Stavroulla Gabriel, MSc, MBACP Reg.

Stavroulla Gabriel, MSc, MBACP Reg.

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New Road Psychotherapy Centre
28 New Road
East Sussex

07940 954 506

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New Road Psychotherapy Centre
28 New Road
East Sussex

07940 954 506

About me

Counselling offers the opportunity to make sense of whatever you're experiencing at this time, in a safe therapeutic setting with a professionally qualified fellow human being.

I have a varied counselling practice, which includes:

  • relationship difficulties
  • work-related stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement and loss
  • trauma
  • post-natal depression
  • abuse
  • end of life issues
  • counselling for people living with dementia and their families
  • transitional periods in life - parenting, mid-life passage, empty nest

How can counselling help?

Counselling can help you to kick-start a process of self-discovery and change. I will offer a warm welcome knowing that it may have taken a lot of courage to make contact.

My aim is to create a safe therapeutic space in which you can feel comfortable. I provide warmth, compassion and a non-judgemental presence to enable a trusting relationship to develop between us.  

You will be invited to explore what is bothering you. My aim is to understand your experience and what it is like to be you. Together we will make sense of your experience, including difficult feelings that may keep you stuck in particular patterns. The process allows you to share what you hide from others and from yourself. To become more comfortable with how you are as a human being means sharing different aspects of yourself and having a look at them with kindness. It can mean having a dig around in your past, and looking at your present, with curiosity, to gently figure out what your options are at this point in your life. What choices do you have? Can you respond differently? What is important to you?

My approach

I work from a humanistic-existential perspective to explore with you, your unique way of being in the world. It's an approach that looks at how we impact on our world, and how our world impacts on us in the here-and-now. It also considers our development since childhood, exploring the habits we have developed to get on in the world, which may no longer be working for us, in the way they once did. My own practice recognises and explores the way we are affected by the world depending on our unique way of being in our gender, sexuality, ethnicity, 'race', age, class, disability, culture, religion and class.

Research has shown time and again, that the quality of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor in effective therapeutic outcomes. This means that it is important you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. I would suggest you contact me for an initial, no obligation, session to see if you would like to work with me.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling - Brighton University
  • MSc Gender, Society and Culture - Birkbeck College, University of London
  • BSc Joint Honours Psychology and Philosophy - University of Bristol


My private practice is based at the New Road Psychotherapy Centre in central Brighton.

My counselling experience is varied.   I have experience as a bereavement counsellor working with Cruse, the national bereavement charity. I have also worked as a counsellor for Age UK, working therapeutically with adults aged 50 and over. I also work therapeutically with young people age 13 and over, with YMCA Dialogue in Hove. I am also part of the New Road affordable counselling service where I see adult clients aged 18 and over at low cost.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am committed to my ongoing personal development and learning and undertake regular CPD training.

Previous experience

In my previous career as a solicitor, I have worked in many different legal areas, including human rights, medical negligence, public law and employment law.

I have also worked as a neighbourhood community mediator in Hackney, East London, and a support/key worker with adults with disabilities in Camden, North London.

My therapeutic practice is committed to the ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


  • Sessions are £40 for 50 minutes, on a weekly basis.

If you would like to book an initial session with me, please make contact.

Further information


I work in comfortable, private rooms located in Central Brighton:

The New Road Psychotherapy Centre is located above Leaders estate agents opposite the Theatre Royal and a couple of doors from the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. It is served by most bus routes in an out of Brighton and pay parking is available. New Road Psychotherapy Centre is a 10 minute walk from Brighton train station.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN1 1UG

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Week-days and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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