Jenny Deadman BA hons, BACP Accredited
After studying languages for A levels [I was brought up in London] I went to the University of Sussex to read for my degree in developmental psychology. Many years later I trained in counselling and psychotherapy. When I first qualified, I worked for several years as a practice counsellor in GP practices in Brighton, and now I just work privately.
People seek out counselling for a number of reasons, often after considering it for months and months. Then having reached a dead end elsewhere, and finding themselves in crisis, they may seek out professional counselling.The presenting issue may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Counselling can be of use in understanding and reworking problematical relationship issues, managing feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, resolving unresolved grief, or with identity issues. It can also help you understand and manage phobias, and to work through unresolved trauma which you may find resurfaces at times of extreme stress.
I work in a humanistic/psychodynamic way, allowing you to tell your story in your own words until you gain the strength to carry on with restored self esteem and understanding.
My consulting room is on the ground floor of my house and we will sit opposite each other in comfortable chairs. What you speak about is up to you. The sessions are confidential and I work under the code of practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Clients report that they feel understood and supported. The process is not swift if the issues are deep and long standing. I generally work with people once a week.
People do not necessarily find it easy to trust another person, to be expressive, to be self aware, to take time for themselves, especially if they have little confidence, feel depressed and have low self esteem. You will decide on the issues that you choose to bring to light that day, and I may add my insight and understanding to yours. I am not there to tell you what to do or what to think.
Why counselling may be sought
There are many different feelings, events and experiences that may be resolved by counselling.
You may feel overwhelmed by powerful and conflicting feelings , unable to see clearly or make decisions or move ahead in your life.
You might have a growing realisation that some changes are needed in your inner or outer life but be unsure what they are or how to bring them about.
There might be a fresh or past trauma, a bereavement or other loss that has knocked you sideways.
Some people suffer with anxiety and depression and want to be listened to and be supported through the difficult times. Some people have a lot of anger.
The decision to seek a counsellor or therapist is a big step, but if you feel desperate, anxious , or muddled or very unhappy, research indicates that counselling and psychotherapy can be helpful .
How I work
I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and have been accredited and practicing as a counsellor/therapist for many years.
The way I work is influenced by two main schools of therapy/counselling: gestalt therapy and psychodynamic counselling/ therapy.
in Gestalt therapy the emphasis is on self expression and experimentation, the here and now, on creativity and spontaneity. By increasing your awareness of the patterns you are stuck in, you can become freer to make choices, be creative and try a new approach.
Psychodynamic work is a bit deeper, and as well as exploring your thoughts and feelings, we will see how the unconscious works, to help you understand yourself better. You can explore how unconscious dynamics influence you, and you may want to look more closely at your early relationships, including your early family relationships, to learn how these may be affecting your relationships now.
In both approaches I work mainly by listening, supportively, and by using the 'therapeutic relationship'. I provide a secure framework, while you find the words to explore and express your feelings.
I read for a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Sussex and took my Diploma in Counselling at Brighton University. I then completed a two year Gestalt training and I have remained a member of an ongoing Gestalt group since then. I later studied for a Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling. Later on, after many years' practice, I studied for a diploma in psychodynamic supervision at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London.
I am an accredited B.A.C.P. Counsellor and follow their code of ethics.
I worked for several years as a counsellor in Doctors surgeries for the National Health Service and have been in private practice since 1987.
I am also a qualified and practicing Iyengar yoga teacher.
How to contact me and making a 'contract'.
My practice is in central Hove.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 07890 607902. If you leave me a message I will phone you back.
My fees are £42 a session, reviewed annually in October, I also have a few concession/reduced fee places.
After our initial meeting, if we decide to work together, we will make a verbal contract for our work, and arrange a regular time to meet. Sessions are usually once a week, and the session is for fifty five minutes.
In the initial meeting we will discuss appointment times, fees etc, and later on make a 'contract' for our work together.You will not need to decide this straight away but you may, for example, decide you need to make a 'time limited' contract, for example for six or ten sessions. However you might decide to work with me over a more extended period, and with a long period of work together the ending or conclusion of the works will be approached over several sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons Developmental Psychology.
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.
Rochester Foundation Gestalt Therapy Training Certificate.
Post Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Diploma in Supervision of Psychodynamic Counselling WPF.
BACP Accreditation in Counselling/Psychotherapy.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£42 per fifty five minute session, with concessions for students and low waged and unwaged clients.
I review my fees in October each year, but I do not necessarily put them up.
Please telephone me or send me an email if you would like to make an appointment or discuss an appointment with me. If I am not avalable to take your call, please leave a message and a phone number/email address and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
phone 07890 607902.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French and Spanish, but not fluent enough for counselling.|
Appointments available on Wednesday 10 to 6. Thursdays 10 to 6. Fridays 10 to 4. But I am available by phone or email whenever you wish to contact me.
Types of client
Supervision & training