Graeme Butler PGDip MBACP
Hove Station Area
What can I help you to change ?
Couples Counselling: I am a Relate trained couples counsellor (I work for Relate in Crawley). I work with couples to help resolve issues such as communication difficulties, arguments, affairs, step families and many other situations.
Anger management: I work with people to help them manage their anger more effectively, preventing them damaging their close relationships.
Anxiety: I work with people to help them gain control over their anxiety, alleviating the symptoms such as stomach cramps, using thoughts in a different way and gaining an element of control.
Alcohol and drug's: My experience of working at a drugs and alcohol service (C.R.I. Brighton) has taught me that each person's goals are unique. For some people the change might mean giving up altogether and staying that way long term, while for others it might mean cutting down a bit in certain situations.
Sexual abuse: I work as a counsellor at Mankind UK, a nationally recognised charity for men who have experienced sexual abuse. This can have a dramatic effect on peoples lives in many different ways, such as low self esteem, symptoms of trauma including PTSD
About me: People have described me as warm, friendly and “down to earth”, before becoming a counsellor I had a long career in industy, in a role which required building strong relationships, developing trust and encouraging people to work together.
About my approach: I work bespoke way with each person, individually tailored to suit your needs and situation, but the common factor is always a respectful, supportive environment where you will feel safe to explore what are sometimes difficult subjects. My approach is also non-judgemental, its not about me giving you advice, or telling you what to do, but involves us working together to develop the solutions which feel right for you. For some areas such as anger, anxiety and drugs and alcohol work we might supplement our work with some written materials which are provided for you free of charge.
How many sessions will I need and does it work ?: That's hard to say as everybody is different, but an average is 6-8 sessions. I work both in the short and longer term (over six months). My approach is to always to agree what you would like to work on and then constantly review things as the work progresses (to ensure you are getting out of counselling what you need). The decision to continue the counselling or stop is always yours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my counsellors training at Brighton University and have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling and I also have specialist training & experience in the following area's.
Couples: I trained with Relate (who I still work for) doing the nationally recognised CPCAB level 5 certificate in couples counselling. I am generally working with between 4-7 couples per week.
Anger: I am a trained anger counsellor, with a great deal of experience of working with anger.
Drugs and alcohol: I am a a trained drugs and alcohol counsellor and previously worked at CRI a agency helping people with difficulties in this area.
Sexual Abuse: I am employed as a counsellor for Mankind, a Brighton & Hove based charity which provides long term counselling for male survivors of sexual abuse.
Bereavement counselling: I am trained bereavement counsellor and worked for several years at Brighton Cruse Bereavement Care.
Disability: I have also considerable experience working as a counsellor with people affected by both physical and mental health disabilities (such as depression) at The Brighton and Hove Federation Of Disabled People.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
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Introductory Session (no obligation): individuals £25 Couples £35
Standard individuals counselling fee: £35
Couples counselling fee: £50
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I understand not everybody works 9-5 and offer a range of convenient counselling slots during week days including early mornings and evenings.
Types of client