Zoe Carey, Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor

Zoe Carey, Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor

63 Sandgate Road
East Sussex

07575 846000

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About me

Beginning counselling is understandably daunting.  In my experience, people can feel self indulgent and as if they are making a fuss in seeking help, or it may feel as if your problems are so overwhelming that no one can help you. Counselling can help you. I consistently find that, once people engage with counselling, they wish they had done it sooner.

The nature of difficulties such as anxiety and depression are often that it feels like something that 'happens' to us, perhaps periodically throughout life or suddenly as in panic attacks or flashbacks. Such experiences are not meaningless, nor are they from out of the blue. Pain and distress can come to feel a part of who we are, it can be difficult to imagine it could be any different.  It can be different.  Change can be as scary as it is longed for.  Finding a good counsellor you can begin to feel confidence in is an enormous relief just in itself.

You may have reached a time in your life when you would like to know yourself more fully, to gain in emotional freedom, to have more satisfying relationships and an enriched sense of meaning to your life.  Again, finding a therapeutic relationship within which to deeply explore your life and concerns can be enormously liberating.

Current work

  • I have a private practice where I see clients once or twice weekly for short term or open ended therapy
    • Short term therapy (normally 6-16 sessions) is for when you want to focus on a particular issue and gain some clarity or come to a resolution about your feelings or direction.  It is also useful to get a taste of what therapy might be able to do for you, or to gain an understanding of where the work may lie for you whether you carry on to address that independently or do a longer piece of work with a therapist.
    • Open ended therapy is where the end is not fixed from the start, so can be of any length.  It is an opportunity to open up a space in which to explore and think more deeply about your life and concerns.  Only when you want to think about it will we think together about ending.
  • I see clients working for the public sector (such as police officers, teachers, care workers) through an Employee Assistance Programme.  We have 6 sessions of intensive work aimed at addressing a specific issue whether related to work or a separate issue.  A surprising amount can be achieved in 6 sessions but clearly its a limited time frame and generally it might be helpful to view it as a means to get a view of the landscape in which your distress lies.  From there you are better placed to continue the work we have identified independently.
  • I work one day a week for the Rock Clinic, a counselling initiative offering low cost and open ended affordable counselling to the community
  • I train students on a BACP Accredited PGDip in Psychodynamic Counselling

If you would like to arrange an initial consultation with me, text me on 07575 846000

I am an experienced and committed counsellor.  Issues I can help you with include:

  • when you know you have packed stuff away and not dealt with it and are wondering whether now is the time
  • panic attacks / generalised anxiety
  • depression
  • suicidal thoughts, feelings or actions
  • when it feels like you can't turn to those around you for fear of being a burden
  • problematic relationship with alcohol and/or drugs
  • the issues that can arise from a difficult or abusive childhood
  • feelings of meaninglessness, emptiness and feeling lost

The initial consultation:   In a first meeting, we will think about your current and past experiences and will think together about what's happening for you, and what you hope for from counselling. It is an opportunity for you to consider if you would like to work with me.  There is no obligation to continue, but you should have an idea about whether or not I could be helpful to you by the end of the first meeting.  If you choose to continue with me, the counselling can be as brief or as long as you wish - you may want just a few sessions to gain some clarity about a specific situation, or you may want open ended psychotherapy which can last for several years, where together we will unpick difficulties you may have been struggling with for many years.

I am happy to hear from you whether your difficulties feel vague or specific, whether you would like a short term focussed experience, or a long term exploratory journey.

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited by the BACP.
Supervision and Assessment training.
PG Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
Psychology Bsc

I have worked continuously as a psychodynamic counsellor for the past 10 years and worked the previous 20 years to that in various areas of mental health eg. as a nursing assistant on acute psychiatric wards, in chronic psychiatric rehabilitation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, dementia wards, as a teaching assistant in special needs schools.

Currently, as well as having my own practice, I also train new Psychodynamic counsellors on a BACP Accredited course. It's a well respected and challenging course, established for over thirty years. As the Year 2 Tutor my role during weekly term time seminars is to introduce students to psychodynamic theory, child development and key themes such as anger, shame, depression and trauma, as well as facilitating experiential exercises carefully designed to produce self aware, empathic and robust counsellors.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


£50 per session for individuals.

£70 per session for couples.

Some concessionary slots available.

Further information

I adhere to the Ethical Framework as outlined by the BACP and I can provide you with a copy on request.

I work from professional counselling rooms located at Fiveways, there are WC facilities and a kitchen area to get a drink of water.

Parking spaces are available outside which are now operated by a parking meter system.  Free parking can be found a few streets up.  There are regular buses stopping at the end of the road, numbers 26, 46 & 56. London Road train station is a 15 minute walk away.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN1 6JP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Monday & Wednesday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme