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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
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.
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
9a Princes Street Brighton BN2 1RD
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,
Suicidal thoughts and ideation
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
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with addiction
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
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.
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.
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.
I usually see over 18's , on an individual basis.
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.
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