Lesley Downs Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling. MBACP (Registered)

Lesley Downs   Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling. MBACP (Registered)

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St John's House
St John's Street
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1UU

07958216533

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St John's House
St John's Street
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1UU

07958216533

About me

Hi, thank you for checking out my profile, I know how difficult it is to take that first step towards asking for help, but I want you to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I want to help you move towards it, to live the life you want to live. I also understand how difficult it its to choose the right counsellor, you have to get the right person, someone who you think you will feel comfortable talking to and who is going to help you get where you want to be. It might help if I tell you a little about myself, I am a fully qualified, experienced, BACP registered counsellor. I have also trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Personal Development coaching. Locally I have worked with clients on behalf of Chichester Counselling Services (2008 to 2013), the NHS Time to Talk service in GP surgeries around Chichester, Bognor and East Wittering (2012 to 2013), and as an associate of a Portsmouth based coaching organisation. This all helped to give me the knowledge, professionalism and experience to set up Seabreeze Counselling Plus.

Seabreeze Counselling Plus, is a private counselling and coaching practice based in central Chichester, with easy access to parking, bus and train links .
Life is constantly full of unexpected challenges and we all develop our own way of dealing with what is thrown at us. But sometimes we feel alone, perhaps experience depression or anxiety, maybe unsure how to cope with our feelings. We might even experience symptoms of panic disorder - like our heart beating faster, feeling faint and breathless - but this is generally just our brains playing tricks on us, and with the right help those symptoms can disappear as quickly as they came.

Relationship issues, family issues and couple issues can lead to separation, divorce, affairs and betrayals. They are often the result of us trying to battle our way through balancing a stressful working week with the desire for a stable, happy home life. All these things can lead individuals, couples and families to need a little extra help, perhaps counselling or just an independent professional, who is not emotionally involved to facilitate a discussion. I have trained with, and am now an affiliate member of Resolution, which means that as a 'Family Consultant' I work alongside family lawyers to help individuals, couples and families through the emotional trauma of separation and divorce.

Experiencing emotional events can lead us to have concerns about trust, we sometimes experience feelings of anger, frustration, panic, phobias, low self confidence and low self esteem, which in turn affect many areas of our lives.

Bereavement, the loss of a family member, partner or friend can have a huge impact on our emotional well being - it can be difficult to talk about our feelings with those close to us, but having someone to talk to who is not emotionally involved can be truly helpful.

The trauma of experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse is hard to deal with when it's happening but it can also stay with us for years, talking though those feelings with a professional can be beneficial and help the healing process.

Sometimes it can feel as though no one understands our problems and we don't know who to turn to.

But that is what I'm here for, I offer a quiet, confidential, accepting space, where there are no judgements. I will listen to what you're saying, I will ask questions and be curious with you in relation to your beliefs about yourself and the events you have experienced. I will show you empathy and understanding; there will be no assumptions or opinions. My job is to help my clients come to terms with what is happening in their lives, to understand their own emotions and the affect that those emotions can have on their body.

Together we can explore the issues and concerns that you want to work with; which then gives you the opportunity to find your own internal resources and be able to make the right decisions or changes for you. My job is to help get you from where you are now to where you want to be in the future.

When working with a client I like to:

  • help them to make the changes they want to make
  • Know what's important to them
  • Be curious about what makes them tick
  • Step into their world


The 'Plus' in my practice name refers to the other services that I offer in the form of coaching and facilitation. I enjoy working 1:1 with individuals and also facilitating small groups to enable people to:

  • Work, learn and live at their best
  • Achieve success without stress
  • Unravel what is holding them back
  • Gain clarity, focus and direction
  • Understand themselves and others
  • Take their next best step with confidence

I offer bespoke family packages to families who need a little help to re-ignite their communication channels and promote family harmony. If you are struggling to engage with ’troubled teens’, a family group session is a great way to enable all members to feel listened to and truly heard.

Please give me a call (or send a text) 0795 8216 533
or you can email me lesley@seabreezecounsellingplus.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Member of the BACP and work within the BACP code of ethics

Enhanced CRB checked

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
NCFE level 2 in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
Certificate in Clean Language Facilitation
Certificate in Power Group Facilitation
CBT with Heart
ILM level 5 Coaching in the Workplace
Resolution Family Consultant

Whilst enjoying a career in adult education, I decided to diversify and embark on a period of personal development, which included training as a Counsellor, then subsequently as a Personal Development Coach, Clean Language Facilitator, CBT therapist and Family Consultant. As part of my personal journey I decided to relocate by the sea in West Sussex and set up Seabreeze Counselling Plus. In addition to my private practice I worked with a prominent Chichester counselling agency from 2008 - 2013 and have worked within the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor providing time limited counselling in GP's surgeries from March 2012 - December 13.

In addition to my qualifications in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, I am an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualified Personal Development coach, a certified 'Clean Language' coach/group facilitator. 'Clean Language' is a powerful psychotherapeutic tool that was developed by David Groves in the 1980s.

From 2007 - 2009 I was a Family Group Conference Coordinator for Daybreak a Hampshire/Sussex based charity supporting young people and their families to work together in order to enhance their own family relationships and keep all members safe.

Member organisations

BACP

Photos & videos

  • What comes first the thought or the behaviour
  • Calming the panic
  • So what is Counselling?
  • Shutting up the Poison Parrot
  • The Worry Train
  • Our internal map
  • You can't change the past

Fees

£45 per 50 minute counselling session.
£75 per 90 minute Personal Development and Clean Language coaching sessions.
Bespoke family and group sessions are individually priced

Published articles

Further information

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes in duration and usually take place weekly.
Individual Personal Development coaching sessions are usually 90 minutes and can be as frequent as needed by the client.
Bespoke family and group sessions are flexible in duration and individually priced.

If you would like more details or a friendly informal chat, please call me on 0795 8216 533 (If you leave a message I will aim to get back to you within a few hours).
Alternatively email lesley@seabreezecounsellingplus.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Chichester, PO19 1UU

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Weekdays: daytime and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
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