Liz Bubez UKCP, MBACP, MA (Psychotherapy)
I warmly welcome a wide range of clients to this established practice in the village of Poynings near Devil's Dyke. I also work from the Brighton Consulting Rooms next to Preston Park station in Brighton which has full disabled access.
I am an experienced, accredited, psychotherapist and a practising Buddhist I offer a safe and comfortable space for you to bring your distress, to explore your life, relationships, values and hopes for the future. I welcome you if you feel in crisis, or are grappling with issues or decisions that you simply can't find a way through alone. I meet everyone as a unique individual whose needs and aspirations determine the approach we take. You will find out more about me and how I work below - then do be in touch with any questions you may have, or to arrange an initial meeting.
Who am I?
Coming from a background in developmental psychology and education, I trained in Psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapy (MA, UKCP accredited). My work is also informed by over thirty years of Buddhist practice, drawing upon on mindfulness, interconnectedness and compassion. I work with adults of all ages, couples, couples and psychotherapists in training and offer one-to-one supervision.
While my approach is grounded in Psychosynthesis (see below) I draw on attachment theory, gestalt, body psychotherapy, trauma models and developments in neuroscience, analytic psychotherapy. I have substantial experience and training in trauma, PTSD, dissociative states, childhood neglect, abuse. Much of my work has been in the areas of addictions; depression and anxiety; loss and bereavement; suicide; relationship difficulties; experience of menopause; aging, illness, purpose in later life. Many years ago I trained with Joanna Macy in 'The Work That Reconnects' - I am also interested in your concerns for the natural world and experience of ‘eco-anxiety’ as well as engagement in social or political issues within the therapeutic process.
Considering counselling or psychotherapy?
It takes great courage to go to talk to someone, especially if you feel in a state of crisis. Just being able to speak freely in confidence, to feel witnessed with kindness but without judgment can make a real difference. Such a space can offer you the safety to unfold, permission to feel, and to step more fully into life at your own pace.
From the outset, I am interested to learn about you, about what brings you here at this point in your life. I want to know how you came to be the person you are, with your concerns and passions. I am also interested in your experience of relationships - family, friends, children and intimacy; from this initial exploration we will find a path into therapy.
In the short term, we will focus on specific issues that you arrive with. Should you continue into a longer term process, a deeper story may be revealed, one that can often heal crisis and trauma and awaken meaning in your life. In time, you may well find that you are feeling more empowered and at ease with yourself.
Some of the issues people bring to therapy:
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Struggles with mental health
- Low self-esteem, identity crisis
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship issues, sexuality and intimacy
- Trauma, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), abuse (recent or historic)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of meaning or direction
- Spiritual practice and creative work
Psychosynthesis recognises that our sense of calling and our soul’s deep values and aspirations are central to this work. This approach offers a valuable framework for personal growth, encouraging the development and integration of one’s personality.
Addressing personal history, including our experience of relationships, and witnessing how this impacts on the present can help us to find threads of continuity, building a stronger sense of personal identity.
Sometimes old familiar feelings and habits re-emerge in therapy; within a context of trust, kindness and emotional intelligence we can learn anew. Gradually, difficult feelings and estranged parts of our ‘self’ can find a welcome home, no longer provoking conflict in our lives and hearts.
Throughout Psychosynthesis therapy, we may include existential issues such as our search for meaning and purpose, our place in the world, and how to love in the face of transition and loss.
Couple therapy provides a safe place to hold and support a relationship in crisis - one that perhaps feels chaotic, unsustainable, life-denying or simply stuck.
Conflict and disappointment are often part of a relationship’s journey, but rather than necessarily heralding the end, such difficult phases can be transformative.
With guidance and care we can learn about our desire for love, and how we use power; we can recognise, understand and therefore discover the potential to change the painful, repetitive patterns of communication; we can open to a deeper empathic awareness of each other.
If you think this could be for you and your partner, do call me to find out more.
And if you would like to meet...
I welcome prospective individual clients to an initial meeting (£30).
For couples, email or telephone me to arrange a full one hour session together at the normal fee.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Developmental Psychology [University of Sussex]
- PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling [Psychosynthesis and Education Trust / University of East London]
- Advanced Certificate Couple Counselling ['Time 2 Relate']
- MA in Psychotherapy [University of East London]
- Registered member BACP
- UKCP accredited
I work within the ethical frameworks of the BACP and UKCP.
Additional working experience:
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression and stress-reduction courses
- Right relations groupwork
- 'Talking about Death and Dying' workshops
- 'The Work that Reconnects' - Joanna Macy / Deep Ecology
- Established Buddhist teacher and practitioner (aka Dh. Khemanandi)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General relational psychotherapy offered to individuals and struggling relationships.
I work with a range of tools but consistently draw on mindfulness, body awareness and the imagination through use of imagery, and story.
Sliding scale according to whether Poynings or Brighton practice location:
£55 / £65 for 50 minutes - individual therapy
£75 for 60 minutes - couple therapy
£30 for introductory meeting - individual therapy only
I currently work from both Poynings - a 10 to 15 minute drive from Brighton and on the No.17 bus route - and Brighton Consulting Rooms in Clermont Road (next to Preston Park train station) where there is disabled access and facilities for wheelchair users.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Yes, Brighton Consulting Rooms is wheelchair accessible and the is a disabled toilet.
Tuesday to Saturday
Types of client
Supervision & training
Indivual supervision for psychotherapists and counsellors working within a humanistic, transpersonal or psychodynamic modality.View supervision profile