Starting counselling and looking at what is causing us suffering in our lives can be daunting. I offer a sensitive, empathic, holding and boundaried space in which difficulties can be identified and explored. The counselling process is collaborative, and while it can be painful and challenging, it can also 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, offering counselling to adults and to young people aged 16 and above. My approach is LGBTQ+ affirmative. I am a fully qualified, registered member of the BACP, hold a current enhanced DBS and receive regular supervision to support my work. My consulting rooms are accessible via one flight of stairs - If you require ground floor access, please contact me and this can be discussed.
The psychodynamic approach is based upon the premise that we all have an unconscious which profoundly influences our experience and behavior. 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.
My approach is pluralistic - I draw upon different theorists according to the unique needs of each individual. I work creatively and place the relationship at the heart of the process. With some people the work will be more Lacanian or Jungian, while for others the insights of Klein, Kohut, or Winnicott will be more relevant. 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.
I have supported people through counselling with:
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.
I have experience in working with emotional dysregulation and trauma. I am able to support clients at a sensitive pace with the difficult work of looking at traumatic experiences.
I am also conversant in issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
The initial meeting will provide an opportunity to get a feel for what working together in a counselling relationship would be like. I will gather some information about 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.