Keith Hagenbach BBS BA Dip Psych
1 County House
01342 825457 / 07932 601427
Recently, someone said to me: ‘You know what I keep doing, Keith - I argue with reality. And guess what happens,” she went on, with a wry smile, “reality always wins.”
It’s so tempting, isn’t it? To make the world wrong, to complain about this person, or that situation, and the effect we feel they’re having on our lives. It might be our partner, our child, a parent, friend, or someone at work. And often our complaint runs along the lines of: if only they would change, if only they’d act the way we want them to [if only reality was different!] my life would be okay.
Without realising it, we can make ourselves a victim to another person, or a situation. [Just listen to some people’s reactions to Brexit!]. As a result we can spend weeks, months or even years suffering feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness, inadequacy or anger.
Psychotherapy is a process which gives us an opportunity to discover why we respond to challenging situations in particular ways - often ways we know do not work well for us - and why we can then be left struggling with feelings which drain the pleasure out of our lives.
A skilled therapist can help you develop a different set of response patterns, ones which result in you feeling you have more control over your own life. That, in turn, can help you experience greater happiness, peace, contentment, satisfaction and pride.
So a great New Year resolution for 2017 is to stop fruitlessly arguing with reality, and instead set about changing those aspects of your life with which you are unhappy, or dissatisfied.
For nearly twenty years, in both the NHS and private practice, I have worked with individuals and couples seeking to resolve all kinds of life challenges. These may result in anxiety, depression, panic attacks, relationship issues, low self-esteem and conception difficulties.
Those two decades have provided me with a store of invaluable insights and understandings on which I am now able to draw so I can provide guidance and support to those who come to see me.
Apart from my professional work, I am blessed to have led a rich and varied life. As well as having two wonderful sons, I have run a yacht building business, published four novels, co-authored a book on healing, lived in Ibiza for 10 years, and travelled widely.
I welcome clients into the comfort and privacy of my own home in Forest Row, East Sussex. I also work on Skype with clients who are unable to visit me. My sessions last a full 60 minutes, and I am usually able to provide parking right outside my front door.
Training, qualifications & experience
I took a four year Dip.Psych at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. The course was essentially Integrative and Humanistic in nature, introducing students to a broad range of therapeutic approaches and encouraging us to adopt those best suited to each individual with whom we work.
There was particular focus on the transpersonal perspective and the significance of the soul journey. This is a time when many of us are experiencing challenges at the spiritual level and I have a special interest in working with those going through challenges of that nature.
My NHS-related work involved constant ongoing training, including courses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Stress Control.
I am accustomed to working on the telephone - a service I offer in addition to face-to-face work.
In addition to my psychotherapy qualifications, I hold an honours degree in Business Studies and a BA in English from Trinity College Dublin.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
My fee is £50.00 for a one-hour appointment.
[If you feel unable to afford the full fee, please tell me so we can discuss a modified one]
My home is situated in an area blessed with plentiful free parking.
I am able to offer daytime, and some evening and weekend appointments. I can also offer telephone work, with Skype availability. My fees for telephone work are as above.
As well as my psychotherapy work, I am an author. One of my books, The Mind, Body, Spirit Workbook, co-written with eminent healer Dr Christine Page, is now available as an ebook.
Interested in all aspects of healing, I am also a qualified Reiki practitioner.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer appointments most weekdays, some evenings and even weekends by arrangement. Please call me to discuss your needs regarding timing
Types of client
Supervision & training
My training as a psychotherapist included experience of both group and individual supervision.View supervision profile