Jacky Adams BA(Hons), PostGradDipCounselling, MBACP
Hello and welcome to my page on the counselling directory. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to people in Lewes, Hove and Brighton.
There are many reasons why you might be considering counselling at the moment. For lots of people, going to seek help is in itself a big step. My role is to offer you a safe space in which you can feel listened to, supported and helped in moving forward in your life. Perhaps you are struggling at the moment with anxiety or depression, feeling overwhelmed and with nowhere to turn. Or perhaps you have developed some unhealthy coping mechanisms- using food as a source of comfort, numbing out on alcohol, watching hours of mindless TV.
Whatever is bothering you, I am here to help. Together we will explore what is going on for you, what is causing you difficulties in your life. By creating a safe space together, I will enable you to talk about your deepest thoughts and feelings, helping you to connect once again with your true self. Who are you right now? What do you want from life? Is there a better way of being in the world?
What I will offer you is the experience of really being listened to, of being understood and of being truly valued as a human being. You matter. Your life matters and together we can work towards you becoming the you that is more content, more fulfilled and more in charge of his or her own life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling
Post Graduate Cert in Special Needs (Behavioural problems)
Post Graduate Cert in Education (English)
Originally trained as a teacher of students with Special Needs I went on to study as a counsellor and am now offering counselling to both adults and young people. I currently work as an Honorary counsellor for the NHS service 'Afterthoughts'. This work addresses the needs of mothers either before, during or after their pregnancies. Motherhood can be a lonely, stressful experience for many women and the service aims to provide them with a warm, supportive space in which they can share some of their concerns.
Additionally I have experience of working with the national bereavement organisation Cruse and have been able to support clients as they journey through the process of grief. Grief affects us all differently but sometimes having a non-judgemental listening ear can help us get through the dark days ahead.
Some of the most common presenting issues that I see tend to cluster around the areas of anxiety and depression. These ways of being can have an enormous impact on people's lives and counselling can help people to understand more about their experience and to tap into their own ability to self-heal. My role is to stand alongside you and support you through your experiences so that you can move towards a fuller, more satisfying life.
Counselling teenagers or counselling children often involves a more creative way of work. I might choose to introduce some sand tray experiences, enabling your teenager or child to engage in symbolic work in which it may feel safer for them to express what they are feeling. Other possibilities include puppet work, use of art materials or life story experiences. I select which method I use according to the needs of the child or teenager with whom I am working. I am skilled at facilitating therapeutic relationships and my experience both as a teacher and as a mother, enable me to understand the developmental needs of young people. I have an enhanced DBS certificate which means I have no criminal convictions and can work with children and young people. Additionally I have safeguarding training in working with young people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£40 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client