Debbie Crookston UKCP & BACP Accredited Psychotherapist

Debbie Crookston    UKCP & BACP Accredited Psychotherapist

The Withdean Practice
Withdean Avenue
East Sussex

2a Church Road
East Sussex

07809 699866

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The Withdean Practice
Withdean Avenue
East Sussex

2a Church Road
East Sussex

07809 699866

About me


I am a UKCP and BACP accredited Psychodynamic counsellor and Psychotherapist offering both brief solution focused counselling and open ended counselling and psychotherapy. Prior to training as a counsellor I worked for 16 years in the NHS as a nurse practitioner,gaining experience in both adult general and mental health. I bring to my work as a therapist a mindfulness of the physical, emotional, social and psychological aspects that make up the whole person. In addition to my training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, I draw from the theories of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Family therapy and Humanistic therapy in order to incorporate elements of these approaches in line with the needs of individual clients.

I work in private practice from comfortable consulting rooms situated in Brighton and Hove, easily accessed by public transport and with plenty of metered on street parking available nearby. Daytime and some evening appointments are available throughout the week.


'I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.' [Carl Jung]

If you are experiencing distress or anxiety, going through a life stage crisis or relationship difficulties, then coming for counselling or psychotherapy can be the first step towards finding crucial help or support. Therapy is also an investment in yourself, resource for personal growth and a space for you to begin to explore your potential for creative and purposeful living. As a psychodynamic practitioner I am interested in a person's life experiences from childhood on, and in identifying and becoming curious about the relational and behavioural patterns that repeat themselves, causing distress and unhappiness. These patterns can often be rooted in the unconscious and difficult to make sense of alone. Talking about your present and past experiences in therapy can begin to bring about a subtle but profound change in your sense of self, in your relationships and in the ability to find pleasure and purpose in living.
An initial appointment gives you the opportunity to meet with me to decide if you could feel comfortable with me and my approach to therapy.This first session is also the chance for me to assess whether I have the skills and expertise best suited to your needs.I am able to refer on to other specialist practitioners if necessary.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications:
MSc Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Post Graduate Certificate Adult Education
BA Hons Related Arts
Registered General Nurse

Psychotherapist/Counsellor in private practice, The Wthdean Practice Brighton, The Palmeira Practice, Hove,The Rock Clinic Brighton.
Clinical supervisor, The Rock Clinic Brighton
Honourary counsellor, Psychological and Counselling services, Sussex University.
Registered Nurse, Sussex Beacon, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital , Guys Hospital, London

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in working with clients who come with ;

-Family and relationship difficulties.

-Diagnosis of depression , OCD or personality disorders.

-Generalised anxiety disorder and low self esteem.

-Chronic illness and bereavement

-Unexplained physical symptoms.

-Unresolved grief and loss.

-Loss of purpose/meaning, life crisis.


Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Adult individuals £50 per 50 minute session.
Initial assessment session £50.


£50 qualified therapist
£35 trainee.

Published articles

Further information

For further information please take a look at my blog , click on the link

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN1 5BL
Hove, BN3 2FL

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Some weekday daytime availability..

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

 After qualifying as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist I have completed an In-house Supervision training at the Rock Clinic Brighton, where I now work as a Supervisor of trainee and qualified counsellors.

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