Psychotherapy And Counselling in Emsworth

How can counselling and therapy help?

Psychotherapy and counselling offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of yourself or your couple relationship and the difficulties you are experiencing.  From that position of understanding you can heal and develop a greater sense of balance and choice in your life.

By exploring the issues involved with a therapist,  emotional and behavioural patterns can be seen and understood in a way that is different to self-exploration, talking with your partner or a friend.

It is a collaborative process with you, or you and your partner,  at the centre and the therapist facilitating an alternative awareness of the difficulties and issues you are facing.

Through this process resolution, healing and choice then become possible, This can become reflected in the relationships and experiences you have in every day life or with each other.

The therapist will respect your values and your life choices.

People come to therapy and counselling for many different reasons:

A sense of unhappiness or loss of control in your life.
An experience of trauma
Anxiety, depression and low mood
Feeling overwhelmed and/or a sense of an absence of feeling
An awareness that your patterns of behaviour are not helpful to you

What is the difference between counselling and   psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy and counselling are terms that are regularly used interchangeably. The processes involved are often very similar.

You can think of them separately by considering psychotherapy as a process of exploring and resolving difficulties through understanding the source of the difficulty and the on going presence of that difficulty in your life or lives. Meanwhile the counselling process is also focussed on exploring and resolving a difficulty, but in the here and now rather than by considering the source of that difficulty or the chronic nature of the difficulty.

Psychotherapy and Counselling during COVID-19

Since March 2020 I have adapted my practice, in accordance with Government guidelines and those of my governing bodies (UKCP and BACP), to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently I am working in a blended way, offering face to face work and also zoom and telephone sessions. We will discuss and decide how we work together based on your individual and my own circumstances, ensuring that our way of working sits in the framework of the current guidleines.  For each of us the impact of the pandemic has been defined by  our own personal circumstances and our own experiences both past and present. Navigating a path through this impact which is respectful, creative and healing is vital.

“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung

About me

I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor based in Emsworth with a background in therapeutic social care and expertise in emotional difficulties. I have worked in this field for 30 years.

Prior to working as a psychotherapist and counsellor I was a child care social worker for 15 years working both independently and within the statutory sector.

I worked extensively with children, young people and families, particularly those who had experienced abuse and trauma. Much of my work took place within a fostering and adoption framework.

My training as a psychotherapist was integrative and creatively based. Since training as a psychotherapist I have worked in different Further Education and Higher Education establishments offering counselling and psychotherapy to students and staff. When working with Macmillan I offered counselling and therapy to individuals and couples who were experiencing and living with cancer in their lives. I was a personal tutor and part of the training team at a local BACP accredited psychodynamic training. 

Much of my work encompasses exploring the changes and trauma in my client’s lives together with the concomitant difficulties that can arise in the present.

I offer supervision to psychotherapists, counsellors and those working in the mental health field.

My approach

I work as a psychotherapist and counsellor. My psychotherapy training was integrative, creative, and comes from a humanistic approach. This means I hold a core belief that we have the capacity to heal ourselves, whatever that may mean for us, and therapy is one of the ways that can facilitate this process. I draw on the frameworks of psychodynamic, gestalt and transactional analysis thinking and the work of clinicians such as D Winnicott, J. Bowlby, and C Jung as well as contemporary trauma understanding and the work of Sue Johnson and EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy).

The field of therapy and counselling is growing and expanding alongside neuroscientific developments. We have a greater understanding of the usefulness of ‘Talking Therapies’ and a greater awareness of how therapy and counselling can usefully contribute to the process of attending to the difficulties and issues which present to us in our everyday lives.


Individual counselling and therapy

My role, as a therapist, is to discuss, explore and facillitate a dialogue that offers an opportunity for understanding, change and healing. Sometimes words can feel inadequate and using creative materials and resources can usefully inform the therapeutic work. This can provide an alternative method of communication and expression. Sometimes it can be useful to consider the links between the mind and the body, or to explore difficulties in a more abstract way perhaps using images and metaphor.

I am experienced in helping adults and young adults (17 plus) who are experiencing difficulties such as:

Relationship difficulties
Change and disruptions to the developmental and maturational process
Identity, gender and sexuality
Self harm
Mental health issues

The qualities I bring to my work are sensitivity, empathy, openness, directness and creativity. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and non-discriminatory environment.

Following an enquiry we will arrange an intial session at a mutually convenient time.


Beginning counsellingThe initial session is an opportunity for us to meet together,  to think about what has brought you to counselling and therapy, and to identify what you are hoping to gain from the therapeutic work.

We will consider how many sessions feels right for you. Therapeutic work can be short term (generally 4-10 sessions) or longer term and more open ended.

In the initial session we can identify a structure to the work that fits with your hopes and expectations. This can be adapted and changed if needed.


