Debbie Lewis UKCP, BPC.
Are you struggling to cope with loss, sadness, anxiety, depression, loneliness, lack of meaning, frustration or anger, or maybe agonising over relationship difficulties or making a difficult decision about something? Painful emotions can affect all of us at some time or other, perhaps triggered by life events that have left us feeling disempowered, low on resources and lacking in hope for the future. If any of this strikes a chord, then perhaps this is time for you to put your needs first and consider talking to someone that is professionally trained to listen and help you navigate a way through the confusion.
I decided to retrain as a psychotherapist after many years working in the media, editing magazines for major brands such as IKEA. It was my own personal experience of going to therapy and the dramatically positive impact it had on my life, especially in terms of having a better understanding of myself and improving my relationships with others, that influenced my decision to change career. I now have many years experience as a psychotherapist and have worked within the charity sector, the NHS and in private practice.
Deciding to see a therapist can seem like a big step and you may have heard all sorts of things both positive and negative about what therapy is or isn’t. I am committed to 'demystifying' the therapeutic process. For me looking after our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical wellbeing. At its heart, therapy is about entering a safe space where you are free to talk to someone about whatever it is that is causing you distress or confusion. This process can lead to a life of enhanced possibilities and an increased sense of freedom. I believe it is the relationship between therapist and client that is central to bringing about these changes. Whatever it is that brings you to therapy I can assure you of a supportive and non-judgemental approach.
It's quite usual to be uncertain about whether or not to see a therapist and arranging an initial meeting is always a good way to further explore what you would like to achieve from counselling or therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have undergone two rigorous trainings at Regent's College and the Anna Freud Centre, which have resulted in registration with two of the UK's most well-respected professional registration bodies: the UKCP and the BPC.
I have worked with clients aged 17-70 and have experience of a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, parenting, loss and bereavement, physical and emotional abuse, sexual issues, betrayal, spirituality, lack of fulfilment, low self-esteem, difficulties in the work place, OCD, addiction and trauma.
My approach tends to be psychodynamic, so I am interested in looking at the links between our past and present experiences and relationships and on better understanding our unconscious processes. Based on experience, I believe that understanding the impact of the past can lead to greater self knowledge and increased hope regarding the future. As an integrative therapist I also have a working knowledge of other models including CBT and Mindfulness and use all of my training and understanding of different therapeutic approaches and ideas to work with each and every one of my clients on an individual basis.
I offer both short term and open-ended counselling and psychotherapy. I have found counselling can be useful if, in general, you cope quite well with life but are struggling with a specific problem perhaps related to a career choice or relationship issue. Psychotherapy tends to be a more long-term way of working when issues are likely to be more long-standing.
Whatever you bring to our sessions I am committed to offering a confidential space where we can face any challenges, however painful or difficult, together.
I am also qualified as a DIT (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) therapist. This is a short-term model of 16 sessions which focuses on a better understanding of relational patterns as a way of reducing depression and anxiety. DIT is IAPT approved and is one of the talking therapies offered within the NHS.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience and a specific interest in working with:
* Infertility and parenting
* Relationship issues
* Anxiety and depression
While I have a standard fee, I am at times able to offer a concessionary rate, depending on individual circumstances. To discuss fees please email me in the first instance at email@example.com
Daytime and evenings, from Monday to Friday.
My discreet and comfortable consulting room is in a residential area, just a very short walk away from Brighton mainline station.
For further information please visit my website: debbie-louise-lewis-psychotherapy-brighton.com