I am a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Psychological Society.
Since 2000, I have been working as a therapist with adults in private and public settings, regarding a number of psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, relational problems, LGBT, bereavement, domestic violence, abuse, to name a few.
I am also trained and work closely with families, couples and sexuality related issues, providing support in areas such as sexual difficulties/health, ineffective communication, infidelity, control/power issues, parental guidance, sexual orientation and gender identity.
I began my career in as a Counselling Psychologist in a Health Centre providing therapy for individuals with mental health difficulties. Following this period, I have worked again as a therapist in medical clinics, public schools and the NHS. I have also worked as a career counsellor, helping people with career choices and difficulties integrating the labour market.
For the last 20 years, I have dedicated myself to the study of Psychology and Psychotherapy. I do Continuing Professional Development regularly and keep up to date with the state of the art approaches in therapy. In recent years, I have done training in Body Psychotherapy, Focusing, Transgender Affirmative Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, EFT, Neuroscience, to name a few.
My approach in practice is integrative, which refers to the inclusion of different perspectives in psychotherapy into a flexible and coherent approach, that will suit your needs and personal reality. Integration allows a more complete understanding of the human being, and what are seen as different positions, can be seen as complementary and enriching. My work is influenced by the following psychological perspectives: humanistic, body psychotherapy, biodynamic, constructivist-developmental, systemic, existential, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, critical and social psychology.
Apart from working in one-to-one suport, I also provide training courses and run support groups. At the moment, I am running a Wellbeing and Mental Health course for Transwomen and Transfeminine people, at the Clare Project.
I have a special interest in working with minority groups and people who have experienced discrimination. Our society can be a marginalizing and wounding place, where opportunities and privileges are unequally distributed. For this reason, I believe in working in a socially responsible way by supporting those who are less privileged.
As a way to complement my Psychology training, I have also trained in therapeutic bodywork. Most conventional therapies are purely verbal and do not engage with the body. Recent findings in neuroscience have shown that many psychological/emotional difficulties, such as anxiety, somatizations, depression, benefit from bodywork. This option is available to counseling clients, should they choose to include it in the sessions. Bodywork can include breathwork, visualisations, focusing, biodynamic techniques.
I am a trained Biodynamic Massage therapist, working in private practice and for the Sussex Multiplesclerosis Centre. Biodynamic Massage is a form of therapeutic massage working simultaneously on body and mind, aiming at their integration. It aims at balancing and restoring the vital physiological and emotional processes, allowing us to inhabit a more balanced and harmonious body and mind. For more information, please visit www.biodynamicbrighton.com.
In addition to providing support, I have also founded BCTC – Brighton Counselling Training Centre – a CDP centre offering high quality training in counselling, psychotherapy and other social support areas, as well as personal development (www.bctrainingcentre.com).
Telephone: +44 7901 500 364