For Individuals and Couples
Counselling and psychotherapy can provide a safe, confidential, supportive space for you to bring any problems you are having and explore difficult thoughts and feelings. You might seek counselling and psychotherapy because you are struggling to cope, feeling dissatisfied with your life, having problems with relationships, trying to process a loss or a change, or finding it difficult to make a big decision. You might want to make sense of things that have happened in the past, think about your future or just get some extra support to help you through a tough time.
I offer short or long term counselling and psychotherapy in Brighton (BN2 1RD) for individuals and couples. I work integratively, which means that I draw on a variety of different therapeutic models, including person-centred therapy, psychodynamic and attachment theory, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), as well as considering how the social world impacts on each of us. My approach sees each client as an individual with different therapeutic needs, rather than one size of therapy fitting all, so I work flexibly but with a focus on the relationship between therapist and client and how we can work collaboratively.
I have experience working therapeutically with clients in a range of settings including in schools, colleges, in the NHS and in the community, and with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, relationship difficulties, chronic health issues, and problems at work or in education.
I also have particular experience working with issues around gender and sexuality, with LGBTQ and gender diverse clients, with clients who practice non-monogamy, polyamory, BDSM, and other non-traditional relationships, and with clients who are sex workers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
No one in the therapy world can agree on a clear answer to this one, which can be confusing for people trying to find the right support for them. Some people feel more comfortable with one of the terms and some associate counselling with shorter issue-focused work and psychotherapy with longer open-ended work. I use the terms interchangeably and will discuss with you what type of support you are looking for in our initial consultation.
What happens in the initial consultation?
I believe that a good relationship between therapist and client has a big impact on the effectiveness of therapy, so I offer a free initial consultation to see if working together feels right for both of us. This gives you a chance to find out more about how I work and whether I am the right fit for you, and me a chance to get a sense of what you are looking for from counselling and whether I can support you with that, or whether another type of service might be more appropriate for you right now.
When do sessions take place?
Sessions are 50 minutes long and take place weekly unless otherwise agreed. A number of sessions can be agreed in advance or sessions can be ongoing with regular reviews of progress to make sure they are meeting your needs.
Will our sessions be confidential?
Anything you disclose during sessions will remain confidential, unless there is a risk to your safety or to a third party's, or disclosure is required by a court of law or a legal requirement. Notes about sessions will be kept securely for 6 years for insurance purposes. These notes will be held anonymously and separate to your personal details.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work within their Ethical Framework. As part of my professional responsibility to you within this I regularly discuss my work with a qualified clinical supervisor. This is to review progress and ensure that clients are receiving the best possible service. I discuss client work anonymously in supervision and will not share any identifying details about you to ensure that your confidentiality is maintained.
What are your qualifications and training?
I hold a postgraduate diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from University of Roehampton, a CPCAB certificate in Counselling Skills, and a certificate in Couples Counselling. In addition I have trained in suicide prevention, working with self-injury and trauma, working with clients experiencing abuse, autism awareness, alcohol and substance misuse, creative therapeutic methods, and therapy in nature settings.
How much do you charge?
The initial consultation is free, then sessions are charged at £50 for individuals (£40 concessions for students and those on low incomes), and £60 for couples.
How do I make an appointment?
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