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Counsellor MBACP

About me

 At times we all feel overwhelmed and anxious, or that we just can't find our way through life's challenges alone, and need support.  Perhaps you are feeling out of balance, or seeking more fulfilling and rewarding relationships with those around you.

It takes courage to acknowledge this and take the first step to getting the right Counselling support for you.  Working together with a compassionate non-judgemental Counsellor can support you to find your own truth, and develop a sense of the person you are right now, and what you need to make changes to live a fulfilling life.

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.

FAQs

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 low cost 30 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.

Final Words:

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:

  • Couples Counselling
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Specialist Fertility Counselling Training
  • 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.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students

Additional information

  • £20:  Initial 30 minute Assessment Session
  • £50:  Regular 50 minute Session

When I work

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Counselling Appointments available weekdays and evenings, please contact me with your preferences.

9A Princes Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1RD

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Offering online appointments

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