Philippa Patel

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Counsellor/Psychotherapist Brighton/Hove
Available for new clients
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Hove, East Sussex, BN3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If you are looking for someone to discuss issues that are affecting your well-being or preventing you from leading a fulfilling and rewarding life, psychotherapy or counselling can help bring about the changes you want to make. You may decide you need only a few sessions to deal with concerns that have begun to dominate and disrupt your life, or you may want longer term psychotherapy/counselling.

Let's look at what therapy is after examining the quotation:

'A good friend is cheaper than therapy.'

What do you think the difference is between a good friend and a therapist? 

Good friends listen with attention to their friends' concerns and feel emotionally connected.

A therapist listens attentively to their clients, pays attention to body language and meta-language (sighs, grunts, changes in tone, frequency, and silences) and attends to the client's thoughts and feelings without becoming emotionally entangled.

A friend's emotional entanglement clouds their judgement because their frame of reference is biased by their own life events and social conditioning.

Therapists are also biased by their own life events and societal conditioning, but a large part of their training is to work out their 'own stuff' and to recognize it when it arises in the therapy room.

Friends come with their own prejudices, which potentializes the possibility of being judged.

Therapists also have their own prejudices, but their training exposes their fallibility. They have had hours of rigorous training, which includes their own personal therapy.

Friends offer advice because they feel a desperate need to help (out of concern and connection).

Therapists rarely give advice because they realize the only advice that is accepted is the one the person already wishes to hear. Therapy's aim is to get the client to unravel the advice they know is hidden somewhere inside, waiting to be heard after long hours of exploration.

Friends ask relevant questions but often feel the need not to invade personal space without invitation.

Therapists ask relevant questions as a means of uncovering the unsaid parts of the conversation.

Friends can deeply understand the suffering of their close allies because nearly everyone is naturally aligned with humanity's spectrum of emotions.

Therapists are no different, but knowledge in the field of psychotherapy/psychology gives them greater access to the theories and research of the most prominent thinkers.  Building upon the creative work of others is the primary reason for humanity's evolution.

The aim of listening sympathetically to a friend is to strengthen the bond of friendship.

The aim of therapy is to create an atmosphere of safety, in which exploration, understanding and growth can flourish, with the ultimate intention of gradually releasing the client's dependency on the therapeutic relationship.

Based on extensive psychological research, I believe

We all have a capacity for self-reflection, growth and healing.

Counselling has the potential to change the client and the counselor in equal measure.

Childhood experiences have a profound effect on us as adults. Unresolved childhood issues can interfere with our effective functioning.

Depression, anxiety and anger are frequently, though not always, the result of self-defeating emotions and perceptions.

None of us knows how it might have been had our choices been different. We come into this world with an imperfect understanding of it, and hence, our choices are in themselves limited by this imperfection. If our life choices lead to despondency and dispiritedness, this is largely a contributory factor to depression and anxiety.

Certain concerns can permeate some of our lives, such as isolation, loneliness, death and the feeling that life has little or no meaning.

Not fulfilling one’s potential, and concerns such as the passing of time, death and uncertainty of the future are all highly anxiety provoking.

Emotional pain often has its roots in not living the life that feels right for us. We feel our choices have plunged us into a type of living hell.

Removing blocks to freedom of choice and living the life one wishes to have are the primary concerns of therapy.

What I have to offer as a counsellor

A wide-ranging knowledge of Psychology and Psychotherapy/Counselling.

Alongside my psychotherapy practice, I have taught Psychology for more than 20 years to college students studying Mental Health Nursing and students applying for undergraduate degrees in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

I have also taught Counselling Skills to college students training to become Social Workers or Counsellors.

My Psychotherapy training involved many different disciplines, which I can utilize to cater for each person’s unique needs. For example, although I am not a Cognitive-Behavioral therapist, I can use these techniques to assist in making practical changes.

My heritage is mixed, Indian and British, which affords intrinsic knowledge of cultural diversity and similarities. One example is Eastern mysticism and its contribution to the development of self-awareness and to stilling the mind.

My approach is interactive as I think therapy is most effective when it is collaborative.

What I expect from you

To attend on time and commit to once-a-week therapy for an hour. My fees are £45 per hour. I ask to be paid at the end of each month.
Cancellations and holidays should be discussed one week in advance whenever possible.

The most productive outcome for therapy is

Your willingness to engage authentically and my commitment to enable you to immerse yourself in the therapeutic process.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA in Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Humanistic Counselling
  • BA Honours in Psychology

I have a private practice in counselling/psychotherapy.

I also taught Psychology and Counselling to students at many levels, which included students studying to become nurses and in particular, psychiatric nurses. I have taught Counselling Skills to college students training to become Social Workers or Counsellors.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Current problems
  • Self-exploration
  • Strategies for developing confidence and self-worth
  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Fear of aging, death and abandonment
  • Breakdown in relationships

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Refugees

Additional information

£45 per hour. Minimum concessionary fee £30.

When I work

Monday - Friday. Am available on WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and mobile phone.

Further information

I am enthusiastic about keeping up to date so I regularly attend workshops and lectures in psychotherapy/counselling and other related fields. Advances in neuroscience, for example, lend validity to the findings and key beliefs in psychotherapy and are a fascinating area of rapidly advancing scientific research.

Hove, East Sussex, BN3

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Philippa Patel
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