Joanne Lawton PG Dip MBACP (Accred)

Joanne Lawton PG Dip MBACP (Accred)

East Sussex

01273 561884 / 07554537973

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About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor working in central Brighton.

It can be difficult to express our innermost feelings with family and friends, leading to a sense of being ‘stuck’ or on our own. I have the skills to help you disentangle complex feelings, leading to a better sense of emotional balance.

People come to counselling for many different reasons. You may feel that life is an ongoing struggle from which you have never quite gained a sense of wellbeing. Maybe a single event has brought you to a crises point.

My aim in the counselling relationship is help you to make sense of your living experience and to empower you to feel more integrated as a result. Ultimately, I believe that if we are mindful of our feelings, we are able to shift from a destructive way of being to something that is more creative.

I work in a psychodynamic way, which focuses on the underlying and sometimes unconscious causes of our distress. Conflicting emotions may often be rooted in previous experiences. I aim to provide a safe and mindful place, which will allow you to explore painful/difficult feelings and believe that with me you may discover a new awareness of self.

I am also a trained experienced CBT therapist which can be particularly useful in working with compulsions, anxiety, low self esteem, eating disorders and intrusive thoughts.

Training, qualifications & experience

- 20 years experience working with people experiencing a crises in mental heath, support and management of mental health services.

- 6 years experience one to one counselling with people over a focused period of around 8-12 weeks or where more suitable, longer term therapy.

- Alongside my private practice, I work at the Rock Clinic in Brighton. This is a charitable organization offering affordable therapies to the Brighton community; this work is mainly longer-term counselling.

-2 years working as a CBT therapist at Sussex University Counselling Service providing focused therapy


- PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling

- MBACP (Accred)(Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


I offer an initial consultation to talk though how you may be helped by counselling and allow you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you. For this I charge £20.

Consultation charges are £45 per session with concessions.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.