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. The first session is free of charge.
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 create solutions to problems and 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 Free of Charge
£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