Ben Middleton MBACP
I know how hard it can be to take that first step and contact someone when you feel you need help. So I really want to help you to find the right counsellor for you. Please take a look at my website, and if there is anything else you'd like to know, don't hesitate to get in touch. I hope to hear from you, but whoever you decide to work with, I wish you well.
I am an integrative counsellor. What that means is:
- I start with you as an individual; a whole person, not a set of problems or symptoms or someone explained by a simple theory
- I aim to get alongside you to really understand what it is you are struggling with
- I work with you to identify the best way we can work together to bring about change
- I offer a non-judgmental and safe space to explore your world.
I have experience of working with a wide range of challenges including addictions, anxiety, self confidence, low self esteem, relationship issues, family issues, trauma and depression. I also have extensive experience of working with neurodiversity.
I practice near Preston Park station in a consulting room with good access; and in the Brunswick Town area of Hove. I can offer both short and longer term counselling. For those with mobility problems, I provide home visits.
What happens in the first session?
Our first session is about finding out if I am the right therapist for you and discussing what you hope to get from our work. You will be able to ask any questions you have, we'll talk about what has brought you to therapy and I'll take you through some of the practicalities. Although we'll start thinking about the issues you are facing, there will be no obligation on your part to continue working with me after that session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy
- Transactional Analysis 101
- Addiction and substance misuse counselling.
A wide range of ongoing professional development including: Body Dialogue and Process Work; Working at Relational Depth; Psychiatric Diagnosis; Solution Focused Therapy; Trauma therapy and time-bound trauma therapy.
I have previously worked as: a counsellor for male survivors of sexual abuse; a substance misuse and addiction counsellor; a counsellor with a Brighton based disabled people's organisation; and, also a counsellor in a secondary school. For a number of years I provided training for new volunteers with a charity offering emotional support.
I am listed on the National Autistic Society (NAS) services directory.
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
Initial session £10
Some lower cost (£30) places available for trainee counsellors and the unwaged.