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- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) senior accredited counsellor. I am an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Europe Accredited Practitioner. I have over 30 years experience of working with people experiencing mental health issues. This experience has been obtained in the NHS, in charities and in educational sectors.
My first counselling training was in relationship therapy and I worked for the London Marriage Guidance Council. I also worked and trained in the Psychotherapy Department of the Maudsley Hospital in South London; I had a clinical attachment to the Director for three years. I have completed many training programmes since. These include Brief Solution-Focussed Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Family Mediation (I hold Legal Aid Board recognition), working with asylum seekers and refugees (I completed a one-year course with the Refugee Therapy Centre in London) and in clinical supervision (with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development).
I work part-time for the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service (NHS) in which organisation I held the post of Black Minority Ethnic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor for ten years. I am also a member of the Management Committee and a Trustee of Sussex Interpreting Services.
At the Brighton Therapy Centre and at the Rock Clinic I work privately with people experiencing a variety of psychological and emotional issues. These issues include depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress-related conditions and trauma. I work with adults, both individuals and couples. I am very experienced in working with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and with people who belong to minority groups.
I have a good understanding of physical heath problems; I am able to work with the psychological effects and impact of physical health diagnoses and conditions.
As a counsellor I work principally in a psychodynamic way. That is, I am influenced by the understanding that early experiences lay down foundations that influence and inform later events later in life. Furthermore, I recognise the significance of unconscious processes; the expression of these, in the form of dreams, for example, can give insights into how mental health issues both develop and are maintained.
However, I have had training in other approaches. Training in, and working with colleagues using different therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Systemic Therapy, has enriched what can be brought into the therapy. Some people would call this an eclectic or integrative approach.
The most important part of counselling, though, is the building of a therapeutic alliance. This is a professional relationship in which a safe and supportive environment is developed, allowing a careful and sensitive exploration of the mental health issues brought to the therapy. My approach differs from the medical model in that, rather than asking, "What is wrong with you?", I would ask, "What has happened to you?"
I am also an experienced clinical supervisor and trainer. I offer individual and group supervision to trainees and qualified practitioners from different professional backgrounds including counselling psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and mental health practitioners.
A former academic, I retain my enthusiasm for sharing information and understanding, and I still occasionally teach at university and write articles.
Areas of interest
Relationships; relationship difficulties; sexual issues; sexuality; depression; low mood; demotivation; individual therapy; anxiety disorder; panic disorder; panic attacks; phobias; health anxiety; stress management; work place stress; coping with the impact of a physical health diagnosis; trauma; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; grief; bereavement; Black Minority Ethnic People; Asylum Seekers; Refugees.
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.