Veronique Briant Counsellor & Relationship Therapist
St Leonards On Sea
Living our lives with awareness, possibilities and hope, gives us the tools to consider change. Sometimes we choose change and other times we have change imposed on us - both can be challenging.
You do not necessarily have to be in distress to benefit from counselling. You may be looking for an impartial, non-judgemental and confidential space to discuss issues on your mind. On the other hand, you may have reached a crisis point in an area of your life and need a safe place to talk through what is happening for you.
My aim is to help you identify where you have 'learned' behaviours and build awareness. As you paint the picture of your life and what you have experienced, we can work together to see how you envisage the future. How is life for you now? How would you like it to be?
I work in an empathic, warm and engaged way. I am interested in supporting you on your journey and will ensure that your goals are kept clear and front of mind. As a humanistic, integrative counsellor I recognise you are unique and will hear you describe how your life experience has affected where you are now. I work with adults of all ages, genders and diverse backgrounds. Depending on your circumstances and needs I can also work to a 'solution-focussed' model - time-specific (and do so regularly for EAP providers).
I am particularly interested in issues relating to:
- Family & relationships: building relationships, creating family and managing difficult relationships. I see individuals, couples and family groups.
- Building self-esteem: experiences of loneliness, self-doubt, distrust and uncertainty.
- Anxiety, depression and anger: including panic, phobias, worry-loops and self-harm.
- Addiction: self-harming patterns of behaviour. I also work with 'Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts.'
- Career stress: managing work-life balance, redundancy and change. I work with various local and national organisations as part of their EAP (employee assistance programmes) to support employees.
- Identity and roles: mid-life questions, carers, divorce and separation, community and religious doctrines, menopause and sexuality.
As an integrative counsellor, I bring together a combination of different approaches from the different theories I have studied. I will hold the space for you to explore what you are looking to achieve. You may wish to talk through what's on your mind or maybe you have a goal? Maybe you are not sure what you are looking for, but have a sense of unease and want to use counselling to identify what needs your attention. Some clients feel they have lost their way and counselling offers time and space to evaluate options.
Whatever your situation, we can identify in your early sessions, whether some brief therapy, or longer term counselling will suit you. Typically, sessions are once weekly at the same time each week.
If you would like to discuss how counselling might work for you, I offer a free, initial 20 minute consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I became interested in my own personal development in 1997 and undertook courses both in the UK and abroad. I also became involved with self-help group work. In 2007 I qualified as an NLP Practitioner to support my training practice in the corporate environment. I liked the idea of changing what wasn't helpful and there are various NLP exercises that can dynamically change the effect of difficult memories. In 2009 I co-facilitated the Family Aftercare Support Group at an addiction treatment centre in Ontario, Canada.
During my 20 years in marketing across Europe, North America and The Middle East, I have developed cultural sensitivity and a deep understanding of workplace issues, stress and work/life balance.
More recently I have been working across East Sussex as a counsellor and relationship therapist. I have worked with people in age ranging from teens to 70's and also work with local and national organisations to support their employees experiencing anxiety, stress or a crisis.
My qualifications include:
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic, Integrative Counselling
- NLP Practitioner
- City & Guilds 201 in Advocacy
- Member of BACP (adhering to BACP ethical framework)
My specialisations include:
- Transactional analysis
- Gestalt therapy
- Creative sessions
- Phobia and change models (NLP)
- Couple work
- Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
I am frequently attending new workshops and courses as part of my on-going CPD (continuing personal development). As part of my membership with the BACP, I adhere to an ethical and professional framework and attend regular supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship counselling/support for couples and individuals
Life changes/family/career burn-out/work life balance
Adult children of alcoholics/addicts
Families of alcoholics/addicts
Issues around caring for others
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I charge £40 for individual counselling (for a 50 minute session).
Couples sessions are charged at £60 (for a 65 minute session).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|