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I am a professional and experienced Integrative Counsellor, who puts the person-centred approach at the heart of my work. I usually work from therapy rooms in the Brighton area, but I am currently offering Online Counselling Sessions from my private & confidential Therapy Room at home. I am happy to link with clients on either Zoom or Skype & have adjusted the costing of sessions down to £40.00 to reflect this change..

I am a sensitive and caring therapist, and I greet each client with warmth, compassion and openness. Whether in short-term or in longer-term therapy, you can talk about any issues affecting you, and I will sit with you and listen in a non-judgemental way. Being in my 50’s, I bring my own grounded life experience to this process and I endeavour to establish a sense of trust and connection with all my clients.

The focus on each session will be on you and your choices. In the therapeutic space, you can explore whatever is affecting you, whether it is anxiety, depression, feelings of loss of direction or the end of a close relationship. I can help you to make more sense of what is going on and support you to process difficult issues and feelings. This can help you to identify any changes required in your lifestyle, close personal relationships, career or general direction. Perhaps, for example, you are experiencing panic attacks, low self -esteem or bereavement? If so, I can hold the space for you, to allow you to feel heard, accepted and understood, in a confidential sympathetic space that close friends and family may not be able to offer.

When these areas of life are not going well, it can impact greatly on a person’s self-confidence. Clients often tell me that they feel ‘stuck’ ‘anxious’ or ‘low’ and unable to move forward with their lives. Counselling is a powerful tool to help in this process, allowing you to identify old redundant patterns in your life, which may no longer be serving you well. Once you’ve removed these blocks, you can realise your potential and start to feel a sense of flow in your life again. This strengthens your sense of self and improves confidence to ‘be in the world’ with others.

I strongly believe that counselling can help you to re-set boundaries for yourself, and support you to meet yourself in new ways, in all of your depth. This can facilitate positive change.

Introductory Session. I can offer you a discounted trial session, at the low-cost fee of £20.00. From this initial contact, you can decide for yourself whether you would like to continue to work with me and my approach (no obligations). If you are in crisis, I can often offer an appointment within a short time-frame, so do get in touch via phone or e mail.

MY EXPERIENCE: I have a strong background experience of supporting clients through stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues and loss, since 2000 (Previously as a Dramatherapist and in more recent years in my work as a Counsellor).

I have a particular affinity with Women’s Health, having previously practiced at Women & Health, London for a number of years, offering one to one consultations and therapeutic support groups for women.

I am an experienced College Counsellor, having worked at a sixth form college in Horsham for two years and in my current work as a Counselling Mentor for university students in Brighton.

I currently work as a Counsellor in addiction services in the Brighton & Hove area, supporting Families and Carer’s who are affected by a person’s substance misuse.

I have specialised training in supporting young people who are impacted upon by exam stress, social issues, anxiety and depression and self-harm and have been trained in using a Trauma-Informed Approach within YMCA/Dialogue Counselling Services.

I am able to see clients 2-3 days per week in my private counselling practice in the Brighton area (BN1 & BN2).

I follow the BACP Code of Ethics and regularly attend CPD events and training.

I have regular Supervision and hold full Professional Indemnity Insurance for my work.

Training, qualifications & experience

CPCAB Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4)

NCFE in Counselling Skills (Level 2 & 3)

PG Diploma In Drama & Movement Therapy

BA hons Humanities

Additional Training & Continuing Professional Development

  • The Adolescent Brain & Working with Young People         
  • Safeguarding Children & Young People                              
  • Anxiety & Depression: Down But Not Out
  • Mindfulness Approach for Counsellors                         
  • Working Therapeutically with Young People                       
  • Taking a Trauma- Informed Approach                      
  • C.B.T. – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Techniques                                
  • Safeguarding Policies & Procedures                                   
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace
  • Pavilions / FACT Therapeutic Training for Counsellors
  • Developmental Transformations UK Level 1 Certificate

CPD GROUPS: I attend monthly meetings of the Person-Centred Community in Brighton.

I have received training & have 15 months experience of Online Counselling & Mentoring.

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

I usually charge £45.00 for a 50 minute Counselling Session.

I currently charge a discounted fee of £40.00 per Online Counselling Session, to all clients.

(N.B. Further Concessions available for College Students & Trainee Therapists)


Daytime / Evening on Wednesday & Thursday. Tuesday 4-7pm

East Sussex

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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.

Wheelchair accessibility applies to both Therapy Rooms used. I am trained to work with ASD clients.

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Soraya Kirsch BA hons PG Dip  MBACP

Soraya Kirsch BA hons PG Dip MBACP