Soraya Kirsch BA hons PG Dip MBACP
I am a professional and experienced Integrative Counsellor, who puts the person-centred approach at the heart of my work. I currently work from therapy rooms in the Brighton area.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Gestalt therapy
I charge £45.00 for a 50 minute Counselling Session
(Concessions available for Students & Trainee Therapists)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 4-7pm Some Weekday Morning's from 10am
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|