About the Therapist
I am from Ireland and I have been working with the LGBTQ+ community for over 6 years in Brighton and Hove. I spent two years seeing clients as a trainee with the LGBTQ+ organisation Mindout, after that I set up my own private practice in Central Brighton and online.
I have studied Psychotherapeutic Counselling at the Minster Centre in London and at the University of Brighton, and I have a Masters in Equality Studies from University College Dublin.
I offer LGBTQIA+ Affirmative therapy:
It is incredibly important to have access to a space where your identity does not have to be justified or explained. I welcome clients from all abilities, backgrounds and identities, especially those from the LGBTQ+ community. I like to work in an intersectional way, which means looking at the many systems that impact our lives, or how internalised oppression may play out in our day to day lives (e.g internalised homophobia).
I understand that when in crisis, we should be treated with compassion, rather than judgement. I believe in social justice, and that everyone should have access to help when they need it. I value transparent, direct and authentic communication, so I encourage clients to let me know if I have got something wrong.
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Being an integrative counselling therapist means that I "integrate" lots of different types of theories into the work.Integrative therapy is an individualized, holistic approach to therapy that combines ideas and techniques from different therapeutic schools of thought depending on the unique needs of each individual client. As such, it is sometimes seen more as a movement within the practice of psychotherapy than a form of therapy in and of itself.
I encourage clients to take a holistic approach to their difficulties ; so that we can consider what gender, societal, cultural and/or political pressures might be influencing how they feel.
Some of the theories that influence my work include:
The gestalt approach means focusing on self-awareness: on what is happening from one moment to the next or, in the Here and Now. It has emphasis on what a client feels in their body. Increased awareness and understanding of the present, of one’s immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and of patterns of relating can bring about powerful change and new perspectives.
The humanistic approach is about free will, self-discovery and achieving your full potential as a human being, rather than concentrating on individual problems or symptoms. It looks at everything that makes you who you are and focuses on you as a unique individual and your relationship with the world around you.
As well as integrating these theories, I also like to focus on the relational aspect of the work (i.e how your relate to me.) This might look like us exploring how it feels to let me in, or how it might feel scary to be vulnerable based on past experiences. We can do this through honest communication, and building a feeling of safety with one another.
- Feminist therapy
- GSRD therapy
- Consensual non-monogamy
- Non-binary | Genderqueer
- One to one
- No adaptation
Sessions last 50 minutes and are £60, payable via Paypal before the session.
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