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COVID-19 Update - All sessions are currently provided remotely via Skype/Zoom or telephone.

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing things aren’t feeling quite ‘right’ in your life at the moment and maybe you’re hoping for something to change. Perhaps you’re struggling with some difficult thoughts or feelings. Perhaps you’ve hit a fork in the road and you’re unsure which way to go. Perhaps you’re not really sure what ‘it’ is that needs to change.

I believe that opening up and sharing your concerns with someone who is trained to listen and respond to you, is the first step in working through them. While counselling can’t remove the challenging experiences that you're facing, it can help to empower you so you can move through them with strength and purpose.

I take a pluralistic, integrative approach to therapy, which means I don't think there is one 'best' therapy that fits all. Instead I stay open to different ways of working and listen to what is important to you. This could include exploring experiences from the past that feel unresolved, or issues that concern you about the present or future. This might also include any thoughts or feelings that arise in the moment.

My aim as your counsellor is to create a warm and understanding environment where we can work together on a common goal, and that goal is for you to achieve a greater sense of well-being. You can rely on me to be honest with you, and offer you different perspectives and points of view, but ultimately you decide what we explore and the pace that we move.

I understand starting counselling can feel daunting and it may take time to find someone that feels right for you. Why not schedule a free 20-min phone call where we can talk through any questions you might have? If it feels right we can schedule an initial consultation where I will ask some questions to learn more about the context of your issues and you can share any goals and preferences that you have. This session will give you a sense of how we might work together and help you to decide if you would like to continue. We could then meet weekly for as long is beneficial.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, I am currently only offering counselling remotely. This can be via video with Skype/Zoom, or over the phone. The process is the same - a safe confidential space for you to explore any issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Advanced Psychotherapy
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills

Additional Training

  • Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Addressing Suicidality and Suicide Risk Online
  • Shame and Secrecy Associated with Self-Harm
  • Working with Children and Young People Online
  • Supporting Gay or Gender Questioning Young People
  • Support in Coming Out or Not Coming Out
  • Post-Slavery Syndrome: Exploring The Clinical Impact of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • The Disintegrating Self: Understanding and Working with Adults with ADHD and/or Autistic Spectrum Traits
  • Autism Awareness for Counsellors
  • The Dissociated Self and Autism
  • Goals in Therapy: Actualising Our Deepest Directions
  • Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Existential Contributions to Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Stop Sexual Offending Foundation Certificate

Experience

I have many years experience working in special educational needs settings. Neurodivergent clients may find this background enhances their experience of counselling.

Alongside my private practice, I have also worked for a charity that provides low-cost person-centred therapy for adolescents.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

£40 per session paid via card, cash or BACS.

Availability

Monday: 17:00 - 21:00

Tuesday: 17:00 - 21:00

Wednesday: 17:00 - 21:00

Thursday: 09:00 - 21:00

Friday: 09:00 - 21:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00

Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00

Further information

I’m a registered counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means I am committed to the principles and values set out in the BACP’s Ethical Framework. If you would like to learn more about what that means, you can read about it here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/

Hides Farm
Stonestile Lane
Hastings
East Sussex
TN35 4PH

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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.

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Tom Stonebridge - Registered Member MBACP

Tom Stonebridge - Registered Member MBACP