Darren Flint, MA, Dip. Couns., MBACP (Reg.)
Hello, I’m Darren. I'm a Counsellor/Psychotherapist experienced in many areas, including:
Stress, anxiety, panic and phobias, family and relationship issues, sadness and depression.
I offer concessions, face-to-face and telephone/online sessions.
Whether or not you've had counselling before, it can be daunting trying to choose a therapist to work with, and then taking those first steps to meet your new therapist.
I want to help make the process as easy as possible for you. That's why I offer a free informal consultation, which can happen over the phone, to help you decide if you'd like to work with me.
We can then begin face-to-face sessions at my practice in central Hove, as often and for as long as you like (most people come for an hour of therapy per week, for as long as feels right to them). Our sessions can be open-ended, or limited in number if that's what you prefer.
There are other options for you if my clinic in Hove isn't convenient. I can offer locations elsewhere in the city (and across East and Mid Sussex) for people who are seeking regular, long-term therapy. Sometimes I travel to people's homes or other locations, if that feels right for them. I can also offer telephone sessions and online sessions if you live further away, if you have accessibility needs, or if you travel away often (for example). All these options are flexible.
Whichever way we work together, the relationship we build will be an important bedrock for the therapy. I hope that you'll find me to be warm, engaged, and genuinely committed to finding solutions that are helpful to you.
I will always aim to:
- Respect your wishes and work in a way that most suits you
- Respect your privacy (confidentiality) at all times
- Work safely and professionally
In my experience, most people come to counselling holding an intention – a hope – for what they want to achieve through therapy.
Sometimes this is very clear. Sometimes it is a vague feeling.
The first step in counselling, can be to help understand what it is you wish to achieve.
What are your 'counselling intentions?'
What change do you want to bring about for yourself?
That's a conversation I'd love to have with you...
Areas of counselling that I'm experienced in include:
- Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Relationship issues (including affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce)
- Family issues (including difficulties with relatives, children and parents)
- Panic, panic attacks and Panic Disorder
- Depression and feelings of sadness (including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and 'Winter Blues')
- Fear and Phobias
- Trauma and Abuse, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self-image and low self-confidence / low self-esteem
- Body image (including Dysmorphia / Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Gender Dysphoria)
- Eating Disorders (including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder), with awareness of eating disorders in men
- Suicide, suicidal thinking and self-harm / self-injury (cutting etc.)
- Drugs and alcohol / alcoholism, substance abuse / substance misuse and addiction
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans / Transgender and Queer (LGBT/LGBTQ) Affirmative Practice
- Gender, Sexuality and Relationships Diversity (GSRD) including kink, poly / polyamory, BDSM etc.
- Autism / High-functioning Autism (HFA), Asperger Syndrome (AS) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
- Teenagers and young people (including bullying, peer pressure, life goals, internet addiction, behaviour problems)
- Loneliness and isolation (including their impact on older people and disabled people)
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Cult. Stud.), Dip. Int. Hum. Couns. (Accred.), MBACP (reg.)
I am proud to have gained my professional Counselling qualifications through the Wealden Institute’s renowned Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling. This is a high-level (level 7) BACP-Accredited course, with an excellent reputation for the quality of its graduates.
My core models of counselling are Roger's Person-Centred Counselling, Gestalt therapy and Transactional Analysis (TA). I also draw on the work of Egan, Erikson, Clarkson and Bowlby (amongst others). My training places emphasis on the strength of the relationship - the 'working alliance' - between counsellor and client. It is Integrative and Humanistic.
'Humanistic' means I that I value your unique human potential, putting your own needs at the heart of the therapy we do. 'Integrative' means that I am trained in a range of complimentary techniques, and can draw on these to best meet your own particular circumstances.
I also hold an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College (University of London), where I read subjects including Gender Studies, Existentialism and classical Psychoanalysis.
I have gained my counselling experience in a range of settings, working with a broad range of clients from diverse backgrounds.
I have worked with an internationally recognized charity, providing specialist counselling for children and young people under contract to the NHS.
I also trained in placement with two different organizations that work with LGBTQ mental health and wellbeing.
I have a background in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's) in education.
Alongside my private practice I currently work as Counselling Administrator for a busy charity. I also volunteer providing therapy to clients who could not otherwise access counselling.
I have professional experience and/or additional training (CPD) in the following areas:
- Suicide awareness and prevention
- Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Trans mental health and wellbeing
- Children and young people
- Cultural Awareness (Race, Ethnicity and 'cultural competency')
- Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
- Telephone and Online counselling
- Privacy and data protection
- Safeguarding issues
- Hearing Voices (auditory hallucination)
- Working safely with clients who've experienced trauma and abuse
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and 'winter blues'
- Eating Disorders, including eating disorders in men
- Animal-Assisted Therapy
- TA-101 (Transactional Analysis)
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), the leading professional body for counsellors in the UK. My being a member of the Register means that you can be sure I work to the highest standards of training, supervision and professional diligence.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- 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)
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Jungian therapy
- Other therapies
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Standard fee is £40 per counselling session (50mins).
Concessions are £30 (negotiable) per counselling session (50mins), subject to availability. I aim to offer at least one regular Concession rate at any time, to clients on a low income. Students are welcome to enquire.
I can offer you a free informal consultation, which can help you decide whether to work with me. This consultation can happen in person, or over the phone.
If you decide to work with me I will need to conduct an assessment (completing paperwork with you), which I do charge for at my standard or concessionary rate. This is to check that it is safe, ethical and appropriate to work together.
Sessions are usually weekly for one counselling hour (50mins), but this can vary. I accept referrals for both short-term and long-term work, depending on your need.
For more information about fees and the kind of sessions I offer, please see: www.counsellingintentions.co.uk/sessions
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Parlo italiano. Je parle français.|
I offer my main practice at the Wilbury Clinic in central Hove, with sessions throughout the week. I can offer select sessions at other locations in the city, for regular long-term clients.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|