Patrick McCurry MBACP, UKCP Reg
I am an experienced therapist, seeing individuals and couples. I provide a warm and welcoming space where you can explore difficult issues, so that you can move forward in your life.
It can be scary going to see a counsellor or therapist. After all, most of us pride ourselves on our ability to sort out our problems independently. But sometimes things seem to have got to the point where we realise we may need some outside support.
This could be because we're in a relationship that has hit serious problems, that we've been made redundant or experienced some other loss, or that we find ourselves dominated by unhelpful or self-destructive behaviour patterns.
Alternatively, there may be no crisis, just an uncomfortable feeling that we're on the wrong track in life and would like more fulfilment and meaning.
As well as helping you deal with difficult issues or feelings, I also try to work in a 'soulful' way. This means seeing painful experiences, difficulties and suffering not just as things to get rid of but also as important influences that shape our character and can, in the longer term, lead to wisdom and self-knowledge.
Among the issues I deal with are:
• stress, anxiety and depression
• relationship problems and couples' issues
• addiction, compulsion and unhelpful behaviour patterns
• sexual issues
• spiritual issues/lack of meaning or fulfillment in life
• low self-esteem
I offer counselling and therapy for individuals and couples. I aim to provide a safe and supportive space, in which you can deal with issues that are troubling you. Together we can explore and clarify your feelings, as well as look at what may be underlying unhelpful behaviour patterns. This process may at times be challenging, as it can take you beyond your comfort zone, but at the same time it can be liberating and open you up to new perspectives and ways of being.
Counselling and therapy are processes in which, over time, you will begin to feel more in touch with yourself and what you really want. Of course, it is not always a smooth ride and, while there is no quick fix, there is the prospect of deeper self-knowledge and self-acceptance. I see my role as helping facilitate that journey and, perhaps, helping you find meaning in your experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
I used to work as a journalist and also spent several years in Latin America. I re-trained as counsellor/therapist after therapy helped me deal with a life crisis in my thirties.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am registered with the main psychotherapy association, the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
My training is in integrative Psychosynthesis, in which I have a counselling diploma and an advanced diploma in psychotherapy. I also have a diploma in couple counselling.
'Integrative' means my training drew on approaches from several counselling schools. This enables me to tailor the way I work to what each individual client brings. 'Psychosynthesis' is an approach to counselling that stresses the importance not only of our conscious selves and decisions but also of a spiritual dimension to our experience. It teaches that there is something mysterious and unique in every person, which cannot always be understood but can be honoured.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Finding meaning in life.
Mid life transition
£50 for individuals in Eastbourne, £70 in London.
For couples I charge on a sliding scale.
In some cases I offer a concessionary rate for people who find it hard to pay the full fee.
For details of my Eastbourne practice visit www.patrickmccurrycounselling.co.uk. For details of my London practice visit www.chrysaliscounselling.com.
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- Why it's important to be able to say 'no' to your partner
- Men who suffer from 'Peter Pan' syndrome
- Couple counselling when only one partner has a 'problem'
- How to cope with 'childish' feelings
- Dealing with jealousy
- Tips for finding the right therapist
- How an affair can be a catalyst for change
- Why won't your therapist talk more about themselves?
- Dealing with your inner critic
- Men and isolation
- What's your 'attachment' style and how does it affect your love life?
- How modern life makes grieving difficult
- Why it's good to fall out of love
- Want a better sex life? Learn to be in conflict more!
- How we often treat others the way we were treated
- Are you a depressed superachiever?
- Dealing with Conflict in Relationships
- Sexual problems in relationships
- Can we find meaning in depression?
- How do we feel about disappointing our parents?
- Why what really annoys you about your partner might be just what you need!
I am currently a supervisor in training and offer low-cost supervision to individuals, in person or via Skype.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work in Eastbourne on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
I work at Canary Wharf on Mondays and Wednesdays (day and evening)
Types of client
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