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About me

Welcome

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 an LGBTQ-identified and affirmative counsellor and psychotherapist, with nineteen years experience in LGBTQ counselling, advocacy and support services. I offer online counselling and psychotherapy to lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary and queer adults throughout the UK.

I counsel people from diverse backgrounds, and support a huge variety of LGBTQ identities and ways of being. 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. Other people want support to change the way they relate to themselves and others. Some people simply want to address a general feeling of dissatisfaction and unease, or to explore their options in a safe and supportive environment.

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

  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • isolation
  • loneliness
  • relationship issues
  • stress
  • 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.

Practicalities

I offer weekday and early evening appointments via Zoom and Skype, and have been working online for many years. People often feel more relaxed and open when they are in their own space, which means online therapy relationships can have a unique depth and ease.

I charge £55 for individual sessions and £65 for couples, and introductory sessions are usually available within a week.

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 nineteen 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

BACP

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

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

I charge £55 for individual sessions and £65 for couples.

Availability

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

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."

Brighton
East Sussex
BN2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Dana Cohen, Brighton LGBTQ Online Counselling & Psychotherapy

Dana Cohen, Brighton LGBTQ Online Counselling & Psychotherapy