Luz (Maria) Villarrubia

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RMBACP, BSs Senior Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor
Available for new clients
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Brighton BN1 & Brighton & Hove BN41
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am an integrative therapist and clinical supervisor with over 12 years of experience. My focus is on creating a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their inner experiences and make meaningful progress in their personal growth and development. My style is professional, warm, and straightforward.

I completed my counselling training at the Gestalt Centre in London, and I hold a degree in cultural anthropology from Goldsmith College. This degree has given me a strong understanding of the complexities of cultural identity and how it can impact individuals' experiences and challenges. 

Gestalt therapy can be particularly helpful for those dealing with anxiety, life transitions, relationship difficulties, low mood, compulsive behavior, trauma, etc.  This type of therapy emphasises the importance of being fully present in the here and now, and helps individuals become more self-aware. It focuses on an individual's present experience, helping them to better understand and integrate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

As a therapist, my background in cultural anthropology allows me to have a more nuanced understanding of the complex ways in which cultural identity (including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, background, age, etc) can shape individuals' experiences and challenges. This knowledge enables me to work more effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds, and to tailor my therapeutic approach to their unique needs and experiences.

I have extensive experience working with individuals from all walks of life using gestalt therapy. I welcome people from the LGBTIQA+ community and I work from an LGBTIQA+ Affirmative perspective. I offer online therapy sessions and am proficient in both English and Spanish.

Training, qualifications & experience


I'm a counsellor and clinical supervisor with a diverse background in international research management and cultural anthropology. I've been working in the field for over 12 years and have had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations, including the Terrence Higgins Trust in Brighton, the City and Hackney Alcohol Services (CHAS) in London, and Step Forward. In my work, I've provided both one-on-one counselling and group facilitation to young LGBTIQA+ individuals. I currently see clients at the THT in Brighton as the senior counsellor and from my central Brighton practice, as well as through video conference. 


  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision at The Awareness Centre, London
  • Diploma in Gestalt Counselling (BACP Acc) at The Gestalt Centre, London
  • Certificate in Humanistic Counselling at The Gestalt Centre, London.
  • Single Hons (BSc) in Cultural Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Additional Training:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trans Awareness
  • BDSM & Kink
  • Alcohol/substance misuse Counselling
  • Working with men who use drugs to have sex (chem-sex)
  • Digital Shifts in MSM sexual Cultures and HIV Prevention
  • Working with Young people

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

12 Step Recovery Model
Living with HIV
LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy
Cultural integration, adapting to a new culture.
Life transitions.
Counselling in Spanish also available - Multilingual counsellor.

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£75.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Some spaces available for concessions, please ask.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday to Friday Daytime and Evening and Saturday morning sessions depending on availability, please contact me to check if the time and date you are interested in are available.

Further information

Counselling  y Supervisión clínica en Castellano.

Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN41

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Additional languages



Online platforms

Google Meet
Microsoft Teams


In person

I am a qualified and experienced clinical supervisor working online and face-to-face from central Brighton.

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Luz (Maria) Villarrubia
Luz (Maria) Villarrubia