Counselling enables people to explore difficulties that may be preventing them from moving forward in their lives, whether the concern is with issues in the present or something that relates to the past.
I work as a therapist, counselling both individual clients and couples seeking help with their relationships. With over ten years experience, I have practiced in a variety of settings, helping clients, ranging in age from eighteen to over eighty, work through a wide range of personal difficulties and concerns.
I am a qualified counsellor, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and a Post-Qualification Diploma in Counselling Couples. I am also a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor.
I work both psychodynamically and systemically:
The psychodynamic approach recognises that many of our earliest experiences affect us in our present lives and relationships.
The systemic approach seeks to address people in relationship to others, how they interact and the dynamics of the relationship.
As a member of BACP, I practise within its Code of Ethics, which means I receive regular supervision.
I have had eight years experience co-ordinating, presenting and conducting parenting skills support groups in association with The Parent Network (now part of Parent-Line Plus), offering parenting skills groups for parents with children from toddlers to teens.
I have contributed to the book Raising Happy Children, What Every Child Needs Their Parents to Know – from 0 to 7 years by Jan Parker, Jan Stimpson, Dr. Dorothy Rowe, Hodder & Stoughton Publishers, 1999.
I have also worked for fourteen years in association with PIPPIN (Parents in Partnership – Parent Infant Network) as a practitioner in Sussex, supporting and educating men and women in the transition to parenthood with parent-infant relationships, and nationally, training and supervising professionals who work with expectant and new parents as they changed their practices to provide greater support in the ante-natal and post-natal periods.
I have been working as a counsellor of adults of all ages with a wide spectrum of issues both privately and as a volunteer in a counselling service since 1997.
I have a particular interest in supporting couples, before a baby is conceived, fostered, or adopted, to discuss the questions and issues each partner considers about becoming a parent.
I charge a standard hourly fee on each session: for clients who come to meet me in my Amberley location: £35 an hour to individuals and £45 an hour to couples, with some concessionary places available in certain circumstances. For clients requesting evening sessions starting from 7 pm, I charge £40 per session for individuals or £50 for Couple Counselling. Payments can be made in cash or by cheque on the day of consultation; for clients who come to meet me in central Chichester: £45 an hour to individuals and £55 an hour to couples, with some concessionary places available in certain circumstances.
Parking is on street and free and usually available within a few steps of my practice.