Kate West, MBACP (Accred) Couple & Individual Psychotherapist
Office 12, Curtis House
34, Third Avenue
The Heeler Centre
Station Approach East
I've been working with clients for over ten years in psychodynamic/integrative psychotherapy. My training and experience encompasses both couple and individual work - on either a short or long term basis and I'm able to help with a wide range of difficulties.
What is Psychotherapy?
For some problems, talking to a friend or relative may be helpful. The advantage of meeting with a trained counsellor/psychotherapist is for times when the problems are perhaps more complex, when you are seeking to explore deeper issues, when your friends/family are advising you or expressing opinions on what they think you should do making it more difficult for you to think about what your own feelings are on the matter.
As a psychotherapist I’ll provide a space for exploration and self-knowledge, enabling you to find answers and feel more in control. It can feel hard to understand and know what the right kind of counselling is for you. Whilst each approach does differ slightly, at the heart of all therapy is a relationship between the counsellor and client(s), a relationship that provides the foundation for self-exploration and change. For this reason, it’s important in choosing a counsellor that you feel comfortable with them as a person.
By way of more information on my background and the reasons I choose to work in this way: I believe in the presence and power of our unconscious thoughts and feelings and the effect they have in our day to day lives. In psychodynamic counselling I’m interested in these unconscious processes and how our past experiences (often very early years of childhood) have an effect on our current relationships and psychological well-being. The therapeutic relationship works to facilitate insight to help you know and understand yourself better and in so doing then also enabling you to feel more in control.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT differs to psychodynamic work in that it’s more problem focused and utilises a range of more practical tools, centering on specific strategies and tasks to challenge your thoughts and your behaviours. CBT is helpful for providing some more immediate tools for relief and as such it’s a particularly good model for short-term therapy. It’s important to mention that I don’t ever offer ‘pure’ CBT as I feel some exploratory work and talking therapy is always useful alongside the CBT – this is integrative therapy.
Relationship Counselling/Couples Therapy
Attending to any difficulties in our intimate relationships is extremely important. Couples do this all the time together – communicating to overcome difficulties and working through ‘safe’ conflict for effective resolution. Often though conflict arises which cannot be worked through for whatever reason, or there’s a theme to the difficulties that keeps being repeated. Couples find they are defending and attacking rather than feeling on the same team. It may be very difficult to know what the source of difficulty is let alone how to overcome it and this is where couple therapy can really help. An unhelpful partnership can lead to recurrent mental ill-health, not to mention the profound effects it can have on any children, so as much as it can be very hard to make the first step towards seeking help, many couples find it life-changing and enriching. They learn from understanding how each contributes to the creation and maintenance of their difficulties, how the patterns repeat, and it becomes possible for each to achieve deeper emotional growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified from the University of Brighton with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling. I also have a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from the Wimbledon Guild, a certificate in Relationship Counselling from the Tavistock Centre for Couples and Relationships, and I’m a trained Counsellor with ChildLine.
I’m an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists: www.bacp.co.uk) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions - this can be viewed by clicking this link (and includes detail on principles around confidentiality): http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
I’m committed to continuing my professional development and as such I regularly attend training events and workshops including:
Love and Hate: The Dynamics of Violence and Reconciliation (Brighton Therapy Partnership)
Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples (The Wimbledon Guild)
Understanding Shame and Humiliation in Couple Relationships (Centre for Emotional Development)
Attachment, Neuroscience and 21st Century Psychotherapy (Centre for Emotional Development)
Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples, ICEEFT Externship, March 2018
Please also see http://www.brightontherapycentre.org.uk
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
The first thing is for us to meet for an initial consultation - this is an opportunity for us to explore what has brought you to therapy.
Counselling can seem quite daunting to people and the relationship between counsellor and client is key to the success of the work. The initial session will provide the opportunity for us to see if we feel we can work well together. From here we’ll discuss how to progress forward and hopefully be able to book a regular weekly session. I’ll aim to provide some guidance in the initial session as to how many sessions I feel will be required, but this is also something that we’ll review as we go.
All sessions last for 50 minutes.
Maps & Directions
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