Zoe Boylan, Counsellor MBACP
We all experience challenging situations that make us feel anxious, and may feel frustrated that we can’t work things out ourselves. It takes courage to acknowledge this and take the first step to getting the right support for you. In making this step you are choosing to value yourself, moving towards the changes you are seeking.
As an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor I work with kindness and integrity, to give you the space and time to enable you to have a deeper understanding of yourself, and how your experiences have shaped you. Through this awareness comes first the ability to evaluative and reflect on the origin of your current problem, and then the freedom to make positive change.
Often so many of us are dealing with an Inner Critic, who although intending to be well meaning, is holding us back. Through developing self-compassion, which is proven to increase resilience and motivation, we can reset this, find balance and develop strength to ultimately enable us to have a more rewarding experience of life.
What problems can counselling help with?
People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. Some because they feel they aren’t coping very well and would like support in understand their emotions.
People also come when they are struggling with low self esteem or low confidence, anxiety or depression, lonliness, bereavement, stress or simply feeling sad.
Some people want to understand repeating life patterns, in relationships or work and seek support in Counselling to change these patterns.
Ultimately Counselling provides the time, and space you need, to process thoughts and feelings.
What about Theory?
As an Intergrative Counsellor, I will bring in different evidence based theories and techniques to support your counselling goals. We can discuss if you have a preferred way of working.
I also can support you work creatively, (even in remote counselling), which can involve different techniques to explore what is going on, using Imagery, drawing, and symbolism.
I work to allow you a safe, confidential non-judgement space to explore what is needed for you, in your own time.
Is it Confidential?
Yes. Anything we discuss is held between us. I have a Supervisor, who is a more experienced Counsellor, who I will seek support from, ensuring that your identify is not shared.
I store any notes I keep in a lockable filing cabinet.
How often will we meet?
Weekly sessions are more effective initially whilst we explore what is troubling you.
After our Introduction meeting, we will agree an initial number of sessions, which is usually between 4-6. We can then decide as we go, how many more sessions you would like. Counselling can be long term, or relatively short to suit your needs.
Where will the Counselling take Place?
I work from a Counselling Room, in central Brighton. I also work remotely on Zoom, guided by the latest Pandemic restrictions advice.
How do I choose my Counsellor?
In your search for a counsellor, it is important to you feel comfortable with someone you can trust. This is why I offer a free 20 minute Introduction appointment where we can talk about why you are seeking counselling, and you can see if you feel you would be able to work with me.
Please get in contact to see how I can support you. You have already taken the first step in searching for a counsellor, acknowledging your self worth, and intention to dedicate time to your mental wellbeing.
“Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through, the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.” (Andy Andrews)
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) and MSc in Psychology
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Registered member of the BACP. (MBACP)
- I am a Macmillan Counsellor locally supporting Cancer Patients and their families.
- I run a support group for individuals experiencing Infertility.
Recent Training Includes:
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Specialist Trauma Training
- Dealing with Shame
- Using Imagery to find strength and resilience
I bring experience of working internationally for many years in Clinical Research, as well as having experience of living and working overseas. I also still work in Research in Sussex University.
I am also a mother of young twins.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
- £20: Initial 30 minute Assessment Session, (or during the pandemic a FREE 20 minute phone/Zoom consultation)
- £50: Regular 50 minute Session
Counselling Appointments available weekdays, please contact me with your preferences.
Evening appointments available upon request.