Zoe Carey, MBACP Accredited
63 Sandgate Road
Beginning counselling is understandably daunting. In my experience, people can feel self indulgent and as if they are making a fuss in seeking help, or it may feel as if your problems are so overwhelming that no one can help you. Counselling can help you. I consistently find that, once people engage with counselling, they wish they had done it sooner. You may be entering this for the first time or you may have had counselling in the past and are ready for more. Either way, in taking the step of entering a therapeutic relationship you have already begun to take control of your situation.
In a first meeting, we will think about your current and past experiences and will think together about what might be happening and what you are looking for. It is an opportunity for you to consider if you would like to work with me. If you choose to continue with me, the counselling can be as brief or as long as you wish - you may want just a few sessions to gain some clarity about a specific situation, or you may want open ended psychotherapy which can last for several years, where together we will unpick difficulties you may have been struggling with for many years.
The nature of difficulties such as anxiety and depression is often that it feels like something that 'happens' to us, perhaps periodically throughout life or suddenly as in panic attacks or flashbacks. Such experiences are not meaningless or from out of the blue. Together we will think about what is happening for you, begin to piece together your story. This can be a difficult and painful process but is ultimately liberating, instilling a sense of agency and control over your own life.
I am happy to hear from you whether your difficulties feel vague or specific.
I am an experienced and committed therapist, professionally trained, insured and Accredited, working from professional counselling rooms in Hove, Fiveways and Kemptown.
I am also a Clinical Supervisor in Brighton and a Counselling Trainer at Chichester Counselling Services which provides an Accredited training in Psychodynamic counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited by the BACP.
Supervision and Assessment training.
PG Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
I've had different jobs over the years including barmaid, accounts manager and photographer's assistant but I've consistently found myself fascinated by the human condition and first worked on an acute psychiatric ward in London when I was 19. Since then I have worked as a nursing assistant on dementia wards, in drug addiction units, in psychiatric rehabilitation and lived and worked on the premises of an old style asylum in Wales as it was being closed down in 1990-1. I was finally ready to begin my own therapy and train as a counsellor in 2007.
I am now training new Psychodynamic counsellors on an Accredited course at Chichester Counselling Services. It's a well respected and challenging course, established for over thirty years. My role during weekly term time seminars is to introduce students to psychodynamic theory, child development and key themes such as anger, shame, depression and trauma, as well as facilitating experiential exercises carefully designed to produce self aware, empathic and robust counsellors.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
£35 - £45 per session according to means
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday & Friday afternoon
Types of client