Alcohol and Drug Counsellor in Hove and Lewes
Counselling for individuals
I have worked as a Alcohol and Drug counsellor for 18 years. My work is based on helping people to understand their problems with alcohol and/or drugs and how this has become an issue that affects their lives. What starts as pleasure can develop into something that affects relationships, work, family and other areas of life in an unhealthy way.
The aim is to gain insight into the patterns of drinking, how the past impacts the present and then you can decide what needs to be changed to gain more control and choice over your life.
Not everyone drinks alcohol or uses drugs for the same reason or wants the same outcome, for example, abstinence, so it is important to come to an understanding in the therapy of what would suit you. I will collaboratively work with you and support you through this process.
Affected by another's use?
I understand how deeply families, friends and carers can be affected by the alcohol or substance misuse of those they care about.
If you would like counselling because someone else's drinking or drug use is affecting you I can help you find ways in which you can support this person effectively and help you manage the difficulties of being in a relationship with someone who is alcohol or drug dependent
I have worked as an alcohol & substance misuse counsellor in private practice for the past 18 years and all the major alcohol and substance misuse counselling services in Brighton & Hove, Sussex and Surrey. I also work in Lewes, East Sussex
I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
and work within the ethical framework set out by the Association.
Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Trainer for substance misuse counselling services
Trainer in relationships counselling
My specialisms include:
Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Fees and Initial session
Initial sessions last 20 minutes and are free of charge.
The initial session provides an opportunity to discuss why you are looking for counselling and for me to explain how I might be able to help you.
You can then decide whether or not you want to proceed.
If you do decide to go ahead, we can discuss how many sessions might be necessary - on average this is 10-15 sessions.
Sessions are weekly.
£45 per 50 minute session.
£ 35 per 50 minute session - Online (Zoom)
My experience as a Counsellor and a Clinical Supervisor
CGL East Sussex, Substance Misuse Service
Clinical Supervisor 2010- present
Working with people who want to change their levels of alcohol and substance use in order to have more healthy and content lives.
Surrey Drug & Alcohol Counselling
Clinical Supervisor 2015 - present
Telephone counselling for people who struggle with the impact of alcohol and substance misuse on their daily lives.
Federation of Disabled People, Brighton & Hove
Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor 2008 - 2017
Now Possablity People
I was the clinical supervisor for this organisation which offers counselling for people who wish to make changes in their lives due to the impact of disability and degenerative disease until the counselling service was forced to close.
CRI Alcohol & Substance Misuse, Brighton & Hove
Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor 2005 - 2015
My work was to supervise counsellors who work with people who have issues with alcohol and substances or both. So that they are able to provide the most useful service to the clients they can.
Patched Relationship Counselling Substance Misuse Brighton & Hove
Clinical Supervisor / Trainer 2009 - 2015
The service offered relationship counselling for those affected by
alcohol and substance misuse.
I trained the counsellors for this service and supervised their work.
FIPS Project Family therapy on behalf of Brighton Social Services
Supervisor & Trainer 2011- 2014
A project to provide therapy for families who needed a therapeutic space in which to address the difficulties they were facing.
SASS - Sussex Alcohol & Substance Services West Sussex
Supervisor 2009 - 2013
Alcohol and Substance miss-use counselling on behalf of NHS partnership trust in West Sussex.
As You Are Counselling Service Southwick
Supervisor 2007- 2011
I supervised counsellors whose clients had a wide range of issues.