Katy Oswald MBACP, PGDip, MPhil
I am a BACP registered counsellor offering a safe and confidential space for you to talk about whatever challenges you are facing right now . When you are dealing with a distressing situation, or experiencing painful thoughts and feelings, you can feel stuck, isolated and alone.
I work by starting with two basic questions, what has happened to you and what matters to you? I adhere to the biopsychosocial model of mental distress. I believe mental distress is often caused by a loss in connection - from ourselves, from others, and from the things that matter to us.
Therefore, I will work to establish a trusting relationship with you in which we can make sense of your experiences, thoughts and feelings. We will explore and understand your relationships with yourself and others. My aim is for you to feel heard, accepted and understood. Through this, you can gain new perspectives, shift how you think and feel, and find the courage to make changes and find new connections.
Clients say I am kind, perceptive, and considerate. I will not judge you or tell you what to do. I will work to support you to make sense of what is happening, and find your own way through. I believe greater self-awareness brings change.
I am a humanistic counsellor, which means I work collaboratively and at your pace. I draw on existential, Gestalt, Jungian and feminist ideas in my work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor, with a PGDip in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton. In addition to my private practice, I work in the voluntary sector as a counsellor for As You Are, a low-cost counselling charity in Southwick. For 11 years I have been a teacher and researcher at the University of Sussex, and I bring my knowledge of how society influences us to my therapy work. I also teach reflective practice to professionals in the caring and humanitarian sectors and I facilitate workshops in and around Brighton.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Finding a counsellor you feel comfotable with is really important. Therefore, I offer an initial appointment so we can get to know one another and decide if we want to work together. This costs £10 to cover the cost of the room. In this session we can discuss what you want from counselling, and you can get a feel for how I work and decide if that is right for you. You are under no obligation to continue, however, if we do decide to continue working together, regular appointments are 50 minutes and cost £45.
I believe counselling should be accessible to all, therefore I offer a limited number of concessional rates of £35 for students and people on low incomes.
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Evening and daytime appoitments available.
Types of client