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About me

I am a Humanistic therapist, which means I believe in your innate ability to think for yourself, to grow, develop and heal. I'm warm, authentic and sensitive, and I'll support you as you explore and bring about the changes you want to make.

Counselling can be hard work, and sometimes, you might feel sad, scared, angry or frustrated. We might also laugh, or talk about what brings you joy. I'll welcome you without judgment, whatever you wish to explore.

My training includes Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I combine these three models so that I can offer therapy that's tailored to you. Often it's enough just to talk, to hear yourself out loud and be understood by someone else. If it's useful to you, we might sometimes work with creative techniques, like drawing or writing, or we might explore how you experience emotion in your body, as well as your mind.

We'll focus on whatever feels helpful for you. You might wish to explore how your history or childhood affects you now, and perhaps question old beliefs or patterns of behaviour. You might need compassionate support, or space to talk about what's happening for you right now.

I'll also be sensitive to any contextual issues you want to look at, whether they're day to day, existential, political or environmental.

At the start of our work, we'll talk about what you'd like to get from counselling. This might be something very specific or it may be more abstract. It's also fine if you don't know what you'd like to achieve, or don't want to work with any kind of goal in mind. I want to be as useful to you as possible, so from time to time, we'll take a look at how you feel our sessions are going.

I'll offer you a safe and confidential space. I bring my real self to our work and I'll be alongside you, to notice, reflect, listen, empathise and on occasion, gently challenge. I will meet you as a whole person; not only your struggles but all that you are.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional qualification

  • Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling (Wealden Psychology Institute)

Counselling positions

  • St Barnabas Hospice, Goring
  • New Road Psychotherapy, Brighton

I have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Bereavement
  • Transitional life events
  • Chronic pain
  • Life-altering illness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties and family relationships
  • Challenges of young adulthood

I have also worked in a non-therapeutic role with women who have experienced domestic abuse.

I am a registered member of the BACP and 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have substantial experience in working with young adults.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

I charge £50 a session with some concessions available.

I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation on Zoom or telephone. This is a chance for me to find out more about you and what you'd like to get from counselling. It's also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to see if you feel I'm a good fit for you as a therapist.

Availability

I have appointments available weekdays and evenings Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Further information

Due to COVID-19, I'm currently working exclusively on Zoom or phone.

When it's safe to do so, I will resume face to face counselling at New Road Psychotherapy. The building is conveniently located in the centre of Brighton and the rooms are bright and welcoming.

Sessions are 50 minutes at the same time each week.

New Road Psychotherapy
28 New Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1UG

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

Unspecified

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Anna Murphy MBACP (reg)

Anna Murphy MBACP (reg)