Counselling Therapy Hastings
I am a fully qualified and deeply experienced counsellor with a background in the Social Care field. Initially, I worked with children and young adults with emotional and behavioural difficulties for a number of years before qualifying as a professional counsellor. Alongside my private practice I continue to counsel young people (age range 18+) in clinic, and hold an enhanced (highest level) disclosure and barring service check (DBS). Since I began my counselling training in 1997 I have been working with a wide range of psychological issues.
I often describe my counselling career as a vocation, motivated by a lifelong curiosity in people and their capacity to develop in positive ways. I have a passion for what I do and I think that translates in the work. I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship, rather than any one particular theoretical orientation, is the most important aspect of successful work. There is nothing more satisfying for me as a therapist than to see individuals and couples that I work with enjoy more fulfilling relationships with both themselves and others.
I will encourage my clients (where possible) to keep a therapy journal, in which to record their thoughts, feelings and reflections during our sessions. It is well known that people who journal discover a higher sense of self-awareness and a greater freedom of expression. If you connect to what I’ve shared here, I invite you to explore my website further and contact me if you would like to take that next step.
Qualifications & Training
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and have been working with clients of all ages for over 24 years. I work in a client-centred style drawing on a wealth of clinical resources and skills to suit your individual needs. I believe this integrative approach and flexibility allows me to tailor my response to the individual requirements of each therapy client.
I attend regular, ongoing Counselling Supervision with a highly experienced, accredited Supervisor. I undertake professional training courses and attend monthly therapy workshops to keep my skills up-to-date and to learn of new developments. Since 1997 I have undertaken a broad range of therapeutic and certified counselling and psychotherapy training courses including:
Anger Management, Anxiety and Panic, Bereavement, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Couple Counselling, Depression, Domestic Violence, Dreams, Eating Disorders, LGBTQ Awareness, Mindfulness, Nutritional Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rape & Sexual Assault, Self-Harming, Sexuality, Understanding Suicide, Managing Stress and working with Vicarious Trauma.
I consider myself a life-long student; I never tire of learning. I have a passionate belief in the healing power of therapy and a deep respect for the work of Carl Jung and the wisdom of the body. Since 2008 I have been studying Jungian Psychology, discovering the intriguing world of Archetypes, Dreams and exploring the Second Half of Life. Similar to Jung, I affirm the mind-body-spirit connection, which in 2012 led me to undertake a BANT approved training course with the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION). This in-depth training has given me a greater understanding of Nutrition, enabling me to offer clients sound nutritional advice if required and where appropriate.
I am a fully qualified, professionally insured, BACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Please feel free to view my membership and online registration details held on the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy – BACP REGISTER – Search The Register
Areas of Counselling I work with
I am deeply experienced in working with a wide range of issues including:
|Adoption Issues||Affairs and Betrayals||Anger Management|
|Carer Support||Cancer||Career Counselling|
|Child related Issues||Codependency||Couples Counselling|
|Depression||Domestic Violence||Dream Work|
|Family Issues||Gender Identity||Infertility|
|Low Self Confidence||Mid Life Crisis||Obsessive Compulsive Disorder|
|Panic Disorder||Phobias||Postnatal Depression|
|Pregnancy / Childbirth||Redundancy||Relationship Issues|
|Second Half of Life||Self Harm||Separation and Divorce|
|Stress||Terminal Illness||Work Related Issues|
Other areas of counselling I deal with:
I work with couples of all ages; married or living together, separating or divorcing; with or without children to consider. Couple counselling can also benefit other types of couples such as siblings, parent/young person or even friends. Therapy is often short term with just a few sessions needed to turn relationships around or at least help to separate in a more amicable way. Couple sessions take place on a fortnightly basis.
Issues regarding all kinds of family break ups including divorce, separation and estrangement within families, alongside dealing with difficult people in the workplace. For many years I have offered counselling and support to those struggling with the impact of terminal illness, significant loss and bereavement. I am keen to support those who would like to develop a healthier relationship with food.
My approach is LGBTQ+ inclusive. I actively affirm diversity in my practice and value the opportunity to support those who may want to work through issues relating to their identity, sexuality or gender. I hold great trust in the language of our dreams, particularly when understood through the extensive work of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, and will work closely with a person’s dreams where this relevant or desirable.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ursula K. LeGuin