supervision  
I have a diploma in supervision from Pam Nell Associates, Kent .
     
Certificate in Counselling Children & Adolescents
I have a certificate in counselling children and adolescents from the University of Kent.
 
Certificate in CBT Skills
I have a Certificate in CBT Skills (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) from WPF Therapy, London SE1.
Location:
I currently see private clients in central Rye, East Sussex.
 
General Information:
I have years of experience counselling adults, children and young people in a variety or settings – private practice, NHS, primary and secondary schools, agencies and charitable organisations. I set up and managed a pilot school counselling service in a London-based secondary school and have worked as a bereavement counsellor.
 
Universal stuff!
On my life’s journey so far many things have caught my attention. I share here some things I have found poignant and inspiring - they may be of interest and relevance to you:


Everyone, at some time in their life, must choose whether to stay with a ready-made world that may be safe but which is also limiting, or to push forward, often past the frontiers of common sense, into a personal place, unknown and untried.”
Once you can talk about what troubles you, you are some way towards handling it…..And when you have found your voice, you can be heard.”
“…not all dark places need light, I have to remember that”.
"I seemed to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line".

All of the four above quotes are from Oranges are not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson, 2001, Vintage, London

I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back”
a line from ‘The invitation’ by Oriah, 1999, HarperOne, San Fransisco

"I’m lost between two shores
I’ve got an emptiness deep inside, I’ve tried but it won’t let me go
I am lost and I can’t even say why"

from the song “I am I Said” by Neil Diamond

He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how” – Nietzsche
Victor Frankl, Austrian psychotherapist ‘Man’s search for meaning’, 2004, Rider London


“….of all the emotions attached to pain, anger is the one least spoken of. Loneliness, yes. Remorse, yes. But white fury? It came in a flash, when I wasn’t expecting it……” “The anger throbbed in my belly as if it were breathing”.
From The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, by Rachel Joyce, 2014, Transworld, London


"I decided to walk, because walking can be a way of working out the anger and pain, one step at a time, passing it through your feet to the road beneath, leaving each load behind.”….”Added to which it gave me longer before I had to face anyone”
Under An Angry Sky by Penny Bill, 2012, Enbrook Publishing, Kent


Patient: “Doctor Doctor it hurts when I do this”
Doctor: “So don’t do it!”

Tommy Cooper

We are who we are because of those we choose to love and because of those who love us”
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse, 2010, Orion, London