A sensitive and empathic approach creates a safe environment where clients feel able to explore their deepest hurts.
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.
Working face-to-face in Eastbourne, by telephone and through Zoom.
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 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.
I have over 20 years of experience working with clients with drug and alcohol issues and I have knowledge of various treatment models including reduction 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 worked for the charity Breakeven, a franchise of GamCare, providing counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling. I have a comprehensive 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.