Bena Armitage Counselling & Psychotherapy (Adults, Children & Families)
Welcome to my page. I am a warm, approachable and caring therapist offering you safe, confidential and non-judgmental Counselling and Psychotherapy support. I work with adults, couples, families, children and young people, and also with individuals with acquired brain injury, their carers and family members. Please ring 07976 820788 for a free telephone consultation.
I am of Indian origin and have grown up in the UK most of my life, so English is predominantly my main language. With a UK education and having an English partner, I have experienced various challenges between the values of my own heritage, and those I have grown up with in the British Society. I would therefore take a very considered and empathetic approach in understanding you as a human being, and will fully embrace and respect you at all times, regardless of your background. With my role as a therapist, and the counselling and psychotherapy work that I would carry out with you, my approach at all times will be to empower you to make your own decisions, and to also support you in making choices that would lead you to living a more happier, positive and fulfilling life; one that focuses on your wellness, success and having closer relationship with others.
From time to time everyone faces challenges in life and we all need some support. Reaching out, is the first step to making changes.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are medically recognised as being highly effective processes for improving mental well-being and enhancing personal growth. You have the option of making those changes and to be the person you want to be.
I offer short and long term face-to-face therapy in my private practice. I also offer online and telephone support for clients who are unable to make face-to-face visits.
Although my main practice is based in East Sussex near Uckfield, Crowborough and Forest Row, I am only 20 minutes drive from Crawley and Haywards Heath in West Sussex.
What the Clients say:
"I had no idea what to expect, but from the first session, Bena put me at ease. Throughout my journey she was nothing but encouraging, warm, accepting and absolutely professional. One of the best things about each time I met with Bena is that I could turn up exactly as I was- having had a good week, a bad week, happy or sad, with laughter or with tears- and she would meet me where I was at, and help me navigate the maze of emotions to be able to move forward." Claire
"Before I came to see you Bena, I didn't think I would ever feel happy again. I can honestly say that I now feel the best I have ever felt, and that has largely been down to working with you. I can't thank you enough for all the help and support you have given me these past few months." A.P.
"Since coming to Counselling with Bena, my life has been getting better and better and I truly feel happy again!!! I now have more ideas and opportunities to look forward to, and a much better quality of life. Thank you for everything." Dominic.
"Bena has provided me with an incredible online therapy support for the past few months. She has helped me look at things from a different perspective, and really improved my relationships and trust in others. I am now a lot happier and less anxious than when I first began working with Bena." E.J
"Initially I was anxious of having therapy but was encouraged to see Bena by a friend. Having now finished working with her, she has exceeded every expectation I ever had. Bena is one of the kindest women I have ever met. She has offered me a safe space in which to be vulnerable, angry and upset and I felt she truly cared for my feelings on a human level, not just as a therapist. My sessions with her have impacted on my life in a way I cannot begin to put into words." J.T
“Bena, thank you so much for your continual support which has allowed me to be happier and see the world in a different light, as well as for being so accepting of who I am, and supporting me during the hardest times of my life." A-Level Student
Training, qualifications & experience
I have graduated with a Diploma in Transactional Analysis (TA) Practice and have completed four years of Advanced Clinical Training in TA Psychotherapy. I also have a Foundation Certificate in TA and a Certificate in Counselling Skills. Additionally, I am in advanced training to be a Certified Transactional Analyst and am also a registered member of the BACP.
As well as working in my private practice in East Sussex, supporting clients of various age groups, I also hold extensive counselling experience of working with young people in secondary schools. Additionally, I have several years of experience providing psychotherapy service to clients with a range of brain and head injuries, as well as working with their families and carers.
I have undertaken additional specialist training, including Safeguarding Children and Young People, Attachment Disorder, Self-Harm, Trauma and Recovery, Anxiety, Substance Misuse, Personality Adaptation, and understanding individuals with acquired brain injuries and its effect on their families and caregivers. I am also proud to be a member of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) Diversity and Social Responsibility Committee.
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.
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Abandonment, Various Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks, Bullying, Cultural Identity, Divorce, Jealousy, Infidelity and Mindfulness.
£52 for individual sessions; lasting up to 50 minutes.
£60 for couples and family sessions; lasting up to 70 minutes
Currently I have one day-time space available for individuals on very low income.
For a free telephone consultation, please contact 07976 820788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concessions offered for
Other useful information
The ethical codes of practice that underpin my professional work is governed by UKATA (United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis), the BACP and EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis). My work is regularly supervised by a qualified and UKCP registered Supervisor.
My psychotherapy modality is Integrative TA and I use a humanistic tradition in the work that I do with all my clients. Hence my approach is ‘I am okay, you are okay’ and that we are both equal, deserve each other’s respect and accept each other as human beings, regardless of our age, gender, race, sexuality, culture and ethnicity.
English is the language I use when working with my clients, however I can also speak Gujarati if there are individuals who would prefer to communicate in Gujarati.