Dana Cohen MA, Registered Member MBACP
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 meaningful, creative and fulfilling lives.
What I offer
I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist, with many years experience in LGBTQ counselling and psychotherapy services. I offer LGBTQ affirmative counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples from Brighton, Hove, Lewes and surrounding areas. I also offer telephone counselling, and online counselling via Skype.
Over the last 16 years, I have supported people from diverse backgrounds to identify and build on their strengths, and transform their lives. 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.
How I work
I trained as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, and use insights from a variety of therapeutic perspectives in my practice. I work with people to tackle a wide range of issues, including:-
- childhood trauma and abuse
- coming out
- dealing with anger
- difficulties relating to people
- experiences of discrimination
- feelings of being stuck
- loss of meaning and purpose
- low self-esteem
- major life transitions
- relationship issues
Some people find that a few sessions are enough to enable them to move forward, while others find that they benefit from more time in therapy.
LGBTQ affirmative counselling
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer individuals and couples often experience discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ affirmative counselling and psychotherapy are sensitive to the effects of LGBTQ discrimination, and value the huge diversity of LGBTQ experiences and identities.
I have many years experience supporting LGBTQ individuals and couples. I have worked as a counsellor for an LGBT Counselling Project, as the Co-ordinator of Brighton and Hove's LGBT Community Forum, and as the manager of an LGBT couple counselling service.
I know how painful it is to experience discrimination because of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity; how difficult it can be to come out to friends and family; how hard it can be to find LGBTQ affirmative support for relationship issues; and how important it is to find an informed and attuned therapist.
The quality of the therapeutic relationship is 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 you can work. If you would like to have a chat before booking an initial session, please do get in touch, so that you can see if you feel comfortable talking with me and ask any questions you might have.
I understand how difficult it can be to take the first step and approach a counsellor, and will do everything I can to help you feel at ease. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Experience
I have a Graduate Diploma in Individual Psychotherapy and Relationship Therapy and an MA in Women's Studies. I am a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and adhere to their ethical framework.
I began working as a counsellor and psychotherapist fourteen years ago, and have managed counselling services at Relate and Age Concern. I have worked as the co-ordinator of Brighton's LGBT Community Forum; and as a counsellor for Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard. I have also worked as a clinical supervisor and counsellor at an employee assistance programme.
Before moving to the UK from Australia, I combined private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist with work in women's refuges.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individual sessions cost £55 and couple sessions cost £65.
My counselling practice is in a tranquil setting close to Brighton and Sussex Universities, is easily accessible by public transport, and has free parking. Sessions are usually available within a week and I offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments.
"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."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday morning & afternoon, Tuesday afternoon & evening, Wednesday afternoon & evening, Friday morning & afternoon
Types of client