Aaron Swartz MBACP

Aaron Swartz MBACP

HOVE
East Sussex
BN3

Brighton
BN1

07768 762 123

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HOVE
East Sussex
BN3

Brighton
BN1

07768 762 123

About me

ARE YOU STRUGGLING?....with Stress, Anger, Relationships, Addiction, Bereavement and/or Depression, Affairs and Betrayals?
Does it feel like life is getting on top of you?
Could you benefit from a place to take some time-out?
... to explore your thoughts and feelings
... to get back on track again?

My name is Aaron and I am a practising Buddhist and Adult & Child Counsellor & Psychotherapist & Somatic Experiencer (SEP).
I have been seeing children, young people and adults in Brighton, Hove & Lewes for the past 8 years. I am committed to providing Counselling, Psychotherapy & Somatic Experiencing in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

I offer the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential setting. I provide face-to-face, individual counselling to anyone experiencing a range of emotional issues, with the aim of enabling you to gain self-awareness and to live more fully.  

I know choosing a Counsellor, Psychotherapist or Somatic Experiencer, is not easy. You need to find someone you can trust. The first session is an opportunity for you to see if I'm right for you.

I'm experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with:

  • Stress
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  • Relationships
  • Panic Attacks
  • Affairs and Betrayals
  • Anger
  • Porn Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Redundancy
  • Depression, and
  • Addiction.
  • Relationship issues, Sexuality and Intimacy
  • Death, Dying, Illness and Suicide

  • Loss of meaning or direction

HOW THERAPY CAN HELP
Counselling and psychotherapy provides an ongoing opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings, face-to-face and confidentially, with an experienced therapist who will listen and think with you as you work through your difficulties.

The therapist is not there to give advice or make decisions for you, but to help you find and overcome the stumbling blocks that keep you from living a more satisfying life. Therapy is a safe place to reflect on how you respond to life events and how you relate to yourself and others.

Whether you want to discuss past experiences, concerns about the future, or issues with the way you are living right now, therapy is a route to greater self-awareness and reaching your potential.

SOMATIC EXPERIENCING

I am also a Somatic Experiencer (SEP). This is a powerful body based 'talking therapy', capable of relieving physical, emotional and psychological shock, stress and trauma.​​ Somatic Experiencing® teaches simple, powerful strategies that mobilise the body's innate self-healing systems - the same physiological processes that mend broken bones and fight disease.

Knowledge of trauma's patterns can help ease traumatic reactions as well as potentially prevent symptoms developing after an overwhelming event. Practising SE can be a significant support not just in your own life but to those around you.


TESTIMONIALS

'Thank you for helping and supporting me through a very turbulent and difficult time in my life. Time spent working with you was so very valuable and essential to me regaining the control of my life and rebuilding confidence'

28 year old Male


'I am delighted with the outcome of therapy ; some of the sessions have been difficult but in the end I am genuinely more at peace with the world.'

58 year old Male

'The atmosphere was always peaceful, calm and safe. Aaron was open minded. I felt I could really express myself. I began to realise what I had to change to progress into the future.'

19 year old female

'I wanted to take another opportunity to express my thanks, Aaron. Thanks for your warmth and support. Thanks for gentle guidance whenever it was necessary and thanks for just letting me be when that was appropriate, too!'

43 year old male

'Thanks Aaron for helping me to manage to sort out the disputes I was having with my family and the difficult I was having controlling my anger.'

20 year old male

'Aaron is an exceptional counsellor & psychotherapist who is providing adults the opportunity to recognise and reflect on the many troubles and sorrows they have experienced. His calm persistence in supporting them gives them the chance to revisit and reassess their responses to major events in their lives so that they can face the future and build better lives for themselves.'

Brenda Figg-Wild MA
Pupil Support Co-ordinator.
Whitehawk Primary School

'Aaron is a warm and grounded counsellor & psychotherapist, competent in providing a safe and nurturing environment in which to explore a wide range of issues.'

K Hillkirk - Parent

Training, qualifications & experience

ABOUT ME
I have a Certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts and a MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) , awarded by London Metropolitan University. I attended the Child 20 Day Program run by IATE and the Corrective Attachment Therapy Parenting Course at The Evergreen Psychotherapy Centre in Colorado, USA.

I have been practicing Buddhism for the past 30 years which has given a deep understanding of my self and human nature. I work with adults, young people and children. Between 2005 - 2010, I worked as the only male Psychotherapist at Whitehawk Primary School seeing both adults and children. Up to recently I was working with young people (ages 13- 25) at the Young People Centre in Brighton.

Prior to my therapy training, I worked in the Performing Arts profession and am well aware of the strains and stresses of working in that industry. I still work as a teacher at many of the top Drama Schools (The Drama Centre, Central School of Speech & Drama). I am currently Lecturer in Performing Arts at Bexhill 6th Form College.

I also have many years of working with young men and men and understand the struggles they go through, especially Anger and Depression. I am a member of A Band of Brothers, a charity established by men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building. We mentor young men who have had challenges with drugs, violence, anger and self esteem.

I also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). This is a powerful body based 'talking therapy' , capable of relieving physical, emotional and psychological shock, stress and trauma. ​​
Somatic Experiencing® teaches simple, powerful strategies that mobilise the body's innate self-healing systems - the same physiological processes that mend broken bones and fight disease.

Knowledge of trauma's patterns can help ease traumatic reactions as well as potentially prevent symptoms developing after an overwhelming event. Practising SE can be a significant support not just in your own life but to those around you.

I am a member of BACP and adhere to the code of Ethics of my training institute, the BACP and the UKCP, to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. As a Psychotherapist I am in regular supervision. This is an important part of my work. It means that I can maintain the highest standards of care, always working towards your well being.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mens & Young Men Issues:

I also have many years of working with young men and men and understand the struggles they go through, especially Anger and Depression. I am a member of A Band of Brothers, a charity established by men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building. We mentor young men who have had challenges with drugs, violence, anger and self esteem.

Fees

For a confidential chat please ring me on
07768 762 123.

My rates are:
£45 per session (50 min) for individuals.
£60 per session (60 min) for couples.




Further information

INTEGRATIVE ARTS PSYCHOTHERAPY

Although I use a combination of different therapeutic models including Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, and Jungian Theory, I can also use the Arts as a way of helping clients to express difficult and buried emotions.
Using words is always a good place to start in Counselling & Psychotherapy, but sometimes the issues we wish to look at lie in the unconscious, and the use of language maybe insufficient into delving into the depths of the problem.

By using the Arts we can 'fast track' our way into the unconscious and get right to the heart of the problem. Not only does one get surprising results, but it also can be a deeply satisfying and rich process. Yes, Therapy can be fun !!!! Each individual must go at their own pace and sometimes using the arts is not always appropriate, but my experience with clients, has been that over time, having built up trust, using the Arts has can be a very powerful way to discover new parts of ones self that would otherwise be buried.

Both Children and Adults can benefit from working with the Arts.
The Art forms I may use could be: Painting, Sand tray, Music, Clay, Music, Dance and Drawing. Each person will find the art form that resonates with them deeply.

Below are some videos and articles about how Art therapy can be used in the the Therapeutic process:

An Unlikely form of therapy

The Benefits of Art Therapy

How Art Therapy has Helped Me

Maps & Directions

HOVE, BN3
Brighton, BN1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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