Paula Robertson

Counselling in Brighton and Hove

Person-Centred Counselling in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex


Paula Robertson BSc MBACP

Welcome

Thank you for visiting my website

Seeking support for the challenges of our lives can be daunting. I endeavour to create a space which is warm, empathic and free of any judgement for you to safely explore your feelings, emotions, thoughts and behaviours.

I believe that we all hold in ourselves the capacity for change and that an environment of acceptance and warmth can facilitate the change you desire. To be listened to without judgement, to be truly heard is very powerful.

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

― Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being

Person-Centred Counselling

Person-centred therapy was founded by Carl Rogers in the late 1940’s. His work theorised how we as individuals develop and how ,through his theory of therapy, can change. Whilst this dates back to the 1940’s it is as relevant today as it was then as an evidence-based contemporary therapeutic approach. We as humans have an in built drive to maintain and enhance ourselves to the best of our ability. By having in place certain conditions between the counsellor and the client, change can be facilitated. Those conditions are that the counsellor is genuine, non-judgmental and empathic and that the client receives those conditions. The focus is on the person and therefore is an effective way of working with many types of distress or issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, relationships and abuse.


About Me

I am a qualified Person-Centred counsellor offering counselling in Brighton and Hove. I am fully committed to the theory and practice of Person-Centred counselling. I enjoy learning and regularly update my professional training and am open to exploring ways of working which may enhance my practice.I have experienced many of life’s up’s and down’s and general challenges and feel alongside my training this supports my empathic way of being.

As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling(BACP) and Psychotherapy, and abide by their code of ethical practice. In accordance with my registration I have regular supervision.

I hold professional liability insurance.

Fees and Availability

I am available for face to face, online and telephone sessions

My fee is £40 for a 50 minute session. I offer the first 50 minute session at half price, £20.

I see clients face to face at the following locations,

69 Church Road Hove BN3 2BB

and

9a Princes Street Brighton BN2 1RD

Qualifications and Experience

BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (University of Brighton)

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Bank Addiction Counsellor – Lighthouse Recovery Worthing , providing group therapy and workshops specific to recovery from addiction

Volunteer placements at

Rise Domestic Abuse Charity Brighton, Emmaus Homelessness Charity Brighton and St Catherine’s Hospice Crawley have given me great learning and experience of working with ,

Substance Misuse and Addiction,

Trauma

Abuse

Bereavement

Anxiety

Suicidal thoughts and ideation

Stress

Depression

Domestic Violence

Relationship Issues

Self esteem

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:

Feelings of stress or anxiety

Panic attacks

Relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Problems with addiction

Trauma and post-traumatic stress

Abuse

Abuse

Depression

Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Anxiety

Confidence

Substance misuse

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.


You can also call me on 07774254905 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services. Find out more by reading my Privacy Policy.

Frequently asked questions

How many sessions will I need ? 

This very much depends on the individual. In some situations a few sessions may be all you need to help with the issue you have come to counselling about , however it maybe that longer term counselling is necessary. I tend to review with you after approximately 6 weeks as to whether you are getting what you need from our sessions.

It is preferable for sessions to be once per week.

What issues can counselling be helpful with ?

The theory of the Person-Centred Approach , is that the focus is on the person or client themselves. No matter what the painful feelings or relationship troubles the overall question one may be struggling with is how to be oneself. Therefore whatever the issue causing distress, be it stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, substance abuse, addiction, trauma, loneliness, counselling from from a Person- Centered basis can be helpful.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

All that you share with me during our sessions is held confidential.  I may share information as

part of the supervision process with my supervisor who is also registered with the BACP. Any notes containing sensitive information will be store securely for a period of 5 years, and thereafter disposed of securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR. There are however some exceptions to the above and confidentiality may have to be breached if I considered you or someone else were at risk of serious harm, legally required to do so, in connection with money laundering, drug trafficking , terrorism and if order by a Court of Law.

However as much as I am able, I would dis cuss this disclosure with you beforehand.

What age groups type of people do you see?

I usually see over 18’s , on an individual basis.

My location

I work from therapy rooms based in Brighton and Hove.

69 Church Road Hove BN3 2BB and 9a Princes Street Brighton BN2 1RD

In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer telephone counselling and online sessions via Zoom or Skype.

Links you may find helpful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11U0h0DPu7k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZBTYViDPlQ

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