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 with Bena." E.J
"Bena has offered me the best counselling that I have ever received. She explains concepts clearly and I relate to the diagrams used visually. I very much enjoy our sessions and she has helped me so much its difficult to describe my new self." A.A
“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 and cultural backgrounds, I also hold extensive counselling experience of working with young people in various 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 for 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Abandonment, Various Anxiety Disorders, Bullying, Cultural Identity, Divorce, Jealousy, Mindfulness and Panic Attacks
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
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£50 for individual sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.
£58 for couple 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 email@example.com
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Gujarati & Hindi|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|