Integrative Counsellor + Psychotherapist
Relational Integrative LGBTQ affirmative Counselling and Training
Based in Brighton and Hove
“to that piece in each of us that refuses to be silent.”
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling- University of Brighton
Foundation Course in Integrative Psychotherapy- Minster Centre London
MSc in Equality Studies- University College Dublin
BA in Legal Studies- Griffith College Dublin
I am from Ireland and I have lived in the UK for many years. 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 have experience working with people in distress in a variety of different positions. I have worked as a Mental Health Advocate for an award-winning LGBTQ+ Mental Health Charity and as a volunteer Appropriate Adult helping juveniles and people with mental health issues in police custody in East London. I believe that we are in a mental health crisis, due to the fact that we are taught to question our own reactions to living in an unequal and increasingly uncertain world.
I often incorporate Feminist Theory in my work, which means that we can look at what societal, cultural or political pressures might be influencing how you feel. 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. As a white Therapist, I am committed to Anti Racism in my professional and private life, and I believe that the therapy sector has so much work to do to be inclusive of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) experiences. I am committed to continued Anti Racist work and I acknowledge that the onus is on me to educate myself about clients intersectional identities. I believe that social transformation can have a direct effect on mental health.
LGBTQIA+ Affirmative therapy
I believe we should all live in a world free to be who we truly are and to be accepted as such. I identify as Queer and I have been working with clients from the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual +) community for many years. I believe that it is incredibly important to have access to a therapeutic space where your identity does not have to be justified or explained. I welcome clients from all abilities, backgrounds and identities. I understand that when in crisis, we must be treated with compassion, rather than judgement. I believe in social justice, and that everyone should have access to help when they need it.
Training I have attended:
ADHD Training (Mindout)
Anti Racism Training
Chemsex Training (Terrence Higgins Trust)
GSRD (Gender, relationship and Sexuality Diversity) and Older people Training (Mindout)
HIV Awareness Training (Terrence Higgins Trust)
Trans 101 Training (Mindout)
LGBTQ+ Affirmative Training (Mindout)
Suicide Prevention Training (ASIST)
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault Training (Solace)
I am a fully insured and qualified Counselling Psychotherapist, and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I am required to meet the highest standards of ethics and proficiency within the counselling profession.
I am also a founding member of Rampion Counselling and Psychotherapy. We are a counselling and psychotherapy practice in Brighton and Hove, offering an affirmative, inclusive and confidential service to anyone facing a life challenge or mental health issue. We all identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and we work with everyone: all identities, religions, abilities & cultural backgrounds.For more information www.rampioncounselling.org.uk