With over 20 years of experience, I am still passionate about the effectiveness of Integrative Counselling, which tailors different approaches depending each client's differing needs' When Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-esteem, Trauma and Loss can start to feel overwhelming I can help to process these feelings and find helpful coping strategies. Though these feelings are all normal under the circumstances, they can feel isolating, confusing and that no one could help. Most importantly you need to feel truly listened to and understood at your own pace. This allows you to be your true self or discover who you really are if you feel 'lost'. Counselling can help you to achieve clarity and balance, which can lead to a more fulfilling and positive way forward.
I provide a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment to confidentially explore and process difficult thoughts and feelings, These feelings will often be around issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Bereavement, Abuse and bullying, Low confidence and Self-esteem, OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Self-harm and suicide.
I see clients from the age of 13 onwards.
No feelings are wrong, but sometimes they can lead us to make unhelpful choices. I use such therapies as Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal, Gestalt, Cognitive/ Behavioural Therapy and relaxation, it is important to find out what is helpful and what is not, in an honest and open way. By developing a trusting relationship between clients and myself, positive ways forward can be achieved.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and, ideally, weekly to start with.
Counselling and the potential it has for an effective and happier way forward never ceases to hearten me. When life becomes too hard to see the wood for the trees, having someone to walk with along the difficult and often scary path of processing difficult feelings (without judgement or someone ‘telling us' what to do) can empower us and find peace.
View my website www.counsellingeastbourne.com for more details www.eastsussexcounsellors.co.uk/counsellor/alex-perry-
I work with individuals and couples with Depression, Anxiety, Difficult relationships, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety, Bereavement, Anger management, Low confidence and Self-esteem, Eating disorders and Self-Harm. Childhood and Adult Abuse/ sexual abuse, Bullying, OCD, clients with a learning disability, suicidal thoughts and eating disorders.
I abide by the BACP ethics and guidelines and am a registered member.
I have regular supervision to ensure I am dealing ethically and effectively with my clients.
I keep up with update training.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in Eastbourne and Bexhill and have a Diploma in Counselling with the NCFE. I have been in the field of counselling for 20 years and I am a Registered Member of the BACP and accredited with Cruse (bereavement charity).
As well as my private Practice at home, I also work for 'Counselling Plus Community' a charity in Hastings (formerly Hastings and Rother Counselling Service), where I am a counsellor and Assessor.
I was a College Counsellor at Hastings College with 'Counselling plus Community' for three years.
I am trained and approved to counsel for S.S.O.S (Survivors of Suicide} referrals and SARC (Sexual Abuse Referral Centre) referrals for pre-trial therapy, via Counselling Plus.
I have just started the process of finding a publisher for my book 'Normal under the Circumstances (DIY for the emotions) which has been written for anyone undergoing emotional difficulties
I have updated training in: EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy) level 1, Positive Psychology, clients with a disability, Suicidal clients, Sexual abuse and trauma, Secondary Attachments (Richard Bowlby), working creatively, couples counselling, Play ThNCFEerapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Anger managiement, Mindfulness, Sexual Health, Transgressive Sexuality, Couples counselling, working with children age 13 + and child protection.
SOME CLIENT COMMENTS ON THEIR EXPERIENCE (kept anonymous due to confidentiality)
....."I never really believed that a talking therapy would work......Now I would encourage everyone to experience it........"
....." It's difficult to explain how I feel better..... emotionally lighter would be one way to describe it".
....."I can allow myself to feel what I feel without beating myself up for it".
....."No one had ever really listened to me or been bothered about what I might think ......I didn't even know who I was myself"
....."I thought that being confident and assertive meant being bossy, aggressive and confrontational....It is nothing of the sort".
......"I now don't worry all the time. I can let go of the little things and the things I have no control over. ......Actually I don't feel the need to control them any more!"
......"I always believed that it was everybody else and couldn't see my part to play in it. Now things have changed because I have.
......"I now have got an emotional tool box I can draw from when I feel I need it."
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
From £45.00 to £55.00
Concessions offered for
£45 for individuals (50 minute session)
£55 for couples (50 minute session)
£40 for Counselling Course trainees
You can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning of our session.
Or by bank transfer the day before our session (request details)
Generally Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, weekends and early evening.
The bus 1/ 1a is the local bus route from Eastbourne Station and comes every ten minutes generally.
The number 99 bus comes from the Hastings and Bexhill area.
If driving, Rotunda Road is a one way circular road and I am 3/4 of the way round. There is a palm tree and street light out side my house on the right. I have a parking space on the driveway next to my car ( purple Citroen DS3) or there is available parking on the road.
Due to the CORONAVIRUS outbreak I will be taking the following steps to minimalize contamination.
1. All drinking glasses and water will be fresh for each client and will be washed on a hot wash in the dishwasher. I will handle the glasses with gloves.
2. Although I do not touch my clients, I will wash my hands for at least 20 seconds in between client sessions, and be mindful of distancing as much as I am able.
3. All surfaces will be cleaned that clients may come into contact with, including the downstairs toilet facilities.
4. I will use the door handles for clients entering and leaving the building.
5. There will be hand towels in the toilet for clients using that facility. Having used a hand towel, drop it into the bath for me to wash.
6. Sessions are to be cancelled if me or a client displays the known Coronavirus symptoms (dry cough or a fever) or in contact with anyone that has these symptoms. Sessions can resume once the officially advised time has lapsed. The officially advised time may vary.
7. Anyone that is a part of this household is now extra vigilant with handwashing hygiene and extra steps are being taken within the household re contamination.
Please discuss with me anything else you are concerned with, regarding this.