Heather May. BACP Reg. Dip Couples Therapy.Dip Supervision with Soul
I am an integrative and relational counsellor working near the Fiveways area of Brighton. I am also a qualified couple therapist and clinical supervisor. I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and you are likely to find me an approachable and soulful human being. I welcome each person as an individual and encourage you to determine the way and the pace at which we work.
We can all have times in our lives when we need support to face current difficulties, or to talk though issues from the past. Deciding to start counselling can be a really courageous commitment, and can also be one of the most generous gifts we give ourselves.
Working with the right counsellor can enable us to face those aspects of ourselves that we might have feared, or which have perhaps caused us profound unhappiness in our lives and exploring such feelings in a safe and non-judgemental space can help us develop more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
If you would like to book an initial session to get a sense of what you might feel like working with me, please do get in touch. I will do everything I can to put you at ease.
Within the past fifteen years I have supported people who have worked on a wide range of issues. These have included;
• Low self esteem
• Identity issues
• Relationship issues, sexuality, intimacy
• Abuse, trauma
• Loss, bereavement, dying, suicide
• Work related issues
• Loss of meaning or direction
• LGBTQ issues
Crisis in relationships can often leave partners feeling stuck or powerless to find a way though what can often feel like chaos.
In times of stress and conflict in our relationships we can easily find ourselves revisiting the same conflicts or experiencing the same patterns of what happens in our arguments, and in our culture where there is less wider community support for relationships and more emphasis on the nuclear family, relationships and what is expected of them can come under enormous strain.
Often the conflict that erupts with what can feel like extraordinary pain, and which may touch into feelings such as an acute longing to be heard and understood by the other becomes a power struggle, and this struggle can feel impossible to bear.
In embarking on couples therapy and by trusting that their relationship can be held in a safe containing space, couples can begin to explore the depth of feelings and responses that may have given rise to such painful conflict and can begin to explore some empathic understanding.
It is important to explore the patterns and to find ways of coping from day to day when the struggle feels overwhelming, but it is invariably by taking time to paradoxically go deeper into the feelings that the relationship can emerge into a new and much more fulfilling place.
Please do call me if you and your partner are interested in an initial session of couple therapy.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Open University)
Tavistock Certificate in Applied Systemic theory.
PG DIP Person Centred Counselling (University of Brighton)
Advanced Certificate in Couple Counselling (Time2 Relate)
Diploma in Couple Therapy using the Arts (Time2Relate)
Diploma in Supervision with Soul (Re-Vision)
I am a registered member of BACP, and as well as working in my established private practice, I have worked at Brighton Women's centre and for some years at Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard’s counselling service. I am a clinical supervisor for Mindout and for Cruse.
I have extensive experience of working with people who feel alienated and marginalised in our society including working with people who identify as LGBTQI .
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual sessions are £50 for 50 minute sessions
All couple sessions are £75 for 60 minute sessions
Introductory meeting with individuals £20 for 30 mins
Concessionary places for individuals are also sometimes available. Please do ask about lower cost sessions.
Daytime availability and some weekday evenings.