Having started working with emotionally disturbed teenagers in the 1970’s, I later took a degree in Developmental Psychology at Sussex University, and then subsequently a post-graduate diploma which qualified me as a social worker. I worked for many years in different settings and services in social care, as a practitioner and later a manager, but generally focused on mental health.
In 1999 I started training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy at the Munro Centre at Guy’s Hospital in London, and qualified as a CAT psychotherapist in 2004.
For seven years until 2010 I was ‘seconded’ to the local NHS mental health trust (now Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) where I was involved in integrating health and social care services, and led on many different service developments including helping to set up specialist psychotherapy services in East Sussex. I also had an honorary contract to provide some psychotherapy, and actively promoted the use of CAT in local mental health services.
I am qualified as a supervisor for CAT and continue to run a supervision group for CAT trainees. I am also involved in providing introductory courses on CAT, and contribute to the Brighton CAT practitioner training course, which is hosted by Sussex Partnership, as a committee member, tutor, marker and supervisor.
What has always appealed to me about the CAT model of therapy is that it provides a structured way of getting to the heart of what is troubling someone in a timely and effective way, without losing any of the warmth of a trusting, personal relationship. At the same time it is a flexible model that can bring in other techniques and perspectives as required, and can be adapted for brief or longer-term contracts according to what is needed. So in my private practice I can respond to individual needs and requirements, but work predominantly with the CAT approach.
I am registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), and
accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I am accredited as a supervisor by ACAT (Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy). I am also registered with the GSCC (General Social Care Council).
I am a recognised provider of psychotherapy and counselling for BUPA, and am also registered as a provider for Aviva and for Validium.
What would really help you?
Daytime and early evening appointments are available.
You can phone on 01273 566484 or contact me to arrange a free, no obligation discussion