Maura Cowen MBACP
29-22 Gloucester Place
Centre For Emotional Development
Are you feeling anxious? Is a sense of sadness becoming depression, and not resolving itself in spite of the resources you have available? Perhaps struggling to understand your own feelings, or thought or behaviour patterns? You may not know why you are experiencing discomfort, or you may have a specific focus to discuss. Sometimes we identify unsatisfying patterns in our lives, such as relationship difficulties. We might experience a more general sense of unfulfilment or wish to reevaluate our identities. Sometimes we go through a specifically challenging time, with the loss of a job or breakup of a relationship. Finally, some events make the life we know difficult to cope with, such as a traumatic experience.
It is not uncommon for people to reach a point where they need a confidential space to express ideas and to re-evaluate their options. This is a space different to that offered by friends and family; non judgemental, devoted to your betterment, reliable and safe. My aim as a therapist is to provide support for you to explore what may be making you feel ill at ease. We will work together on this.
I can provide shorter or longer term support through psychotherapy. We will regularly review our work to ensure it is, in fact, supporting you and enriching your thinking.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have provided therapy in charity settings, in the NHS and in private practice. I have experience in working with a variety of cultures. I have worked with anxiety, anger management, trauma, self-confidence and identity issues, as well as difficulties in current relationships and a need to understand past relationships. I have particular interest and experience in the impact of our early contexts on our ways of functioning, and a number of year's experience in the field of trauma, including domestic violence.
I have supported clients for over 9 years, offering a variety of contract lengths and styles of working in response to how clients may work as well as in response to changing need.
I attained a Certificate in Counselling Skills at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. Through studying at Metanoia Institute in Ealing I attained a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their ethical guidelines. My work is supervised by a qualified supervisor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Writing as a source of self-support. I offer a closed reflective writing group at About Balance, where facilitated activities support your development and self-awareness. Details of the next term's course- including early bird fee- can be found on http://brightonpsychotherapist.weebly.com
- Coping with work-related stresses. We would work to understand the context you are working with at the moment, and develop a sense of your own empowerment to understand the impact of these, as well as use strategies to manage your reactions and involvement.
- Strengthening a sense of self, and inner resources. This underpins how we function in today's life. We would work to develop was for you to understand and to 'ground' yourself while you continue to aim for change.
- Considering difficult childhood contexts and their impact. Where we come from informs our understanding of the world. We can adjust these views, we can update less useful approaches. My aim would be to support you in that exploration, insight and change.
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My fee is £45 for our 50 minute sessions. Do contact me to discuss your situation, as concessions are available for those in need.
Fees are reviewed periodically, with notice given of any changes made.
I believe that the relationship and trust between therapist and client is the most important element in therapeutic work, where we will aim to better understand what is causing you disharmony. It is common to meet for a few sessions to decide if working together is what will help you most.
I am an integrative therapist, which means that I draw from a range of therapies in order to best support you. I have experience in using art, natural materials and writing, to further explore issues as they arise.
The consulting rooms in Clermont Road are next to Preston Park train station and near a range of bus routes. Free parking is available in local streets. The rooms in About Balance are in a central location in Brighton, close to bus routes and within walking distance of Brighton station.
Contacting the mobile number given above, will be the quickest way of getting in touch. I will answer each message left.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday and early evening slots available.
Types of client