Starting counselling and looking at what is causing us suffering in our lives can be daunting. I offer a sensitive, empathic, non-judgemental and boundaried space in which difficulties can be identified and explored. The counselling process is collaborative and can bring relief and connection as the meaning of symptoms and experiences are understood and suffering is worked through. I believe that through the therapeutic relationship, profound and lasting change is possible.
I practice psychodynamic counselling in private consulting rooms in Lewes, East Sussex, and at Haywards Heath Counselling Centre, offering counselling to adults and to young people aged 16 and above. My approach is LGBTQ+ affirmative and neuro-diversity sensitive. I am a fully qualified, registered member of the BACP, hold a current enhanced DBS and receive regular supervision to support my work.
The psychodynamic approach is based upon the idea that our early relationships and experiences profoundly influence our lives, thoughts, emotions and choices in the present. Becoming more aware of this in the context of a therapeutic relationship can help to understand ourselves better, resolve conflicts in our internal and external worlds, and gain freedom to live more creatively.
I draw upon different theories and my experience as a counsellor according to the unique needs of each individual. I work creatively and place the relationship at the heart of the process. Work may include looking at past experiences; exploring relationships- including, importantly, the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship; free-association, and the exploration of dreams and fantasies. For some individuals creativity such as writing or imagery is important to recovery, and this may be integrated into our work together.
Experience & Specialisms
I have eleven years of experience working with people experiencing psychological distress, primarily in NHS community and inpatient mental health services as a mental health nurse. My experience includes counselling at Sussex University and Brighton Therapy Centre.
I work with a wide range of concerns and have supported people through counselling with:
What is experienced as traumatic will be different for different people, and may stem from a single event or derive from repeated experiences of relating which may not be easily identifiable. Trauma can leave individuals feeling confused, ashamed, fragmented, empty, afraid or helpless. I work collaboratively with individuals, at a sensitive pace, to work through trauma and understand the impact this has had on sense of self and coping.
I have worked extensively with people diagnosed with high functioning autistic spectrum conditions and have an understanding of the difficulties such as anxiety and depression which may accompany this in a predominantly neurotypical world. I am able to offer a counselling approach tailored to the needs of people on the autistic spectrum.
Sexuality and Gender Identity
Issues related to gender and sexuality involve the whole person. I am conversant with LGBTQ+ issues and have experience of working affirmatively with individuals in a safe and confidential environment to explore thoughts ,emotions anxieties and conflicts related to sexuality and gender identity.
The initial meeting will provide an opportunity to get a feel for what working together in a counselling relationship would be like. You will have an opportunity to share what feels important to you of your history and current circumstances and we can discuss if psychodynamic counselling is right for you. If you decide to begin counselling we will need to agree some practicalities such as the frequency, time, and cost of counselling sessions, as well as discussing confidentiality and your consent.
I am able to offer short, medium, and long-term counselling.