Liz Down PGDip MBACP

Liz Down PGDip MBACP

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East Sussex

East Sussex

07785 182 835

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East Sussex

East Sussex

07785 182 835

About me

I am a warm, compassionate and experienced counsellor based in Brighton and Seaford. The initial session is free of charge. I am experienced in working with individuals and couples experiencing a variety of issues and I provide a safe, non-judgemental and supportive space for you to talk through difficulties in confidence. I am a person-centred counsellor and also integrate CBT and solution-focused approaches into my approach to help you to shift unhelpful thinking patterns and develop new coping strategies.
I also offer telephone & skype counselling where this is a more manageable option.

Contacting me:

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.

About the way I work:

I offer a welcoming, warm and accepting environment in which it is possible to explore problems and issues in an open, uncensored way. According to Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy, when a counsellor offers understanding and acceptance in a genuine and honest way and the client perceives this approach then positive, therapeutic change takes place. I have witnessed clients grow in self-awareness and self-acceptance through feeling deeply understood and warmly regarded in therapy.

I offer a confidential space in which, no matter what you say, you will not be judged or told how you should feel or behave. I tailor my approach to suit your needs and requirements. Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused approaches where you wish to work in a more goal-oriented way. I will work with you collaboratively to explore the connections between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and uncover solutions to problems and coping strategies that feel 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

Part-Time Youth Work Certificate: Kingston Youth Service

Current Counselling Experience:

Counsellor: Private Practice, Brighton & Seaford

Previous Experience:

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.

Further Info:                                                                                                                      

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.

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£45- £50 per session (sliding scale-according to what you can afford)

£25-£40 Concessions: for students or for when financial circumstances or difficulties are going to make the full fee unaffordable- spaces limited

£65 Couples

Sessions last 50 mins
Longer sessions available

Further information

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

Seaford, BN25
Brighton, BN3

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening spaces in Brighton and Seaford

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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