Ben Jones | MBACP, PGDip | Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Ben Jones | MBACP, PGDip | Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

The Practice Rooms
160-162 Church Road
Hove
BN3 2DL

0779468984

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About me

My goal is to provide a space for you to connect with and better understand the experiences that trouble you. This could be related to a specific issue in the short term, but also might be as general and open ended as the way you struggle to live or have lived throughout the course of your life. Often it starts with an attempt to reconnect with yourself and make deeper contact with where you are: something which might feel unbearable to do alone. Meeting in this place together however can provide the security and challenge for you to reveal your desires, fears, hopes and disappointments, so you might find new and creative possibilities for being alive in the world.

My approach to therapy is embodied, relational, and influenced by existential philosophy, while taking into account developmental perspectives and the way in which we are shaped from our early life experiences. This has in turn shaped the way I perceive the work: I aim to be with you and the whole of your experience, acknowledging the here-and-now as much as the there-and-then. We might, for instance, find focus around anxiety, stuck and past traumas, connecting to intimate relationships or just being present in the room together. What's important is that you're given the opportunity to think clearly, feel openly and speak from somewhere close to the heart about where these come together. This can a radical endeavour when these channels for relating are closed – as they so often are – in day-to-day life.

Lastly, I take the view that whatever is happening for you needs to happen and is trying to, but what is essential for leaning into this is the support to be with it. This is where our contact and the relationship we develop can help, allowing us to unearth your experience, acknowledge your hurt, turn it over therapeutically and make new emotional sense from what we find. From this emerges not only the potential for healing, but also a more meaningful, fulfilled life with the freedom to be more deeply connected with others and the community that surrounds you.

Training, qualifications & experience

EXPERIENCE

I've worked in a variety of clinical settings including national charities, local low cost therapy services and as an honorary psychotherapist within the NHS. I also have experience working within an IAPT service and so understand how difficult it can be to heal and transform in manualised treatments (CBT) that invariably leave little space for the complexity of who you are.

QUALIFICATIONS

PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton

Level 2/3 in Counselling Studies – CPTA

Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 (Trauma) – BSP UK

Embodied-Relational Therapy Diploma (Relational Body Psychotherapy) – Ongoing

I have also engaged in further experiential training: exploring community and psychotherapy at the Philadelphia Association and authentic movement (and it's relation to the brahmaviharas) at the Karuna Institute. Fundamentally my interest is located in two things: how we find our voice in the world with others and how we inhabit and express our bodies among them. The ongoing relationship here, its joys and challenges and its significance for how we live our lives sits at the core of my practice.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

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  • Therapy Rooms
  • Therapy Rooms

Fees

£50 per session with some reduced cost availability for students, the unemployed or those on low income. Check with me regarding this.

Each session will be for 50 minutes, usually weekly.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3 2DL

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

Availability

Evenings and some daytime.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults