Liz Down PGDip MBACP
07785 182 835
I am an experienced, qualified counsellor based in Brighton and Seaford. I offer short and long-term counselling to adults and couples experiencing a variety of issues. My approach is warm, non-judgmental and empathic. I work face to face, via Skype and telephone.
I provide a safe, supportive and confidential space for you to talk through your issues. I tailor my approach to suit your needs, integrating CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Solution Focused Approaches into my practice where you wish to work in a more goal-oriented way. I will work with you to explore the connections between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and develop coping strategies that feel right for you.
"Liz provided me with a safe space in which to explore the previously impossible things I needed to explore. She had compassion and empathy. She kept up with my lengthy rambles, and sat in silence with me, shared her insights when appropriate and really heard what I needed to say. My time with Liz allowed an authentic shift deep inside myself that has been profoundly healing. I would wish anyone finding themselves struggling with painful and challenging issues a ‘Liz’ to go on that journey with. Truly professional whilst also being humanly real, Liz’s skills and abilities as a counsellor are second to none."
"Liz has helped me immensely with her compassionate and very understanding nature. I feel totally at ease with her and I am able to share my innermost feelings and worries without any risk of being judged. I actually look forward to our sessions each week as a way of cleansing my mind for the week ahead."
"I have recommended Liz to others and would not hesitate to do so again"
Accessing therapy can be a daunting prospect, there are many counselling approaches to choose between and telling your problems to someone new takes courage. I welcome telephone or email contact as an opportunity for you to ask me questions, have an informal chat and organise an initial introductory session. The initial session is a chance to begin getting to know each other and explore what you would like from counselling and whether my approach is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Training:
Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling: Brighton University
Pre-Diploma in Counselling: Brighton University
Drug & Alcohol Counselling Training: SASS (Sussex Alcohol Substance Use Service)
(Including CBT & Motivational Interviewing)
Working with Trauma & Recovery: Wealden Institute & Rise Counselling Service
Working with Men who have experienced Sexual Abuse/ Assault: Survivors UK
Solution-Focused Counselling: Young People's Centre
Counselling Young People: Rise Counselling Service
Pluralistic Counselling: Brighton Person-Centred Community
Existential Therapy & Phenomenology: Ernesto Spinelli, KGA
Recognising & Assessing Mental Disturbance: BPCC
Personality Inside Out: Human Personality in the Conuslting Room: Psychotherapy UK
Compassion Focused Therapy: Brighton Therapy Partnership
Zen and the art of Person-Centred Therapy: BPCC
Traumatic Attachment and Co-Regulation: The Neuro-biology of Relationship: Psychotherapy Excellence
Couples Counselling Training: Heartswork
Part-Time Youth Work Certificate: Kingston Youth Service
Current Counselling Experience:
Counsellor: Private Practice, Brighton & Seaford
Freelance Sexual Assault Counsellor: Mankind, Newhaven
Counsellor: Young People's Centre
Counsellor: As You Are, Southwick
Drug/Alcohol Counsellor: SASS, Hove
I have also had over 16 years experience supporting adults and young people with a variety of mental health issues.
I am fully insured, receive clinical supervision and ongoing professional development training. I am also a member BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I adhere to their ethical framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
Initial Session £20
£40- £50 per session (sessions last 50 minutes)
£25-£40 Concessions: for students or for when financial circumstances or difficulties are going to make the full fee unaffordable- spaces limited
£80 Couples (sessions last 60 minutes)
Sessions last 50 mins
Longer sessions available
I have experience working with adults, young people and couples dealing with:
Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual), Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Addictions (including Drug & Alcohol), Bereavement & Loss, Cancer, Parenting Issues, Depression, Divorce & Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Fears, Health related issues, Infertility, Low Self-Esteem & Low Self-Confidence, Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personal Development, Post-Natal Depression, Relationship Issues, Couples Counselling, Sexual Issues, Self Harm, Separation & Divorce, Stress, Trauma (PTSD), Work related issues, General Counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening spaces in Brighton and Seaford
Types of client