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About me

Update:  I continue to offer online sessions to both couples and individuals around the UK.  Please call and I can tell you more about the way I work or visit my website for more information.

Why Consider Counselling?

You do not necessarily have to be in distress to benefit from counselling. You may be looking for an impartial, non-judgemental and confidential space to discuss issues on your mind. On the other hand, you may have reached a crisis point in an area of your life and need a safe place to talk through what is happening for you.

My aim is to help you identify where you have 'learned' behaviours and build awareness. As you paint the picture of your life and what you have experienced, we can work together to see how you envisage the future. How is life for you now and how would you like it to be?

I am dedicated to supporting you on your journey and will ensure that your goals are kept clear and front of mind. I work in a warm and engaged way and my private practice is focused on working with couples and individuals. I work with adults of all ages, genders and diverse backgrounds.

I am particularly interested in issues relating to:

  • Family and relationships: building relationships, creating family and managing difficult life experiences. I see individuals and couples.
  • Building self-esteem: experiences of loneliness, self-doubt, distrust and uncertainty.
  • Anxiety, depression and low mood: including panic, phobias, worry-loops and self-harm.
  • Addiction: self-harming patterns of behaviour. I also work with 'Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts.'
  • Career stress: managing work-life balance, stress at work, career issues, redundancy and change.
  • Identity and roles: mid-life questions, divorce and separation, community, menopause and sexuality.
  • I work with various local and national organisations as part of their EAP (employee assistance programmes) to support employees.

My Approach

As an integrative counsellor, I bring together a combination of different modalities - Transactional Analysis being my main theoretical model - and use various techniques to support you on your journey. I will hold the space for you to explore what you are looking to achieve.

You may wish to talk through what's on your mind or maybe you have a specific goal? Some clients feel they have lost their way and counselling offers time and space to evaluate options.

Whatever your situation, we can identify in your early sessions, whether some brief therapy, or longer term counselling will suit you.

Couple Counselling

I usually work in a short term format with couples: 3 or 4 sessions together and 1 or 2 individual sessions.  Some couples attend for an MOT, in the knowledge that they both want to address something in their partnership. Others may be considering separation and want support in checking their decisions in order that they can manage the process.  For some couples, the therapeutic space is needed to improve communication and openly discuss what's going on.

Whatever the issues that a partnership is facing, time together in this way can help improve communication and understanding.

Couples sessions start at £70 for 1 hour.

For more information on session formats, location and fees please refer to website: www.markwickcounselling.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I became interested in my own personal development in 1997 and undertook courses both in the UK and abroad. I also became involved in support group work. In 2007, I qualified as an NLP Practitioner as an adjunct to my training skills in the corporate environment. I liked the idea of changing what wasn't helpful, and there are various NLP exercises that can support mind and body in facilitating positive change. In 2009 I co-facilitated the Family Aftercare Support Group at an addiction treatment centre in Ontario, Canada.

During my 20 years in marketing across Europe and North America, I have developed cultural sensitivity and a deep understanding of workplace issues, stress and work/life balance.

I manage a private practice in East Sussex as an accredited counsellor and relationship therapist. I also work in the field of EAP - with local and national organisations to support their employees experiencing anxiety, crisis, stress or depression.

My qualifications include:

  • BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic, Integrative Counselling
  • NLP Practitioner
  • Member (Accred) of BACP, adhering to BACP ethical framework
  • BACP Accredited Membership - a further designation that demonstrates to clients and employers high standards of knowledge, experience,  development and integrity.

My specialisations include:

  • Transactional analysis
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Creative sessions
  • Phobia and change models (NLP)
  • Couple work
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
  • Schema Therapy

I am frequently attending new workshops and courses as part of my on-going CPD (continuing personal development). As part of my membership with the BACP, I adhere to an ethical and professional framework. I have full practitioner liability insurance, underwritten by Hiscoxs.

I have undertaken and attained further 'Accredited' status with the BACP,  and work with various healthcare and private insurance organisations, including AXA Health and WPA.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationship counselling/support for couples and individuals

Adult children of alcoholics/addicts

Co-dependency

Families of alcoholics/addicts

Issues around caring for others

Life changes/family/career burn-out/work life balance

Isolation, anxiety and self-esteem

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Fees

From £50.00 to £90.00

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • AXA PPP
  • WPA

Additional information

I charge from £50 for individual counselling (for a 50 minute session).

Couples sessions are charged from £70 (for a 60 minute session) with longer sessions available.  Please see website for more information on fees and payment.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am seeing clients online - via Zoom - and sessions are also available for individuals by telephone.

Further information

I am also undertaking my Diploma in Supervision and offering low cost supervision to therapists until qualified later in 2021.

St Leonards On Sea
East Sussex
TN38

Battle
East Sussex
TN33

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

All sessions currently online or by telephone

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am currently providing low-cost supervision on Zoom whilst I complete my Diploma in Supervision. Pls call or email for more information.

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Veronique Briant MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Relationship Therapist

Veronique Briant MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Relationship Therapist