Professional Qualifications and Accreditations

Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, UKCP accredited

Registered member of BACP

Externship in Emotionally Focussed Couple Therapy (ICEEFT)

Certificate of Clinical Supervision

Working with the Couple in Mind (WPF)

MA (London Metropolitan University)

Advanced Social Work (Tavistock Clinic)


BSC Behavioural Science (Psychology)

qualified psychotherapist

Clinical Supervision

I offer clinical supervision to psychotherapists, counsellors and others working in the field of mental health. This can be one to one or in a small group (generally two-three persons).

The frequency of supervision sessions can be flexible and agreed to suit the needs of the supervisee. I work with trainee and qualified psychotherapists and counsellors and offer face-to-face supervision and telephone supervision.

I see supervision as a collaborative process between the supervisee and supervisor to facilitate and promote safe, ethically sound and creative practice. The supervision space is an opportunity for thinking and reflecting as well as holding a willingness to not know and not understand.

My supervision is placed within a humanistic and psychodynamic framework. Where appropriate, and useful, the supervision process can include the use of art materials and image.

I have been supervising and mentoring counsellors, psychotherapists and trainees for a number of years.

I worked as a supervisor when I was practicing as a social worker, supervising and mentoring social workers, social work trainees, volunteers and sessional workers.

I hold a certificate of clinical psychodynamic supervision and am a UKCP approved supervisor.

“Supervision has been defined as ‘thinking about thinking’, and this can mean a multitude of different and difficult situations arising in the therapeutic dialogue and demanding analysis, understanding and elucidation. It is a process of conceptualizing and consulting with another mind.” – Gertrude Mander

“Like Alice, who was transformed by her journey through the looking glass, and the strange and surprising experiences she had there, the supervisory pair or group, need to engage in a suspension of disbelief or negation of ordinary reality in order to be open to the unconscious communication from the patient and to find the object waiting to be found or created.” – Mary Thomas

Relationship Counselling and Therapy

People come to relationship counselling and couples therapy for many different reasons, but generally with an understanding that there is an unacceptable level of distress and/or dissatisfaction within the relationship.

The work of couples counselling (or couples counseling) is to explore and understand what each of you wants, and to identify and understand what changes are needed to bring the relationship to a different place. The approach is collaborative, affirming and supportive, building on what initially drew you to each other and the patterns and ways of communicating you have developed between you.

Emotional connection is crucial to a satisfactory relationship, and the work of couples counselling is to facilitate the process of moving from arguments and  towards finding and establishing the emotional connection that works for both of you in the relationship.

Two aliums in the wind

When we cannot find love and connection in the relationship emotional distress and chaos is likely to deepen.

Relationship therapy and counselling holds an understanding that each of you brings to the relationship your own ways of relating to another person. This is largely based on early learned patterns of behaviour and relating.

We work together to understand the patterns in your relationship when there are arguments and distancing. We identify the feelings that are often not easy to express and we then explore ways of communicating with each other that are respectful and beneficial for both of you.

Healing is about finding a place that holds some resoloution and the potential to move forwards for each of the couple.

I am experienced in offering relationship counselling to couples that are experiencing difficulties such as:

Communication difficulties
Issues of trust
Trauma and abuse
Differing values and goals
Differing parenting styles
Life changes (bereavement, illness, empty nest etc.)
Emotional Intimacy
Gender role conflict

Following an enquiry we will arrange an initial session at a mutually convenient time.

The initial session is an opportunity for us to meet each other,  to think about what has brought you to counselling and therapy, and to identify what each of you are hoping to gain from the couples therapy. We can identify a structure for the work that fits with your hopes and expectations.

Following the initial session I will probably suggest an individual session with each of you, after that we come back together to confirm and clarify the changes in your relationship you would like to see. We then meet weekly for a period of time; this is likely to be for a couple of months.

I offer relationship counselling in Emsworth and across Hampshire and West Sussex.

“Underneath all the distress, partners are asking each other: Can I count on you, depend on you? Are you there for me? Will you respond to me when I need you, when I call? Do I matter to you? Am I valued and accepted by you? Do you need me, rely on me? The anger, criticism and demands are cries to their lovers to stir their hearts and draw them back in emotionally and re-establishing a sense of safe connection” – Dr Sue Johnson

“Essentially, the task of the therapist is to move back and forth slowly exploring each partner’s experience in the relationship and offering an empathic response to the underlying feelings and fears of each person.” – Jim Crawley and Jan Grant



Individual session  –  £60 per hour

Couple session  –  £65 per hour

Supervision and consultations  –  £60 per hour.


Enquiries are welcome. Please contact me:

Mobile: 07919 050674


I am based in Emsworth, working in a private consulting room with parking and 15 minutes walk from Emsworth train station.

“The process of growth is, it seems, the art of falling down. Growth is measured by the gentleness and awareness with which we once again pick ourselves up, the lightness with which we dust ourselves off, the openness with which we continue and take the next unknown step, beyond our edge, beyond our holding, into the remarkable mystery of being” – Stephen Levine