About me

I am a warm, empathic and experienced counsellor providing face to face sessions in Seaford and zoom or phone sessions. I have many years experience as a person-centred/integrative counsellor helping people develop greater self-understanding and self-acceptance.  The counselling I offer is confidential and person-centred, focused on you and your needs. I will build a trusting, warm relationship with you in which you feel accepted and understood. Feeling heard and understood and really listened to enables you to open up. Burdens can be shared that you may have been carrying for some time and feeling alone with. It is not always easy to share issues with family or friends and clients often tell me how relieved they are offload.  Sometimes when alone with an issue we can feel self-critical and feel we should be coping better.  Counselling changes that because feeling understood and accepted improves self-esteem and gets rid of self-blame. Counselling provides a fresh perspective and clarity on our feelings and experiences and this can make everything feel lighter.  

I have 21 years experience in mental health and have a breadth of experience in supporting people to work through issues of loss, trauma, anxiety, depression relationship difficulties, addictions and more.  I will tailor my approach to suit your needs. Sometimes you may need space to explore issues or you may wish to work on goals or develop coping strategies using CBT tools or mindfulness techniques. Counselling is a unique journey and clients often tell me it is the best thing they have ever done and that it has turned their lives around. 

The first session:

It can feel daunting reaching out for support to someone new and it takes courage. The first session gives you a space to explore what you would like to gain from counselling and to see if you feel comfortable with me.   Give me a ring or email to chat about what to expect from counselling and ask any questions. Sometimes it can reduce anxiety to speak before the first session. 

Client Reviews:

"Incredibly intuitive, kind and insightful therapist. Liz can gently prod you in the right direction. She changed my life. I dread to think where I would be if I had not found her".  Female Client: review written Oct 2021

"Liz provided me with a safe space in which to explore the previously impossible things I needed to explore. She had compassion and empathy. She kept up with my lengthy rambles, and sat in silence with me, shared her insights when appropriate and really heard what I needed to say. My time with Liz allowed an authentic shift deep inside myself that has been profoundly healing. I would wish anyone finding themselves struggling with painful and challenging issues a ‘Liz’ to go on that journey with. Truly professional whilst also being humanly real, Liz’s skills and abilities as a counsellor are second to none." Female client: review written 2019

"Liz has helped me immensely with her compassionate and very understanding nature. I feel totally at ease with her and I am able to share my innermost feelings and worries without any risk of being judged.  I actually look forward to our sessions each week as a way of cleansing my mind for the week ahead." Male client: review written 2019

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & training

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling: Brighton University
  • BA (Hons) Sussex University: English Literature
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling: Heartswork
  • Drug & Alcohol Counselling Training: SASS (Sussex Alcohol Substance Use Service) (Including CBT & Motivational Interviewing)
  • Working with Trauma & Recovery: Wealden Institute & Rise Counselling Service
  • Bereavement Counselling: BACP
  • Working with Men who have experienced Sexual Abuse/ Assault: Survivors UK
  • Solution-Focused Counselling: Young People's Centre
  • Counselling Young People: Rise Counselling Service & Online CPD with BACP
  • Pluralistic Counselling: Brighton Person-Centred Community
  • Existential Therapy & Phenomenology: Ernesto Spinelli, KGA
  • Recognising & Assessing Mental Disturbance: BPCC
  • Personality Inside Out: Human Personality in the Consulting Room:  Psychotherapy UK
  • Compassion Focused Therapy: Brighton Therapy Partnership
  • Zen and the art of Person-Centred Therapy: BPCC
  • Traumatic Attachment and Co-Regulation: The Neuro-biology of Relationship: Psychotherapy Excellence
  • Working with Risky Behaviours in Adolescent Clients: Brighton Therapy Partnership
  • Part-Time Youth Work Certificate: Kingston Youth Service

Current counselling experience

  • Counsellor: Private Practice, Brighton & Seaford (2010- ongoing)

Previous experience

  • Counsellor: Young People's Centre
  • Counsellor: As You Are, Southwick
  • Drug/Alcohol Counsellor: SASS, Hove
  • Mental Health Support Worker Roles (2000-2010)

.Further info

I am fully insured, receive clinical supervision and ongoing professional development training. I am also a member BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I adhere to their ethical framework.

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.

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Counselling Sessions: £50 per session. 

Concessions/Students: £40-£45 per session (where the full fee would be financially difficult-please do discuss with me)

Individual Sessions last 50 mins.

Longer sessions available on arrangement.


Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I have experience working with adults, young people and couples dealing with:

  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions (including drug & alcohol)
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Cancer
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce & separation
  • Eating disorders
  • Fears
  • Health related issues
  • Infertility
  • Low self-esteem & low self-confidence
  • Panic attacks
  • Paranoia
  • Personal development
  • Post-natal depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Couples counselling
  • Self harm
  • Separation & divorce
  • Stress
  • Trauma (PTSD)
  • Work related issues
  • General counselling.

Seaford
East Sussex
BN25

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

The premises are on the ground floor and are wheelchair user accessible. I would discuss your needs with you prior to a first face-to-face appointment or zoom or telephone appointment.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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