Brian Pugsley MBACP (Accred)
5 The Green Lanes
I'm a BACP Accredited counsellor, committed to quality counselling that is professional, compassionate, and potent. I welcome you to a free 60 minute initial session to learn more about counselling and about working with me. My aim is to offer a safe, supportive and sensitive place in which to explore what's important to you - how you feel, think, and experience your life. Out of this exploration can come many jewels, as I am still learning in my own personal work.
About my service
I offer individual adult counselling for a wide range of issues and problems. I work in a way that values and respects all of your experience, aiming to bring heightened awareness and perhaps discovering new resources with which to tackle difficulties. My emphasis is on what's happening for you now, and I may invite you to try exploring situations with experiential work including drawing, clay modelling and dialogue.
I have a particular interest in what is sometimes called the inner critic or inner judge. This is a harsh, judgemental inner voice that many of us are uncomfortably familiar with. It tends to criticise, shame and belittle us - nothing we do seems good enough. Recognising and developing a measure of disengagement from this voice can often encourage movement.
Where appropriate I make use of the Enneagram system of personality types, which I have studied formally and informally for many years.
I have long been fascinated by what is ultimately most important to us - our actual experience of being alive, with all of its joy and happiness, pain and suffering, love and hate. I worked in mental health social work for a few years near the start of my working life, then got distracted with a lengthy spell in music and sound recording. Now I have returned to my first passion and trained as a counsellor, and my work has never felt more valuable and rewarding. As well as having a private practice I work as Lead Counsellor for an NHS-funded psychological therapy service for West Kent, based in Sevenoaks.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling, The Gestalt Centre, London
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills, The Grove Practice, London
Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills, The Gestalt Centre, London
Riso-Hudson Enneagram Professional Training Part 1
Advanced Enneagram workshop with Sandra Maitri
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sessions are £40 per hour and can be paid by cash, cheque; or online by debit/credit card, Paypal or bank transfer using the online payment page on my website. I ask that sessions cancelled with less than a day’s notice are paid for, however I do allow for one unavoidable cancellation every six months.
I work from a ground floor consulting room in Leigh, a village in Kent close to Tonbridge and convenient for Hildenborough, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and Tunbridge Wells. There is off-street parking and Leigh Station is a 10 minute walk away.
An initial session is free, and this gives us both an opportunity to assess how we can work together. If we decide to continue, we will schedule regular sessions of 60 minutes, with opportunities for review every 8 weeks.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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