Dr Simon Draycott
I provide counselling services to individuals and couples via video and in person (in Brighton).
My default approach is existential in nature but I will draw from other models to best suit who you are and what you want to look achieve from counselling.
These other therapeutic models include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Person-Centred Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Psychodynamic Therapy.
My aim is to help us both better understand your experiences, and to support you to come to terms with who you are and what is going on for you, or to help you make the changes you want to.
Whilst the counselling models listed above play their part, of primary importance is the nature of the relationship we develop in the counselling room. This relationship should be defined by your being comfortable in working with me, and the relationship having boundaries that may be difficult to achieve elsewhere in your life. At times, the work may feel difficult or challenging but ultimately safe and productive.
In the free, initial consultation session, we will explore what you want to achieve from the counselling work. During the course of the work, we will return to these aims. Whilst these aims may evolve, it’s an important part of the process that we look at how much progress is being made, and ensure you feel something useful and productive is taking place.
Training, qualifications & experience
These are my qualifications:
- Post-MA in Existential Counselling Psychology - City University, London
- MA in Counselling Psychology – City University, London
- PhD – Exeter University
- MSc in Occupational Psychology – University of Hertfordshire
- BA (Hons.) in Psychology and Philosophy IIi – University of Leeds
- Certificate in Sex Addiction - Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
I am affiliated to the following organisations:
- I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- I am a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- I am a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC)
My experience includes the following:
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
- Providing counselling and therapeutic support to individuals and couples across a variety of client groups
- Assessing and working to alleviate a range of psychological conditions and emotional problems including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, drug and alcohol abuse, HIV and sexual health, self-esteem and work-related issues
- Exploring and creating a greater understanding with clients of a range of issues including existential givens, trust, communication, safer sex, sexual orientation and living with HIV
- Adopting an integrative approach drawing from the following schools of thought: existential phenomenological, psychodynamic, CBT, transactional analysis, motivational interviewing, and systems theory
- Working within both a time-limited and open-ended therapeutic framework
- Providing couple and individual counselling services
- Designing and delivering training programmes and workshops including stress management, life skills and career development
- Providing emotional, crisis support and information to people suffering from mental illness, their families and friends, and professionals working in the mental health field
- Developing and delivering management profiling services
- Providing executive coaching services
- Developing and delivering workshops and training courses e.g. team-building, stress management, coaching and presentation skills
- Consulting to develop bespoke, evidence-based assessment solutions
- Conducting organisational research e.g. deaths in custody and healthcare role profiling
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
The Association for Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) is the leading UK organisation providing hope, information, support, and treatment options for those affected by sexual addiction and compulsivity.
ATSAC sets standards of practice for qualified therapists and provides accreditation for specialist training courses. A therapist who has gone through ATSAC recognised training will have the knowledge to respect and work with you sensitively to find out how best to support your needs.
Therapy options may include one-to-one sessions, group work, and/or relationship counselling. ATSAC is a not-for-profit organisation.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with