I have worked in psychiatry and psychotherapy services for over 30 years in the NHS, the Priory and my private practice.
You will experience a safe environment where you are encouraged to identify and connect with yourself and the world around you. Caring and patient, I am empathetic towards others and can see issues from your perspective. I will help you develop coping skills for the here and now but help you focus your life going forward, so you can build for the future.
I work across a range of therapies including: Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy and Hypno-analysis, Classical Psychotherapy, Sports Psychology, EMDR, Positive Psychology and Nutritional Therapy. I specialise in working with survivors of abuse, depression, trauma (including rape and date-rape) eating disorders (including anorexia) self-injury (deliberate self-harm) and dissociation.
I also help people suffering from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, in addition to more general anxiety, phobias and self esteem issues.
Children, adolescents, adults and couples have all benefited from treatment.
1997 - present Consultant Therapist in private practice. Eclectic style including cognitive therapy, hypnotherapy, schema therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, sports hypnosis & exercise, health and nutrition advice. Individual, telephone, group and couples therapy. Highly recommended specialist in depression, anxiety, abuse / trauma, eating disorders. ‘Excellent’ client feedback and evaluation. Worked in health care in NHS and private hospitals since 1985. Worked with and mentored by many world-leading experts. Higher education teaching experience: Sports Hypnosis.
2015 - present PMHW Community CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health) Brighton & Hove City Council
2014 - present (Psychiatric) Specialist Nurse (Bank) Royal Sussex County Hospital.
2014 - 2015 Advantage Healthcare, Millview Hospital, female psychiatry. Specialist in dissociative disorders.
2011 - 2013 Bank Staff Nurse Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals: Psychiatric nursing, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.
2009 - 2011 Red Arc Assured Ltd. Nurse Therapist: Telephone therapy for depression, abuse, stress, etc. Nurse Advisor: malignant melanoma and other physical conditions.
2004 - 2010 Southdowns Health NHS Trust, Brighton. Community Nurse, Smoking Cessation.
1996 - 2004 Hayes Grove Priory Hospital, Bromley, Kent. Senior Staff Nurse. Group and individual cognitive / psychotherapy.
1993 - 1996 Bethlem & Maudsley Hospitals, London. Staff Nurse. Specialist in Eating Disorders & Affective Disorders & Cognitive - Behavioural Therapy.
1991 - 1993 Homefield Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex. Staff Nurse. Acute Psychiatry.
1988 -1991 University of Chichester. Registered Mental Nurse training. Specialised in group psychotherapy and child psychotherapy.
2015 PODS Dissociation and Somatisation.
2010 UK College of Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies / The Centre for Sports Hypnosis, Certificate in Sports Hypnosis - 100%.
2009 Centre for Mindfulness-Based Education, Brighton, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression, anxiety & stress.
2005 - 2007 South Downs Health NHS Trust, Smoking Cessation - Intermediate / Specialist level.
2001 Centre for Personal and Professional Development, London, Diploma in Working with Survivors of Abuse.
2001 & 2010 EMDR Institute, London, Certificate in Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder (EMDR).
1996 - 1997 Institute of Clinical Hypnosis, London, Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis - 2:1. Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy.
1992 - 1994 Open University, Social Science - Bsc (Hons) - First two year.
1993 University of Southampton, Certificate in Professional Studies - Nursing: Ethics 85%.
1998 - 1991 University College Chichester, Registered Mental Nurse.
1987 Chichester College of Technology, Psychology ‘A’ Level - O/A - C, Law, Human Biology - no exam.
1986 - 1987 National Association of Maternal & Child Welfare, St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, Certificate in Child Care; Communications - Distinction, Distinction, Credit.