Emily Cook MBACP, PGDip
How I work-
To put it simply, I listen. Really listen and hear you and reflect my experience of listening to you. There are lots of reasons for coming to see a counsellor or psychotherapist. Every client is different, so I aim to adapt the way I work to each client. The thing that doesn’t change is creating a space which facilitates listening and really being heard and held. My approach is based upon exploring how you are experiencing a problem and further exploring this together, particularly focusing on emotions. Sometimes I will use metaphor to explore difficult emotions safely.
What areas I specialise in-
I have a particular interest in working with clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression following a traumatic event in someones life. In particular I have an interest in exploring the link between mind and body, within which I aim to help the expression of the physical elements of anxiety and depression, which can be difficult to find the right words for
My further training and experience has given me a wide insight into varying complex mental health issues and diagnoses such as PTSD, anxiety disorders, personality disorders plus many more.
Initial meeting appointment-
Before agreeing to work together, we can meet together, so we can discuss what brings you to therapy and what you’d like to achieve, which lasts for approximately 30 minutes. It is also a chance for you to ask me some questions. This gives us both an opportunity to see if we work well together. There is no obligation to continue coming after this appointment. Choosing a therapist is a big decision, as the research suggests that the most important factor in counselling or psychotherapy being affective is the relationship between client and therapist.
What to expect from me- Counselling works best when we work together. You can expect me to listen and together we can further explore what has brought you to counselling. My aim is to explore the meaning you make from your concerns. I believe that although we cannot change what happened in the past, we can explore the meaning you are making of that today.
Counselling is most beneficial when we see each other on a weekly basis, so therefore I would ask for a commitment from you to attend for weekly sessions. I offer both long and short term therapy- this varies on a case by case basis. I would suggest that we start off by working together for a minimum of 8 sessions. Alternatively I offer "open ended" therapy. Endings are very important within counselling, so I would expect us to work towards ending.
Getting in touch-
You can get in contact with me by phone, text or e-mail. I will aim to respond within 24 hours. I welcome having a short chat on the phone if you have worries about coming along to counselling.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can call or text me on: 07951035411 or click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with a wide range of clients which has given me a varied listening experience both within private practice and in an organisational setting. I work within a council funded organisation as an experienced counsellor, which includes assessing clients. Within this role, I have worked in a group setting as a co-facilitator, specialising in drug and alcohol issues.
Training and qualifications
Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling- University of Brighton (BACP accredited course). This masters level course covered modules in human growth and development, ethical practice, research methods, critical perspectives, applied clinical practice.
Currently studying Master of Science in Psychotherapy- University of Brighton (UKCP accredited course). I am a final year student and am in the process of completing research into the relational impact of caring for a person with dementia.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- 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 attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic pain, pain management, living bereavement, dementia (carers), suicide bereavement, psychosomatic issues
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Initial meeting £30 (30 mins)
On going appointments: £50 per session (50 mins)- a discount is available for students and those on a low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Hove only The room is on the ground floor. There are no steps up to the entrance of the property. However there is a small ridge on the threshold of the front door. A manual wheelchair would be ok. There is a toilet but it is not wheelchair accessible.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday I can offer evening and daytime appointments
Types of client