The process is very straightforward. Come and speak about whatever is on your mind. Whether the pressing problem or seemingly irrelevant unrelated matters, that usually are in fact very related and revealing for the pressing issue. It works with having a weekly momentum where unknowingly progress will be happening between sessions too.
The first session gives the chance to experience a session and see how effective it is and whether I am the best person to work with. The session is a discussion of 50 minutes talking about whatever you wish to discuss.
We will work together until you find the best point to leave, whether 3 sessions or you can remain and benefit from longer term work. You will feel when it is the right time to stop, especially if already having overcome some difficult sessions where you might have wanted to avoid facing uncomfortable or awkward matters.
People say I come across as very calm and approachable, friendly and warm. They say they find me consistent and reliable, honest and trustworthy. I find my work very rewarding. I find it stimulating to work with people who want to bring about changes and watch those changes happening. I am comfortable with being emotional intimate. If I make a mistake, I acknowledge it, own up and talk about it even if its awkward or uncomfortable to do so.
Counselling offers the opportunity to sound off and off load. To live a lighter day to day life. It also offers the rare chance to hear some life changing truths, and reflect back on things which others have not seen or were not heard.
It also and most importantly offers the chance to experience a secure trusted healthy attachment to a kind and boundaried person who is constant, reliable and consistent.
I believe everyone would benefit from counselling. Most of us can bumble along. But why bother when there is the opportunity to live life fuller and lighter. It offers the chance to explore sensitive awkward painful feelings memories and experiences in a safe trusted way.
Typical problems include:
Yes, please come along. There is always going to be someone worse off, that does not mean it is not worth coming. Counselling is not reserved for the most serious problems. We are all important. I believe everybody would benefit from counselling, not just those in a crisis.
My fees reflect my skill, experience and level of training as a BACP registered and
accredited psychotherapist and counsellor practising in Brighton and Hove.
£70 per fifty-minute initial consultation
£70 per fifty-minute weekly counselling/psychotherapy session
I work on an open-ended basis with no set minimum or maximum number of sessions.
Each session is 50 minutes and starts prompt on the hour.
Counselling or psychotherapy sessions with me involve a weekly commitment, at the same day and time each week. As such, it is important that you are able to accommodate this. It means prioritising our work at the agreed time each week over other commitments. I can sometimes accommodate people who work shifts, frequently work away, or work irregular hours.
Please contact me to find which sessions are currently available.
I am based at the Anahata Clinic at 119/120 Edward Street Brighton BN2 0JL. Its a bright yellow building on the corner with St James Avenue.
You may start by saying this. Often these are rich sessions where unexpected findings might come to the surface. There might be some hidden anger that resists wanting to relate. Experiencing some silence and then discussing this can provide useful insights.
Cancelled or missed sessions, with less than a week’s notice, are charged at the full session fee. The cancellation policy applies to holidays, any work commitment or illness, unless I am on a break. Please give me as much notice as possible if you have to cancel a session. Frequent cancelling will result in our work being reviewed and possibly drawn to an end.
I take breaks of a week or two at the usual times during the year, Easter, summer and Christmas, and can give plenty of notice for these.
Fees are payable:
Fees for individuals are held for a minimum of 12 months from when you start counselling or psychotherapy. Four weeks’ notice will be given of any price increase.
I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP). I have a diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling from Chichester Counselling Services. I have degrees in Law (Lancaster), Divinity (London), and Community and Criminal Justice (de Montfort, Leicester).
I work with an intergrated style that is psychodynamically based and tailored for each client's needs. Cogitive behavioural therapy, transactional analysis and solution focused therapy are just some methods that are incorporated as required. I chose to have regular further training as part of continually developing and strengthening my practice.
The quality of our working relationship is key to allow insights and links to other aspects of your life and therefore allow issues to come to the surface in the therapy room so that they can be addressed directly and effectively.
For example, a current repeated problem with others might be parallel with a distant or dismissed happening where the strong feelings from that past occasion remain harboured within yet have a negative influence on current relationships. Once located and recognised, the emotions (e.g. resentment, humiliation, fear) can start to release themselves relieving the current problem or relationship.
I trained as a therapist and counsellor for Chichester Counselling Services. I have run therapeutic groups continually for a social care public sector provider since 2005. Simultaneously, I have been working one to one with counselling clients psychodynamically since 2005. I have been supervised at every point.
I have a lengthy academic background as well as holding down various jobs in sales, banking, voluntary work, social care work and pastoral care. I've personally benefited from psychotherapy myself with both short and long term work on several occasions for a wide variety of different issues which started with family bereavement.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Your sessions are subject to professional confidentiality. Aligned with BACP ethical practice, I have regular supervision where any aspect of my work may be discussed. Further, confidentiality may be breached, if for example, you or someone else is at risk of harm.
There is no agreed distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. I use them interchangeably. Some think of counselling as weekly and psychotherapy as twice or more per week. Some think of short term work as counselling and long-term work as psychotherapy. The same processes apply, albeit there are different intensities and endurance.
I do work with gay people and those who identify as LGBTQ+.
No. I work with adults from 18 years and older.
No. I chose to work with just individuals one to one.
No. It would be too complicated to see partners, even if one is no longer working with me.
Yes. If you are in couples counselling with another therapist, I can see you for one to one work.
I can and I do. As and when this is required.
There might be free counselling from your GP. There might be a wait and number of sessions might be limited. The Rock Clinic might offer some subsidised low cost counselling. They are easily found online and are in both Kemptown and Hove.
Yes. Only reduce or cease medication following discussion and agreement with your GP or practitioner.
Yes. Its more usual to work face to face but skype and telephone counselling are possible.
I work weekly to benefit from the frequent momentum needed for change. Some may, much later, reduce frequency but only after a lengthy period of working weekly.
The focus is on you. Discussion about my personal circumstances would hinder our work. My personality and attention is fully available though. However I give an outline here. People say I come across as very calm and approachable, friendly and warm. They say they find me consistent and reliable, honest and trustworthy. I find my work very rewarding. I find it stimulating to work with people who want to bring about changes and watch those changes happening. I am comfortable with being emotional intimate. If I make a mistake, I acknowledge it, own up and talk about it even if its awkward or uncomfortable to do so.
Also I have a lengthy academic background as well as holding down various jobs in sales, banking, voluntary work, social care work and pastoral care. I've personally benefited from psychotherapy myself with both short and long term work on several occasions for a wide variety of different issues which started with family bereavement.
It might be possible in some cases to have a period of attending twice a week.
Yes. It is completely ok to come for just one session either to clarify a particular issue or to test out a session to see if you would be interested in longer term work.
Our time is limited to the weekly session.
In an emergency the Samaritans can be called 116 123
Young adults can contact Papyrus www.papyrus-uk.org
Men can call CALM on 0800 58 58 58
Or call your GP number for either out of hours services or your GP
I regularly work with student counsellors.
There is insufficient disabled access at the Anahata clinic
Many of the streets within a short walk have paid parking. You may need to set payment via your mobile phone which can take a good ten minutes on the first time only and is quick and easy afterwards. The Anahata clinic is near many bus routes 1, 2, 7, 18, 37, 47, 52 on either St James Street or Edward Street. The main train station is a 15 minute walk away.
Complaints about your therapist should be raised with me directly during the session and may well be an important part of our work. If you are not satisfied that your complaint has been addressed, then you can take this up with BACP which can be easily reached via their website where there is a complaints page.
You are the best judge of this but others may tell you they notice a change.
Here are some of the changes people might notice: