About me

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I have been a relationship and generalist counsellor for over 15 years and have gained a broad experience of working with individuals, couples, families and young people from many diverse backgrounds. More recently I have narrowed my client base to working with individuals only, where I can work in a more focused and personal way. This could be with a relationship or family focus, or looking at a wide range of issues from personal identity, creativity, career and personal development to managing major life transitions, grief, loss and rebuilding.

I am an interactive, friendly and personal counsellor who hopes to build a warm, supportive relationship with you. I do not have all the answers, rather I help you find your own answers and strategies and aim to find new ways of looking at situations so together we can come up with options and support you in the best way for you.

I have a particular interest in working with people who are creating their lives and themselves outside of their comfort zone, or away from social norms. Whether you are starting over after divorce, dreaming of an unconventional career change or retirement, choosing to live with more than one partner, exploring your gender or sexual identity, looking to leave the rat race and embrace digital nomadism, live off grid or start a family on your own, this new century offers many different options for creating a life that suits you and is not prescribed. I hope to help you know yourself and become as happy and accepting of that as possible, whatever and whoever you are.

As well as my general and relationship work, I am a specialist fertility counsellor and have five years experience helping people who are struggling with the fertility journey. This includes the full spectrum of family arrangements, from single women starting a family using donor sperm to those in same sex couples, those considering surrogacy or adoption and transgender people considering their fertility options prior to medical transition.

BACKGROUND AND APPROACH

I draw on a wide range of approaches including systemic, solution-focused, CBT, person centred and coaching oriented ideas and techniques. I work flexibly - most of my sessions are fortnightly though some are weekly, monthly or even less frequent including standalone sessions. I try to work around irregular routines where possible and (lockdowns permitting) can offer a hybrid online/face-to-face combination to make this easier.

As a counsellor I have worked with a wide variety of private, NHS, fertility and Relate clients, been a secondary school counsellor, provided short term GP-referred counselling, worked with parents in a primary school, with homeless people looking to reconnect with their families and provided telephone CBT to survivors of road accidents. For the last five years I have been a fertility counsellor and am a member of BICA (British Infertility Counsellors Association).

I aim to work as inclusively as possible and have undertaken training in LGBTQI+ Inclusion and Gender Dysphoria as well as working with adults with Asperger's/High functioning autism in relationships. I have a particular interest in non-traditional relationships and alternative family structures including polyamory, platonic co-parenting, elective/non-elective single parenting and Living Apart Together. I have experience of the particular dynamics and challenges that these relationships face and aim to work with every individual by understanding the unique way in which you operate, rather than making any traditional assumptions or judgements.

As a qualified life coach I can offer stand alone coaching or bring a coaching approach to counselling which looks at making practical changes, clarifying goals and focussing on the positive.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Accreditation
  • British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) Accreditation
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of East London - Distinction)
  • Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching (Learning Curve - Distinction)
  • Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (Institute of Family Therapy - Merit)
  • Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate / University of East London)
  • Qualification as a Relate Counsellor (Relate)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy (2:1)

Specialised Relate training in :

  • Counselling Young People
  • Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • "Sexually Speaking" - Awareness and practice with issues of sexuality
  • LGBTQI+ Inclusion
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Asperger's Syndrome and the Couple Relationship

Other training:

  • Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) - Meg-John Barker (author of the BACP's Diversity policy)
  • Implications and Support counselling for fertility clients
  • Teaching Mindfulness Skills
  • Working with Men in a Fertility Setting
  • Narrative Therapy

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).

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Fees

Additional information

Telephone/Online: £50 individuals only

Face to face: £50 individuals / £65 couples

Availability

Weekdays

Suite 9
18C High St
Battle
E Sussex
TN33 0AE

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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Dinah Purton

Dinah Purton