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Dana Cohen - LGBTQ Affirmative

Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 07811 935806 07811 935806 07811935806 07811935806

About me


We all have times when we need support to face current difficulties and resolve issues from our past. The process of counselling and psychotherapy can be profoundly transformative, enabling us to develop more creative, meaningful and fulfilling lives.

What I Offer

I am a BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist, with nineteen years experience in private practice, community organisations, and online therapy. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples in Brighton & Hove, and online throughout the UK. For the time being, I am offering all sessions online or by phone.

I have worked for many years in LGBTQ counselling and support services in Brighton & Hove. I value the huge diversity of lesbian, gay, bi, non-binary, trans and queer identities and experiences; and work with a broad spectrum of LGBTQ lifestyles. I provide a safe, confidential space in which you can speak freely about problems that are affecting you and explore your fears, hopes and dreams.

Reasons for Counselling

Many people come for counselling or psychotherapy because they have had distressing or stressful experiences which they want to talk about in a safe setting, such as childhood experiences and major life transitions. Other people want help in dealing with specific traits, such as difficulties relating to people or low self-esteem. Sometimes people simply want space to explore a general feeling that their lives aren't quite right, or to undertake personal development in a safe and supportive environment.

At the moment, many people are seeking online and phone therapy to cope with the impact of coronavirus, which has changed our lives so much in such a short period of time. The upheaval brought about by the pandemic is profoundly affecting how we think, feel and relate. A safe and secure therapeutic relationship can provide an anchor in these unsettling and challenging times, and help us to develop and draw on our internal and external resources.

I have experience working with a wide range of issues, including:-

  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • isolation
  • loneliness
  • relationship issues
  • stress
  • trauma
  • coming out
  • feelings of being stuck
  • low self-esteem
  • physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • work related issues

Because people are so different in terms of what they want and need, I adapt my way of working to suit each person I counsel. You may find that a few sessions are enough to help you move forward, or you may want to explore issues in more depth.


My practice is in a peaceful setting with free parking, close to bus and train routes. I counsel online via Skype and Zoom, which are free video calling platforms. They are easy to install and use on laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

I offer weekday and early evening appointments, and introductory sessions are usually available within a week. I charge £25 for initial sessions, which are an opportunity for you to tell me more about what may be troubling you and get a sense of how I would work with you.

For subsequent meetings, I offer a sliding scale of £50 - £65 per session for individuals, and charge £65 for couples. I also offer some sessions at a reduced rate, for those on a low income or benefits.

Session Booking

The quality of the therapeutic relationship has been shown to be one of the most significant factors in the process of growth and healing, so it is important to find a counsellor or psychotherapist with whom you feel at ease. If you would like to have a chat before booking a session, please do get in touch, so you can see if you feel comfortable talking with me and ask any questions you might have. You can contact me now via email or by calling me on 07811935806. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. Integrative therapy is a flexible and inclusive way of working, which combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the specific needs of individual clients.

I have a Graduate Diploma in Individual Psychotherapy and Relationship Therapy and an MA in Women's Studies. I am a registered member of BACP, and adhere to their Ethical Framework.

I began working as an counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia eighteen years ago, alongside work in women's refuges. After moving to the UK, I combined private counselling & psychotherapy practice with work in LGBTQ and employee assistance services.

I have managed Brighton & Hove's LGBT Community Forum, and an LGBT couples counselling service. I have also worked as a counsellor for Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard's Counselling Project; and managed Brighton & Hove Relate.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • LGBTQ. I value the huge diversity of LGBTQ identities and experiences, and work with a broad spectrum of LGBTQ lifestyles.
  • family issues
  • feeling sad
  • separation and divorce
  • affairs and betrayals
  • childhood bullying
  • spirituality
  • shame

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dramatherapy
  • EMDR
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Music therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


I charge £55 for individual sessions and £65 for couples. I also offer some short-term sessions at a reduced rate, based on what you can afford to pay.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Further information

Client Testimonials

"You made me feel at ease straight away."
"You were really open and non-judgemental."
"I knew I could trust you."
"You inspired me with confidence."
"I felt very comfortable with you."
"You are a fantastic listener."
"You were highly motivating.”
"You were very intuitive and really connected to us both."
"You were enormously supportive."
"You are the best counsellor I have ever had."
"You have really helped me through a very difficult time in my life and for that I can not thank you enough. I know I would not have got through it without you."
"My sessions with you really have helped. Things are good now and my partner and I have been able to chat through quite a lot, which has been great. I feel more in control than I ever have."
"Dana was very helpful and supportive through a difficult time in my life, and created a relaxed atmosphere which made it easier to be open about my issues. She made it very easy to discuss difficult issues and provided a fresh perspective on things which helps you re-evaluate your own views and helps you to understand why you act or react in certain ways."
"Thank you so much for enabling me to rediscover the joy and optimism in my life."
"I would like to thank you for what you have done for me. I feel so much more in control of my life and my own happiness. Thank you for your kindness and support."
"Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. We are forever grateful."

East Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Monday morning & afternoon, Tuesday afternoon & evening, Wednesday afternoon & evening, Friday morning & afternoon

Types of client

Older adults


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