Counselling can be helpful at different times in life, not just when in crisis, but also when experiencing change, or as a pathway to growth and personal development.
Deciding to see a counsellor is an important decision and you will want to ensure that the counsellor you choose is the right person for you. I work as a counsellor with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
Although I work with all client issues, I have two areas of specialist experience, the first being issues of trauma, abuse and neglect, particularly in childhood. I had a long association with Mankind, a Sussex-based charity providing counselling and other therapeutic services to men affected by rape and/or sexual abuse. I gained extensive experience as a counsellor at Mankind over the course of 4 years, followed by time serving as a trustee on the Board of Directors. I have a comprehensive understanding of the effects of abuse on an individual, family and society. My sensitive and empathic approach creates a safe environment where clients can feel able to explore their deepest hurts.
For more than a decade I have been working with clients with drug and alcohol issues and I have knowledge of various treatment models including harm minimisation and the 12-step philosophy. I have worked in a residential detox unit, residential treatment and aftercare services. I am able to counsel individuals seeking to change their drug/alcohol use and I understand early recovery processes. I can offer specialist relapse prevention work to individuals, groups and organisations. As a self-employed counsellor, I also work for Sussex Breakeven, a franchise of GamCare, providing counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling and have an understanding of the prevalence and treatment of gamblers.
I am experienced in helping clients who have difficulties with:
My counselling practice is a few minutes' walk from Eastbourne train station and accessible from Brighton, Newhaven, Bexhill, Seaford, Polegate, Lewes, Hastings, Hailsham and many other parts of Sussex and Kent.