I have over thirty year’s experience in the caring profession and have been working as a psychotherapist for more than twenty years. Before training as a psychotherapist, I worked as a residential social worker in a children’s home for adolescent girls.
I then later worked as an assistant therapist in a private psychiatric unit working with adults and young people. While training as a psychotherapist I worked for CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service). During this time I also worked part time as therapist for a young person’s sexual advice service in Tunbridge Wells.
When I moved to Brighton twenty plus years ago. I worked for several years as a support worker providing cover to private children’s home’s as well as council run. During this time I also worked part time, as an outreach therapist for the Dolphin House Children’s Clinic. This work involved the setting up and establishing a therapy service in several junior schools and an infant school in the Brighton area. From 2004 – 2020 I worked one day a week at the Dolphin House Children’s Clinic in New Road, Brighton. Sadly like many charities and organisations Dolphin House was severely impacted by the pandemic and so was forced to cease trading in 2021.
I’ve also worked for Brighton Oasis Project, where I provided therapy to children and young people who were from families of substance misuse and the Sussex Central YMCA where I set up and ran a counselling service for young people who were living in foster care/residential care or who were care leavers. I have held a private practice in Hove and have worked as an associate therapist at the Brighton Therapy Centre in New Road Brighton
I have a Diploma in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (IATE) and a Diploma in Integrative Child Psychotherapy (IATE) and am registered on both the adult and child registers on the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) I also hold the European Certificate of Psychotherapy EAP and remain a registered member of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
Continuing Professional Development
Over the last seven years, I’ve expanded my personal interest in yoga experiencing first hand it’s benefits for psychological health as well as physical. I now hold a teaching certificate in Vinyasa yoga accredited by Yoga Alliance and have trained in Yin yoga and ERTY (Embodied Relational Therapeutic Yoga) My focus on working with the body and breath have added and deepened my skills as psychotherapist.
EMDR and Trauma focused therapy
In 2018 I completed a three day training in CATT ( child accelerated trauma training) which I have found very effective in working with children who have experienced a single episode trauma. This led on to my training in EMDR ( eye movement desensitisation reprocessing) which I completed in 2022. I am noticing (when appropriate) integrating some EMDR sessions into the psychotherapeutic work can significantly help clients move forward in life where previously they may have felt very “stuck.
I continue to work in private practice, either face to face or online via Zoom sessions and am listed as a therapist for Pineapple Support I also provide supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors/therapists.
The information here is a brief overview of my professional history and experience. If you are interested in therapy or supervision or have some questions, you can contact me directly here.