Philippa Patel, Counsellor/Psychotherapist Brighton/Hove
If you are looking for someone to discuss issues that are affecting your wellbeing 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.
I am totally committed to confidentiality, safety, respect and a non-judgemental approach.
I approach each client as a unique individual who can only be understood in terms of their own individuality.
Genuine self-awareness is more likely to be created by an actual encounter with a real person, who is committed to authenticity and mutual respect.
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 counsellor 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 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 the 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 utilise to cater for each person’s unique needs. For example, although I am not a Cognitive-Behavioural 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 come 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.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Strategies for developing confidence and self-worth.
Feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Fear of ageing, death and abandonment.
Breakdown in relationships.
£45 per hour. Minimum concessionary fee £30.
Concessions offered for
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.