Steffi Bednarek, Dip. Psychotherapy, M.A. (Senior accredited MBACP)

Steffi Bednarek, Dip. Psychotherapy, M.A. (Senior accredited MBACP)

8 Western Street

32 Church Road
East Sussex

07863 823783

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About me

I have been working as a Psychotherapist since 2004. I have specialist training in trauma therapy and work with complex trauma as well as depression, anxiety, bereavement and somatic issues. I am particularly interested in threshold moments, where things feel like they can't go on in the same way, whilst a new way has not yet emerged.

You can get a small sense of me by watching a short video on my website


• I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with senior accredited status. I worked for the NHS, including the Department of Psychiatry where I also provided Psychotherapy for adults with ADHD.

• As Head of Service, I have clinically, operationally and strategically managed a busy University counselling and mental health team. I also managed a psychotherapy service for adults, children and adolescents in Brighton.

• In my work as a trainer and visiting lecturer,  I have worked for Universities, national and local Governments, the Council of Europe as well as for industry, NGOs and international help organisations.

• As a writer I have published a range of articles on mental health issues, leadership issues and on wider socio political issues that affect our wellbeing. (BACP Therapy Today, Transformations, BACP workplace Journal and others).


2012-2013 - Post graduate certificate in leadership and management

2012-2013 - Somatic Trauma Therapy Training (Babette Rothchild - Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre)

2010 - Object Relational Gestalt Therapy training (Gilles Delisle)

2007 - Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)

2002-2006 - Post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute)

1999 - Therapeutic Interventions with survivors of domestic violence (Ginette Larouche - Minsitry of Families Luxembourg)

1998-1999   - Post Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (European Institute of Grief Studies)

1998-1999 - M.A. in Psychology and Social Policy (University of Trier)

1994- 1997 - B.A. Psychology and Social Policy (University of Trier and University of Stirling)

In addition to that I have attended numerous short courses and training events on an ongoing basis since 199

I am registered with Bupa, Aviva and other insurance companies.

H O W   I   C A N   H E L P   Y O U

I support clients to contain the troubling situation they are in so that the impact it may have on their life and their relationships is not spiralling out of control. We work together to identify what is needed to bring movement into a seemingly stuck situation and to find a way of integrating new behaviours into a more conscious and choiceful way of being. I believe that it is by connecting with our own potential and our inner resources that we heal, grow and expand.

Together, we explore current patterns and how they impact on your life and your relationships. Once you have become more fully aware of them and understand how you may actively maintain them, you can start experimenting with change. In the safety of the therapeutic relationship you may be willing to take the risk to express yourself more fully and feel yourself expand. From that place of awareness you can experiment with different behaviour. At that point you may see real change in your relationships and your environment and I will support you in finding a way to integrate this new way of being into your life.

I have witnessed many times what a profound difference this way of working can make to peoples' lives. That is why I am deeply passionate about my work.

O N   A   M O R E   P E R S O N A L   N O T E:

I was born in Germany, grew up in Luxembourg and have lived in the UK for over 16 years. I love to write, hike and kayak. I have a big interest in art, contemporary dance, performance and devised theatre. I spend a lot of time in nature and am currently learning about the medicinal properties of local plants.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior BACP accreditation
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
MA in Psychology and Social Policy
Diploma in Bereavement Counselling
Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Certificate in Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a special interest in self-compassion and mindfulness and incorporate these approaches into my work. For more information on this please click here:

Another area of special interest and experience is working with parents of children of all ages, supporting parents in the struggles of parenting.

Photos & videos

  • website video


Individual Psychotherapy

(50 minutes)                                £60 per session

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN1 2PG
Hove, BN3 2FN

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: German, Luxemburgish, French


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

If you and your client were animals, what kind of animals would you both be? What is happening and what is not happening between you? .

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