I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor, working for all the major alcohol and substance misuse counselling services in Brighton & Hove, Sussex and Surrey.
I've had in private practice in Hove for 15 years.
I worked for Possibility People (formerly the Federation of Disabled people ) until 2 years ago when they sadly lost their funding.
Currently, I am the clinical supervisor for the Families and Carers Team a part of 'Pavilions' in Brighton & Hove, 'CGL' substance misuse service in East Sussex and Surrey Drug and Alcohol counselling.
I the trainer for the above organisations with a particular interest in the relationship counselling offered by Fact.
I am also a former chairman of Sussex Counselling & Psychotherapy an organisation whose remit is to promote counselling in the community in Sussex.
Areas of Specialism
Alcohol and drug misuse
I am an experienced alcohol counsellor and my work is based on helping people to understand their problems with alcohol and/or drugs and how this has become an issue that affects their lives. What starts out as a simple pleasure can develop into something that affects relationships, work, family and other areas of life in a disruptive way.
My aim is to help you gain insight into the patterns of drinking, the impact on the present and then decide what needs to be changed and therefore gain more control and choice over your /////drinking/////.
Not everyone drinks or uses drugs for the same reason or wants the same outcome, for example, abstinence, so it is important to come to an understanding in the therapy of what would suit you. I will work with you in a collaborative way and support you through this process.
I understand how deeply families, friends and carers can be affected by the alcohol or substance misuse of those they care about.
If you would like counselling because someone else's drinking or drug use is affecting you I can help you find ways in which you can support this person effectively and help you manage the difficulties of being in a relationship with someone who is alcohol of drug dependant
I have worked for the Federation of Disabled people (now Possability People) from 2008 - 2017
During this time I have met many people who have difficulties with a disability.
Disabilities are often at least one of the following: permanent, irreversible, life-changing and life-shortening. People are frequently dealing with a physical disability and mental health issues (eg depression or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) or both. As well as an inability to work, meet their own self-care needs, look after a family or contribute to society in a meaningful way.
A loss of identity and purpose is often part of what comes with Illness, mental health issues or physical disabilities which can overwhelm our perceptions of who we are. Often in shock, suicidal, facing isolation and being reliant on others to facilitate basic everyday human needs can lead to deep depression and a sense of hopelessness. not only with their own individual difficulty but a high degree of social exclusion.
Caring for someone who is ill
I understand how deeply families, friends and carers can be affected by the of those they care about.
If you would like counselling because someone you care about is not well I can help you find ways in which you can support this person effectively and help you manage the difficulties of being in a relationship with someone who is not well.
The main purpose of relationship counselling is to enable you and a neutral counsellor to help you make sense of whats going on and to talk through whatever issue you have or to simply figure out what those issues are. If you are finding communication not effective.
Difficulty with relationships
Repeating patterns of behaviour, or feeling 'stuck' in a relationship with another person.
Managing difficult feelings - anxiety, stress, anger, sadness, depression, isolation and loneliness.
Issues of loss and bereavement, including divorce, separation, redundancy,
Feeling a lack of purpose or direction in life, or of 'not feeling quite right'.
A greater understanding of yourself
A better understanding of other people
Reasons to feel confident and positive about your future
Ways to enjoy life, rather than just endure it
A less critical or destructive relationship with yourself
An improved ability to make and maintain healthy relationships with others and strategies for managing anxiety, stress.
Have you experienced abuse in a relationship? Are you still involved in such a relationship and struggling to leave? Do you keeping finding yourself with the same sort of partner?