Katie McDonell BSc (Hons), PGDip, MSc, MBACP
I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and a registered member of counselling regulatory organisations BACP and UPCA. I work with individuals, face to face, from comfortable offices in Brighton and Hove.
About my professional approach.
As a humanistic Psychotherapist, I will work alongside you as a professional guide to you as the expert of your own experiencing. I can incorporate relaxation, mindfulness, CBT, gestalt models into the work, which are tailored to the needs of each unique client, so I may make suggestions or invite you to try different approaches that could be beneficial, however it is always your process that is central to the work, and as such we work together in collaboration. It is not my job to give advice, answers, or solutions but to actively listen and support you in making choices.
The humanistic-existential approach focuses on each individual persons’ unique lived experience of their worlds. With an emphasis on our capacity to find meaning in our own lives, an existential phenomenological approach supports you in developing a greater awareness about the processes you go through when approaching issues in living, so as to become more aware of your own unique and real, values, beliefs, and meaning systems, developing a more healthy and harmonious sense of self.
About my experience.
Alongside by private practice I also work as a Psychotherapist with Horsham and Crawley Counselling Group (https://www.hccounselling.org.uk/).
My working background has been working in a social care capacity with people from the young to the elderly. I have accumulated a wealth of professional, practical, legal, ethical and personal experience which I bring to my practice.
My background as a counsellor has been within an onsite Psychotherapy team supporting NHS staff. Encountering a wide-ranging issues including LGBT+, cross-cultural issues, childhood trauma, traumatic workplace incidents, burn out, anxiety, bereavement, family dysfunction, stress, and depression. I work collaboratively with each client’s needs, expectations and goals throughout the process.
What to expect when making contact.
I offer face to face, 1.1 sessions in Brighton and Hove locations. The sessions are 50 mins long, and take place (as a minimum weekly), to support therapeutic progress.
On making contact via email or telephone, please feel free to leave me a message stating your name, contact details, and indicate a good times to ring (free from interruptions) I will contact you back within 48 hours to arrange a free 15 minute telephone assessment. If you are happy to proceed we can then set an appointment time. The contacts I have give are used by myself only, and to preserve your confidentiality I will never speak to you in a place we could be overheard.
I can offer appointments Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 11am -7pm, and Wednesdays 1pm -7pm.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Psychotherapy
- PGDip Humanistic Psychotheraputic Counselling
- BSc (hons) Psychology
- Dip REBT/CBT
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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£45 for a 50 minute session. Payable in advance via BACS or by cash on the day of the appointment..
I work across Brighton and Hove locations I use the comfortable offices at Hove Therapy Rooms for the initial assessment session. These rooms are located near all the main public transport links in Brighton.
Lansdowne Place Therapy Rooms
60 Lansdowne Place
Hove Therapy Rooms
69 Church Road
Brighton Therapy Practice
9a Princes Street
After this I often work from my home in a large airy room which is soundproofed and designed for this purpose only. My home is near Falmer, which is easily accessible from the A27. This is very convenient for Lewes, Ditchling, Clayton and Hassocks as there is no need to enter the busy Brighton traffic! Public transport from Brighton; use the # 26 or #24 buses. I will give you full directions when we make contact.
My home location has unmetered parking available. Although it can become slightly busy during the local schools pick up times, and I cannot guarantee a space directly outside, it will only be a short walk to the distinctive blue house called Zora Place.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11am - 7pm Wednesdays; 1pm-7pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|