Tanya Nielson

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Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Snr Accred) Qualified Supervisor
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

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Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6SG
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I  am a BACP Senior Accredited and Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist and also a qualified Supervisor.

I have been working as a  qualified therapist since 2005 with adults, families and children/adolescents in specialist voluntary sector agencies and private practice. I have worked with people who have experienced a diverse range of experiences, adversity and trauma.

I am currently working at Brighton University as a student counsellor and within private practice.

I experienced the value of a holding, supportive, respectful therapeutic relationship in my life and this was one of the reasons that led me to me embarking on my own training. 

Your Concerns

Counselling and Psychotherapy can be a space to explore current or past concerns, desires and hopes. You may be wanting to get to grips with an aspect of yourself that keeps tripping you up or is holding you back in some way.

You may be struggling with current losses, relationship difficulties, adversity, be in a transitional space or have a sense of longing that you cannot make sense of. You may have experienced a sense of low self-esteem/ self-worth due to early experiences of being misunderstood or unaccepted for who you are or have experienced neglectful parenting or trauma.

You may simply need a space in your life where you are the sole focus to explore what concerns you. Whatever you choose to bring will be valued and treated with respect.


In our meeting, I will endeavour to support you to identify what it is that troubles you and your hopes for the work that we will embark on together. In this process, I will pay full attention to your personal circumstances, cultural & social contexts with a sense of presence, acceptance, authenticity, inclusion and respect to you and your experiences.

I will aim to support you to build on your internal resources and resilience.I will support you be listening out for the places where you are feel lost, fearful, powerless or where there maybe limiting self-beliefs that are not serving you. All of this is welcome in the counselling space with me.

I will encourage the development of a trusting respectful working relationship in order for you to feel supported in your counselling process.

I value the therapeutic relationship that can be a transformative one that can enable us to increase our capacity for accepting our wounds and hurts through a more compassionate lens.

Working Together

The framework in which I work - Integrative Psychosynthesis values the diversity of our experiences, who we are or can be and life in all its contradictions, experiences and depth.

I draw upon a number of psychological models and frameworks including those that focus on our developmental experiences, early trauma/loss and also aspects of self that we feel have been underdeveloped.

I have a creative approach that values all aspects of the self – mind, body and soul. In the work I see that whatever is troubling you can be seen as a signal to parts of the self that may need attention, understanding or transformation.

I have some useful tools and whether this be sand tray, mindfulness, art or utilising dreams or the imagination to support the work. I also have trainings in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy( CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing(EMDR) that can work well with areas such as anxiety or trauma.

I work within the ethical framework of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and work in a way that is confidential, empathic, sensitive and respectful of all that you bring.

I will also pay attention to the dynamics unfolding between us and seek with you to build bridges where we can meet in this joint endeavour. The work can be challenging too as we endeavour to enable change to take place and so I will encourage a compassionate approach throughout.

Ending the Process

You may want to meet for a few sessions or for a longer period of time depending on your situation, what you wish to explore.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis  Counselling 2005

Diploma in Child, Adolescent & Adolescent & Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision 2015

Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Work with Children 2006

CBT with Heart

EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprocessing - trauma work) part 1-3

EMDR with Children

BACP Senior Accreditation 2016

I hold Indemnity Insurance and current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

I am currently working as a counsellor at the University of Brighton offering short term therapy to students and have a private practice.

I have also worked as a therapist in the following specialist services:

Mankind - Brighton offering therapy to Male survivors of sexual abuse

West London Action for Children - offering therapy to children, adults and families who have experienced adversity,  trauma, abuse.  In this context I also provided therapy within the school environment

NSPCC - London offering therapy to children who have experienced trauma and abuse

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Transcultural Issues







Transitional Stages of Life.

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Individuals £55 per 50 mins(some concessions)
Couples/Families: £60 per 60 mins(some concessions)
Supervision: £75 per 1.5 hrs

When I work

I am not currently taking any new clients.

Further information

Disabled access

Brighton Consulting Rooms, 18 A Clermont Road,, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6SG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I am a qualified supervisor which I love for both therapists in training and qualified therapists. I hold my senior accreditation with BACP.

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