Dr Clarissa Bartlett Counselling Psychologist (DCPsych)
I am a UKCP and HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist (Reg No. PYL31856). Over the past 10 years, I have experience of working in primary and secondary mental health care, as well as inpatient services. Currently, I work for Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust providing psychological therapy for patients with long-term health conditions, and practice privately in the Brighton and Hove area.
I value honesty, integrity, equality, self-respect, compassion and genuine relationships. While no one has all the answers, we can work together to find solutions and help you build personal resilience and effective coping strategies.
I offer an integrative approach to counselling, meaning that I draw on more than one type of therapy and tailor it to your needs and concerns. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and relational psychodynamic therapy. Above all, I place importance on the quality of the therapeutic relationship and always endeavour to work in a safe, non-judgemental and empathic way.
On a more personal note, I was born in Burma (Myanmar) and moved to the U.K. when I was a young child. Growing up in two cultures has given me an appreciation of people from different backgrounds and identities, understand the challenges this can pose and helps me bring a grounded and practical approach to therapy.
I offer individual therapy on an open-ended basis or for an agreed period of time.
I am experienced in helping clients who are struggling with a wide range of issues such as:
Work related stress
My counselling practice is within easy reach of Hove Station and Central Brighton. Feel free to call me for an initial chat on 07414 132700. Sometimes it is useful for someone to hear my voice to form a first impression. Otherwise you can always drop me an email!
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (DCPsych)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (ClinDip)
- Applied Psychology (BSc Honours)
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- STEPPS Programme Group Facilitator (for Borderline Personality Disorder/Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder)
- Trauma Centre (USA) Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Workshop (Alexandra Cat, London)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The fee for a session is £70 (I also reserve a few spaces at a lower fee for students/trainees and those who are on lower incomes).
For therapy sessions funded by private health insurance, please contact your insurer beforehand to arrange authorisation of your sessions. I am a recognised practitioner with Aviva, Vitality Health and AXA-PP.
What happens in the first session?
In the initial consultation, we will discuss your concerns and reasons for seeking therapy. This usually involves asking questions about your background and assessing your needs, as well as what you would like to achieve in therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to see if I am the right therapist for you, to ask any questions and voice particular concerns. You are under no obligation to commit to working with me after the first meeting if you feel that I am not right for you.
How many sessions to I need?
If you decide to pursue therapy, a session usually takes place once a week but no fixed number of sessions is required. It depends on your personal needs and circumstances and what you want out of therapy. This can be discussed and negotiated with me in the initial session and reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Where does therapy take place?
Therapy rooms are located within walking distance of the seafront and easily accessible by public transport.
Brighton Therapy Practice, 9a Princes Street, Brighton, BN2 1RD
Hove Therapy Rooms, 69 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BB
Lansdowne Place Therapy Rooms, Lower Ground, 60 Lansdowne Place, Hove, BN3 1FG