MBACP, PGDip, MSc, MA (Oxon), BA (Hons)
Whether on your own or as a couple/intimate relationship, I am here for you if you’re going through something that’s difficult, confusing or unbearable. No matter how hopeless it feels, bring what you’re experiencing to the safety of our therapy room and together we’ll find a way forward for you.
Therapy with me is a space to slow down and expand your awareness of what you’re experiencing so that you can find a way through. It can also be a place to experiment, take risks, and even be rebellious. I’ll be right there with you, side-by-side, as we create a containing and reliable moment in your week for you to meet the challenge of change at your own pace. You might just discover parts of yourself that you couldn’t see before, like the roots of a tree, so that you can stand resilient and flexible in the face of life’s challenges.
I offer both 1:1 and couples/relationship therapy. I am a humanistic therapist focusing on the Gestalt approach, which primarily explores your here-and-now experience and can help you creatively manage a decision, event or crisis, or explore deeper aspects of yourself and your relationships. It is informal, collaborative, experimental, honest, playful and challenging when that feels right. It explores how you notice and meet your needs, or ignore them to protect yourself. It explores your relationship patterns. It expands your flexibility and choice to be many different, sometimes contradictory things (light and dark, strong and vulnerable, serious and funny, solitary and sociable), allowing you to be adaptive in a changing world.
Humanistic therapists explore the “whole” you (beliefs, feelings, bodily sensations, gestures, memories, fantasies, etc.), constantly influencing and influenced by those around you. They are not the expert knower of the “truth” or of what you “should” think, feel or do. Your experience is your truth, and the right way forward for you will naturally emerge the more aware you are of how you think, feel or behave. I am influenced by existential ideas of human potential, fluidity, authenticity, freedom and choice.
I have worked as a therapist with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for a number of years. This, coupled with my own LGBTQ+ identity, gives me a passion and respect for Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD). I previously did mental health research exploring how we know whether people benefit from therapy, the stories people tell about their lives, and the Recovery Approach. I have delivered psycho-educational groups on “shame”, supported older people in their homes, and worked with people with a wide range of diagnoses, including eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychosis.
- PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
- Certificate in Couples & Relationships Therapy – The Gestalt Centre (in training)
- MSc Experimental Psychology – University of Sussex
- Cognitive Remediation Therapy Qualification – King’s College London
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- BA (Hons) Classics – University of Oxford
Other professional development
- Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
- LGBTQ+ affirmative practice
- HIV Awareness
- Suicide intervention (ASIST and SafeTALK)
- Working at Relational Depth
- Working Therapeutically with Sand Trays
- Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression
- Peer Mentoring & Personal Development
Areas of interest
I welcome all experiences, from depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm, to trauma and physical or emotional abuse, to work and relationship difficulties. Particular interests include:
Identity – Affirming and exploring confusion or changes in sexuality, gender, age, relationship diversity, or cultural and spiritual identity.
Intimate relationships – I am fiercely committed to working with relationship diversity. I welcome and work affirmatively with polyamorous relationships, open relationships, monogamous relationships and any other intimate relationship involving two or more people, including friendships and family relationships (e.g. siblings).
Needs – Responding to our needs, putting ourselves or others first, particularly understanding, expressing and responding to our emotions.
Improvisation – Being present and creative in our moment-to-moment responses (I have a background in classical and folk music).
Language – The stories we tell about ourselves, and how the words we use change our experience of ourselves, others and the world.
Loss – Not only the complex emotions following a bereavement, but also loss of the past, a career, a relationship, a role (e.g. mother), or part of yourself.
Availability and timings
Sessions are available every weekday (day and evening), and Sunday afternoons.
Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. We can decide on shorter-term counselling (e.g. 6, 12 or 24 sessions) or longer-term psychotherapy. I currently only offer therapy to those 18 years or older.
A light and quiet private therapy room in Hove (BN3). Online sessions also available.
Individual therapy: From £50 per 50-minute session.
Couples/relationship therapy: From £60 per 50-minute session.
Reduced-cost slots may be available for people while they are a student or unemployed.
Our initial 50-minute meeting is an opportunity for us to explore what you are going through, what brings you to therapy, how therapy and my approach work, your hopes for therapy, and whether it feels like a good fit to work together.
Getting in touch
Phone: 07834 537441 (texts welcome)