Gary Evident BA, MSc MBACP (accred)
Hello, my name is Gary Evident and I am a qualified, experienced and accredited counsellor and have been working in Brighton and Hove at the Rock Clinic and in private practice since 2004. Many of the people I have worked with have come for counselling after struggling to cope emotionally on their own. They have said often that what had stopped them coming earlier were feelings of embarrassment and fear that they would be judged if they were to admit that all is not well.
It takes courage to walk through a counsellor's door and speak of troubling and personal issues to a perfect stranger. However, we often need to step away from the everyday and speak to someone outside of our immediate circle. This can be a difficult process for many people, yet my experience is that most people feel a great sense of relief once they are able to express themselves and find a way forward.
My approach to counselling is to offer you a safe and confidential space, and an opportunity to slow down and sit with something that is felt strongly but may be confusing and not yet fully understood. You do not have to be in crisis or have a mental health problem to have counselling, and may just need some time and space to find the felt focus of what is bothering you, and what you want to change. Such feelings may centre around anxiety and depression, or a particular issue with a relationship, whether past or present.
Whilst I use a use a range of therapeutic theories and wisdoms as part of my counselling approach, I work in a integrative way which means focussing on what is important to you. Whilst there may be factors from the past that will be important for you to talk about, I seek to help you to understand and focus on your current everyday experience in making sense of the world and your place in it.
Research suggests that a key factor in helping people in counselling is the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client. It will be crucial that you feel able to trust and relax with me in order to share your difficulties and your joys. Our work together may involve exploring the influence of early experiences and how that impacts on current intimate relationships. It may also be helpful to identify negative thoughts we hold about ourselves and the world. In my experience, what is frequently the key is to understand how the different aspects of our life interact on how we feel day-to-day.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am originally from London and have lived, studied and worked in Essex, Manchester, Oxford and now Brighton and Hove. Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked extensively in the social care sector and in the criminal justice system in a variety of posts and settings thoughtout Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Much of that work has involved boundaried and therapeutic work helping people with alcohol and drug problems, complex emotional and mental health difficulties, including those who have self-harmed and been actively suicidal.
I qualified as a counsellor from Brighton University in 2004, and have been accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) , the largest regulating body for counsellors in the United Kingdom, since 2009. Accreditation requires that I undertake extensive and regular continuing professional development, and I have completed a range of post-qualifying courses in Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural, Solution Focussed and Psychodynamic therapy. My practice is also increasingly influenced by mindfulness psychology and body focussing approaches that emphasis our day-to-day felt experience. I have regular supervision by a BACP accredited Supervisor who provides oversight of all my work with clients, and helps me maintain high professional standards.
I have personally benefitted from individual counselling, both short and long-term, on several occasions in my life. I feel that such experience is fundamental to how I am as a person, and how I work therapeutically with counselling clients.
I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Brighton University and have been accredited with BACP since 2009. I also hold B.A. (Philosophy and Politics) and Msc. (Applied Social Studies) degrees from Manchester and Oxford University respectively. I am a qualified Social Worker, having obtained my Certificate of Qualification in Social Work in 1991.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I offer an initial session for £ 15. This is a chance for us to meet and for you to tell me more about what may be troubling you. It is also a chance for you to ask me about my about my counselling approach, qualifications and experience to get a feel if that fits for you. There is no commitment beyond that initial meeting, and you can decide on the next step from there.
For subsequent meetings, I offer a sliding scale of £45 - £65 per 50 minute session. I trust you to choose a fee you feel you can afford within that scale, to reflect your income and ability to pay. The fee will be agreed at our first session. I may be able to offer a limited amount of counselling sessions at a lower price for those on a low income or benefits, although that will depend on availability.
Fees are payable in cash at the end of the session, or on line by BACs payment, no more that 24 hours after each session. Fees for individual counselling sessions are held for a minimum of 12 months from the date of our first meeting. I will give you four weeks notice of any fee increase.
Counselling with me involves a weekly commitment at the same time and on the same day each week. With this in mind, it is important that you are able to accommodate and prioritise your counselling sessions in your weekly diary.
I have some flexibility to accommodate you at other times in the week depending on available space, although that would usually be an exception. Such needs could be discussed at our initial meeting and , as best possible, planned for.
Cancellations at less than than a week's notice, or missed sessions without notice, are ordinarily charged at the full fee for the missed session. This is to reflect the fact that I hold and commit that time and space to you, which cannot be offered to another client.
Planned holiday and other commitments can be accommodated within our weekly schedule, although I ask for at least a week's notice. Frequent cancellations affect the nature and effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship and the benefits that you are likely to get from counselling. If that occurred, we would need to review our time and work together, and possibly draw it to a close.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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