Welcome to my Mid Sussex Counselling PracticeThank you for visiting my website. I am an experienced counsellor based in Burgess Hill, well located for Haywards Heath, Hassocks and the surrounding villages. I run my practice from my private office in a quiet, peaceful area with its own parking.
After reading further, if you have any questions, or to arrange an initial appointment, please contact me by phone on 07851 732 134 or by email.
If you are new to counselling and would like a free half hour telephone consultation, please click here to arrange this.
I keep weekends free, working weekdays until early evening, except for Fridays when I finish at 2pm.
What I doI work with adults, young people and couples. My therapist training is integrative, which means I draw from a number of counselling models, adapting my approach to best fit each individual. I find that many people want support with relationship difficulties, anxiety, low mood and depression.
My counselling practice is broad; areas of my experience include, though are not confined to:
- Alcohol dependency
- Eating Disorders
- Lack of life fulfilment and meaning
- Low mood, negativity
- Relationship difficulties
- Self esteem issues
- Workplace issues
What I Do - A Closer LookSome people are seeking support with something they can't stop doing that is negatively impacting their quality of life. For two years I worked with people with drug and alcohol difficulties based at a GP surgery. By far, alcohol was the most common drug of choice, and the majority of people suffering from this dependency worked and functioned well on the surface, keeping their difficult attachment to alcohol fairly well hidden. At times, family members, affected by their loved one's struggles, seek counselling too.
I work with adults with eating disorders. The catalyst to my counselling career was a voluntary post I had with a national eating disorders charity; I went on to train with the National Centre for Eating Disorders and more recently I have taken further training in the area of obesity. People who are overweight or obese, who also have an eating disorder, would benefit from working with the disorder first of all, and once the relationship with food is under control, weight loss can be treated.
I commonly find that, underlying the presenting issues that people bring, there is an over-attachment to certain types of emotions, mood patterns, habits of thinking, mindsets that keep them feeling stuck and powerless. The work often involves helping people disentangle themselves from these patterns, and become better emotionally regulated and better equipped to deal with the daily ups and downs of life.
Change can be disturbing.. Change involves choices, throwing up uncertainty, whereas humans like to feel safe and secure. As a result we can hold onto old patterns of thinking and behaving that no longer serve us, better the devil you know type of thing. I support people to work their way through these changes; I think of myself as a window cleaner, there to enable others to gain a better perspective on their predicament.
One area of change common to us all is sickness, death and loss of the loved. I held a voluntary post as a bereavement and patient counsellor at a local hospice for six years. When a loved one dies, our world can feel alien and lacking in purpose, as though we don't fit any more. Grief is a very individual experience and can be extremely painful; part of the work often is to reassure and validate what is happening; also to give support as people gradually take steps to reintegrate themselves into the mainstream of life again.
Is Counselling for you?The fact that you are looking through a Counselling website suggests you are experiencing some kind of difficulty in your life at the moment. Perhaps your dis-ease is hard to define; or maybe you are reacting to specific events. Relationships, getting along with others can sometimes be challenging, and stress and depression are frequent reasons why people seek therapy. Some questions that people often ask at the enquiry stage are to be found on the Fees and Other Questions page.
There are so many different schools of therapy out there. You will find plenty of information about this online. It is also important to pay attention to the feelings that arise in you when searching for and making contact with counsellors, as the relationship between the two of you is a central ingredient in a successful outcome.
For those of you who are completely new to counselling, I suggest you view it as good housekeeping for your life, a support for a period of time. Sessions are highly confidential, the relationship between counsellor and client is private and professional, and when the work is done, the relationship ends.
You may find it useful to have a look at accessible on-line organisations and websites offering information and support displayed on the Useful Links page. The latest addition I have made to this list is Headspace, a website offering a 10 day free trial of mindfulness practice. Mindfulness helps promote wellbeing, enabling the individual to become more self aware; people have reported a reduction in symptoms such as anxiety, depression and stress. Another online app I have included this month is Duolingo, a completely free language learning system, including several languages, for beginners and beyond. Learning a language in a user friendly, enjoyable way can be useful for people looking to put some meaningful structure into their day.