About me

Based in East Sussex I offer Relationship Counselling for couples and one-to-one Counselling for adults (18+), both online and face to face.

I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means I have studied more than one approach to Counselling and I continue to incorporate other models as well. Often, when it comes to Counselling, one size does not fit all, because we each have unique personalities and needs. My aim is to understand your specific needs and tailor an approach that works for you. Most importantly, underlying any techniques, I offer you empathy, honesty, acceptance and a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings without feeling judged. With these important factors in place I strongly believe that we can all change to become the best version of ourselves.

If we decide we would like to work together, we can arrange a regular time to meet each week, either online or face to face. I offer open-ended counselling because I believe each person grows and develops at their own pace, and it is your decision when you choose to end. I would however, recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to become accustomed to the therapy, particularly if you have never experienced Counselling before.

I work in an LGBTQ+ affirmative way, and whatever your background, culture or identity, you are welcome. As an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I work within their ethical framework. I also engage with regular CPD and Supervision to ensure I provide you with a quality and up-to-date service.

Training, qualifications & experience

With over 9 years of professional training and experience I have worked in various fields and with a variety of presenting issues. These include alcohol and addiction issues, depression and anxiety, sexual health and identity issues, childhood development and relationship issues . I understand the importance of considering each person as a unique individual and I work in an LGBTQ+ affirmative way, recognising that we are all fundamentally worthy. I am open to helping you find the best approach for your particular needs.

As an Integrative Counsellor I mainly refer to the Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Person-Centred models to help you work through your issues and concerns. As part of my ongoing development I have further incorporated various different models including Imago Relationship Therapy, some Psychosynthesis and other Psychotherapeutic approaches, as well as some solution-focussed tools and techniques.

Qualifications:

  • MBACP (Accred)
  • Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at Wealden Psychology Institute
  • Level 2 and 3 NCFE Counselling Skills at Brighton City College

  • Hypnotherapy Diploma at Chrysalis

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

One to One Counselling (60 mins)                        -     £60

Relationship Counselling (60 mins)                      -     £80

Relationship Counselling (90 mins)                      -     £120

Concessions                                                          -     Dependant on circumstance

Further information

Relationship Counselling

Sometimes in our relationships we can lose our way and find it difficult to communicate what is going on for us. This can happen for many different reasons such as a traumatic experience like an an affair or infidelity, or perhaps a significant loss. Depending on our personal histories we might also fall into destructive patterns of aggression or silent treatment. How I can help is by providing a safe space for you and your partner to to share your thoughts and feelings in a structured and meaningful way.

​I will teach you a new way to communicate, blame-free, with a focus on positivity. Just simply having the opportunity to be really heard and listened to by your partner can be profoundly positive for both your relationship and you as individuals. You may not always agree, and that's ok because I will help you find great value in your differences. I will help you to identify any barriers that are stopping you from reaching your relationship goals. You may even uncover some long-held beliefs from your past that are affecting your relationship in the present.

Sharing your thoughts and feelings with your partner can allow you both to take accountability for what you are bringing (or not bringing) to your relationship.   In your sessions we will calmly explore your current problems in a constructive way and consider how you would like to change your relationship for the better, with a focus on realistic, manageable goals. For those who choose to part ways I can help you both to work on an amicable resolution and satisfactory closure.

One-to-One Counselling

Counselling is an opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. Many people choose to have counselling because they are experiencing some kind of difficulty, distress or dissatisfaction in their lives and find it easier to talk to someone who is independent of family and friends. Whatever your background, culture or identity I am willing to hear you and offer therapeutic support.

Counselling can be helpful in many different ways. You may want to change the way you think or behave towards an issue, or you might choose to look more deeply at past experiences, to help make sense of what you are going through. Either online or face to face, I will offer understanding and gentle challenge to help you gain clarity about where you are, where you want to get to and how to move ahead. I see every person as the expert of their own lives with the ability to develop a strong and healthy sense of self-worth. To help us work in the Here-and-Now, whilst respecting any unresolved difficulties from the past, I use a blend of theoretical models to maintain an holistic awareness. Most importantly I offer you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

Peacehaven
East Sussex
BN10

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

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Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis