Fiona Whiteman PGDip Counselling Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred)
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, qualified at postgraduate level. I offer a safe, supportive space to explore troubling thoughts and feelings and to discover new ways to cope with, or change, what is distressing or unsatisfying in your life.
People come to counselling for many reasons. For some, sadness, anxiety or self-doubt can suddenly seem to well up out of nowhere. For others, they may feel like a familiar and unwelcome companion. Perhaps a relationship has become difficult – perhaps it always has been. Someone close leaves or dies. Feelings of loss, fear, guilt or shame leave us wounded and overwhelmed. Situations at home or work change and it’s hard to adjust.
Sometimes life just rushes by and who we are, and what we want, gets lost along the way.
I believe that gaining a better understanding of ourselves, with all our vulnerabilities and strengths, can help us make choices that serve us better and strengthen our ability to meet life's challenges. I work alongside my clients to find a way through their current concerns that is helpful to them now and that they can draw on in the future.
My core training is psychodynamic – I believe that having an awareness of where our present behaviour has been unconsciously influenced by past experiences frees up more choices and helps us to avoid repeating patterns of behaviour that end up causing us pain.
I also integrate techniques from post-qualification workshops and training in, for example, trauma, CBT and creative interventions where I think these will be helpful to you and to our work together.
I work both long and short-term on a one-to-one basis with a diverse range of adults of all ages. As well as offering more general counselling, I am experienced in working with issues relating to abuse; anxiety; bereavement; depression; identity; loss; personal development; family, friend and partner relationships; self esteem; and stress.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Certificate in CBT Skills
- UKATA Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA101)
- DBS Enhanced Certificate
I am a registered and senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and practise under their code of ethics. I am also a member of Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy (SCAP). Alongside my private practice I work at the Rock Clinic in Brighton.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation: £45. This 50-minute assessment session provides an opportunity for us to ensure that my approach is best suited to your needs and to see whether you would feel comfortable working with me. You may wish to take some time after the session to think about whether this feels right for you - there is no obligation to return.
Ongoing individual therapy: £45 per weekly 50-minute session. Concessions/lower waged: £40 (limited availability).
I see clients at comfortable private consulting rooms in Clermont Road next to Preston Park railway station and also at the Rock Clinic (Eastern Road and Western Street sites) in Brighton.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Fri daytime; some early evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|