Amelia Bayes (PgDip, BACP registered)
How counselling can help you
Counselling and psychotherapy can provide a safe, confidential, supportive space for you to bring any problems you are having and explore difficult thoughts and feelings. You might seek counselling and psychotherapy because you are struggling to cope, feeling dissatisfied with your life, having relationship issues, trying to process a loss or a change, or finding it difficult to make a big decision. You might want to make sense of things that have happened in the past, look at patterns you might be stuck in, think about your future or just get some extra support to help you through a tough time.
What I can offer you
I offer short or long term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples in Brighton and Hove. I work integratively, which means that I draw on a variety of different therapeutic models, including person-centred therapy, psychodynamic and attachment theory, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), as well as considering how the social world impacts on each of us. My approach sees each client as an individual with different therapeutic needs, rather than one size of therapy fitting all, so I work flexibly but with a focus on the relationship between therapist and client and how we can work collaboratively.
What to expect in your first session
I believe that a good relationship between therapist and client has a big impact on the effectiveness of therapy, so I offer a free initial consultation to see if working together feels right for both of us. This gives you a chance to find out more about how I work and whether I am the right fit for you, and me a chance to get a sense of what you are looking for from counselling and whether I can support you with that, or whether another type of service might be more appropriate for you right now.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and training
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton), a CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills, and a certificate in Couples Counselling. In addition I have trained in suicide prevention, working with self-injury, trauma therapy, working with clients experiencing abuse, alcohol and substance misuse, autism awareness, nature-based therapy, and creative therapeutic methods.
I have experience working therapeutically with clients in a range of settings including in schools, colleges, in the community and in NHS settings, and with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, relationship difficulties, and problems at work or in education.
My areas of specialism
I frequently work with issues of anxiety, assertiveness and boundaries with others. I also have particular experience working with issues around gender and sexuality, with LGBT and gender diverse clients, with clients who practice non-monogamy, polyamory, BDSM, and other non-traditional relationships, and with sex workers.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
The initial consultation is free, then sessions are charged on a sliding-scale between £40-60 for individuals and £50-70 for couples, depending on how much you can afford to pay. I charge in this way to try to make counselling accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. Fees can be paid by cash or bank transfer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday daytimes and evenings
Types of client