! am an Integrative Therapist which means I draw on a variety of modalities – CBT, Phenomenology, Humanistic, Gestalt, Buddhist, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis – depending on the problem presented and what the client feels is best for them.
I work from a person-centred perspective and as well as being a talking therapist, I am also interested in what is going on in the body and I will often use techniques such as breath work, visualisations, meditation, art, gestalt chair work.
I sometimes offer ‘homework’ as part of the work, as it can be helpful in changing distorted thinking patterns and perceptions and to help a client become more self- aware.
I trained in the following areas:
- BA (Hons) Social Sciences (psychology, sociology, philosophy)
- Registered Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Post Grad Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
- OCN Certificates 1, 2, 3 Counselling Skills
- EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, Levels 1 & 2, (City College, Brighton)
- Life Coaching Certificate (Newcastle University)
- Mindfulness & Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Stress Reduction (Buddhist Centre Brighton)
I work within the ethical framework of the BACP and strictly abide by their Code of Ethics. I am also fully insured and am under the supervision of a fully qualified Supervisor to ensure my standards are observed and monitored.
I have worked as a counsellor in various ‘specialised’ areas, such as with young people (13 – 24 year olds), and older people (over 50s).
I am particularly interested in Neurological conditions because of personal experience and these include Asperger’s syndrome, ASD, OCD, Tourette’s, Dyslexia, ADHD, PDA and other. I worked for AMAZE in Brighton as an Independent Parental Advisor for several years helping parents and Carers of special needs children and young people have their educational needs met. I am also interested in working with Carers.
My previous background was in Welfare Rights as an Adviser and as a Housing Rights Advisor and worked for a number of charities and local councils for 20 years, including publishing a booklet on links between young people’s ill health and homelessness and low rates of benefit.
Contact and fees
For more information, please contact Rita:
phone 07884 010380
click here to visit my website
£45/session; concs available for low income
Low cost counselling on Tuesdays, 1 - 6pm, at £30/session
Mary (69) school cleaner
M was diagnosed with OCD prior to seeing me and suffered from constant negative thinking around a particular issue. This was debilitating for her and affected her relationships with her partner and family and she was ‘ashamed’ to tell them about its extent and true nature. One of the effects of this was her need to perform certain rituals over and over again and Mary feared she was going mad.
Mary was committed to change and actively collaborated in finding strategies which would work for her. By breaking down the behaviours and triggers step by step, Mary was able to eventually stop the need to perform these rituals all together. She even managed to stop smoking at the same time which was an added bonus. During sessions, she explored and discovered where these behaviours had stemmed from which gave her a new understanding and acceptance of herself. In our final session M concluded:
“I thought counselling might help me overcome some of my phobias, but didn’t expect it could make such a difference to my life in general. I’m not ashamed anymore and realise they were a perfectly logical way of coping in order to protect myself that I had developed since childhood”
Richard, 59, performing artist
‘I journeyed on the temperate road of internal recognition and discovery with Rita as my counsellor for over two years. She has been a committed travelling companion and a devoted eyewitness to my unwavering growth toward subjective acceptance. Her sincere, empathic, and non- judgemental approach per any interjection that she may have found necessary to challenge me have been exemplary. I truly believe that the fact that I have felt secure enough to entrust my cherished self to this very special caring professional to be a testament to her proficiency’ (from a sincerely grateful client)
Chantelle, (17) student
C’s mum died when she was 9 and was now in an abusive relationship with her girlfriend. During our 12 sessions, C talked about the death of her mother for the first time and processed the uncomfortable feelings around her relationship with her. She had never cried or allowed herself to feel any emotion about her mum since her death. Through careful interventions and empathy, C began to experience for the first time her deep loss and allow the grieving process to begin. She told me:
“I never realised what a huge sense of guilt I’ve been carrying since mum died all these years yet you guided me through the process of seeing that what happened was not my fault. Since the weight has been lifted from my shoulders you’ve helped me with other issues and I will never forget what you’ve taught me.”
Derek, musician, aged 22
D was drinking heavily and said he was having relationship problems. He had started sleeping around with same sex partners yet kept seeing his girlfriend at same time. We had 8 sessions together.
“She was amazing in every way she could have been. I could open up with Rita and felt myself. She took my thoughts in and helped me in every way she could have done”.
Jane, (35) teacher
In her own words, J described that she was ‘stuck in a rut’ and was too depressed to focus effectively. She didn’t know the way forward but didn’t want to remain as she was.
“From the start Rita was professional, insightful and challenging without being aggressive. I did need someone to challenge my preconceived ideas and negative thoughts about myself. This I feel is a professional skill and not one that every counsellor can do effectively. She gave me back my zest for life”
“I am not what happened to me.
I am what I choose to become” Carl Rogers
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change” Carl Rogers
“In order for behaviour to change, a change in perception must be experienced. Intellectual knowledge cannot substitute for this” Carl Rogers
“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think” Buddha
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom” Viktor Frankl