....my name is Jess and I am an experienced counsellor living and working within Brighton and Hove, East Sussex. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
At times, we may all feel confused and over whelmed with emotional difficulties, as at times, I also have. Counselling offers an opportunity for you to talk and be heard, in a safe, compassionate and supportive way.
I will work with you, at your pace, in a safe and confidential space where you can explore what's going on in your life, increasing your self awareness, enabling you to connect to your thoughts and feelings.
I offer flexible appointment times and have experience of working with a wide range of people. Some of the issues people have brought have included: anxiety, depression, panic disorder, stress, identity, relationships, trauma, low self esteem, bereavement and personal development.
I work with people face to face, either short term, long term or fixed term. I believe it is important that you find the right counsellor for you, so please get in touch to book a free initial session. If it feels like we can work together, we can talk about further sessions then.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and since qualifying as a Counsellor, I have developed my own private practice in Brighton and Hove. Over the years I have worked with a range of people that have experienced a range of thoughts, feelings and emotions, which at times can be difficult to access for many different reasons.
In addition to my private practice, I also work for the charity, Survivors Network. Based in the centre of Brighton, the charity offers an essential service that aims to reduce sexual violence and it's impact on survivors' lives. As a counsellor working for the charity, I work with survivor's of childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP's ethical framework.
my approach is warm and compassionate....
I work in a way that remembers clearly the courage it takes to make that first step, so I will offer you a space where you won't be judged, but will be met with acceptance and empathy.
The type of counselling I work with is based on the Person Centred approach, this means that I believe we all have the capacity for healing and growth, despite the difficulties and obstacles that might get in the way. Together, we'll try to identify those obstacles and find a way to remove them out of your way.
a bit about my experience......
as human beings we experience a range of thoughts, feelings and emotions, which at times can be difficult to access for many different reasons. So i thought it might be helpful for you to know of some of my experience, both personally and professionally. I see lots of different people for lots of different reasons and below are a few:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Bereavement and Loss
- Sexual Violence
- Panic Attacks
- Self Harm
- Young People
- Low Self Esteem
- Addiction-alcohol, drugs, food
- Eating Disorders
- Relationship Breakdown
As well as having my own Practice in Brighton and Hove, I also work for a charity in Brighton that aims to reduce Sexual Violence and it's impact on Survivors' lives. I have undertaken a lot of specialist training in this subject, which enables me to work from a 'trauma informed' approach. I understand the importance of trust in the therapeutic relationship and providing an environment that is safe and holding, which will allow the trust to grow. Some of the symptoms I regularly work with are flashbacks, panic attacks, shame, fear, insomnia, dissociative states, physical conditions, PTSD symptoms...to mention a few. This type of work takes time, so it's really important to follow the client, working at their pace, where there are no rights and wrongs.
Being a member of the LGBTQ community, I understand how painful it can feel to face discrimination because of your sexual orientation and/or sexual identity; how isolating it can be when you look at your family and friends, but dont see yourself reflected back at you; how disappointing it feels to not see yourself represented in the media. This is why it's so important to find a counsellor that you feel comfortable with, to bring whatever issues you want to talk about. I offer a free introduction session for you to see if we're a good fit. Get in touch to book a free session in either Brighton or Hove.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
First Session is free to see how we will work together: then, £45 per counselling session