I am a BACP registered Humanistic Counselling Therapist working in central Brighton, East Sussex in a comfortable private room. Close to Brighton train Station, bus services and adjacent to a large public carpark and nearby shops and amenities.
Struggling to find meaning, feeling stuck or disconnected from ourselves and other people for whatever the reasons, can be an isolating experience. I offer a space to explore the issues that are of real concern to you and where everything and anything you bring is a very welcome and important part of the therapeutic process.
Coming to terms with all that we are (both the good and bad stuff) with acceptance and compassion, allows us to become more at ease with ourselves and the world, coping more effectively with the stressors in our day to day.
Therapeutic change comes from inviting in the stuff we shrink away from, that makes us feel uncomfortable or scared. This is usually derived from the limiting negative beliefs we have inherited from our family, community and culture we grew up in and the experiences that shaped how we may still see ourselves and perceive the world. It is the process of getting to know the so called good and bad bits that enable us to be fully functioning, real people out in the world.
Strangely, it is by becoming curious about why we are fearful, ashamed, depressed, addicted or angry that enables us to gain some control of patterns of behaviour that have been overwhelming. With this self-awareness we can begin to foster self compassion and make life choices and decisions that work for us.
Drawing from a humanistic approach to counselling, I firmly trust that within a safe supportive relationship we can all come to appreciate how our beliefs about ourselves and the world can shape our current experiences. Through a process of discovery and gentle enquiry we may come to know new ways of thinking, feeling and being that could at first seem unfamiliar but more authentic and meaningful to us.
I offer frameworks, perspectives and lenses by which you can orientate yourself when feelings and thoughts might be overwhelming. Here, understanding the neuropsychology of our brain's functioning when stressed can readily support you to better manage experiences that might feel irrational, confusing and frightening as well as frustrating.
Although centred within the field of ‘talking therapies’ I draw upon creative ways of working that offers you this embodied experience which can be the key to new perception and change.
Mindfulness, visualisation, breath, sound and body work, trauma education and/or creative play may prove to be surprisingly important tools in supporting you through this chapter in your life.
Using a philosophical and spiritual framework to explore and contemplate our purpose, meaning and place in the world may give us a big picture perspective when examining the details of our lives.
With many years of relevant experience in the field of therapeutic relationship, as mediator, mentor and facilitator, my personal and professional development is ongoing with training courses, workshops, personal therapy, supervision and updated reading. This is in accord with the professional and ethical guidelines set out by the BACP for working practice of which I am a registered member.
I work with people who wish to focus on specific issues over a short period of sessions or those who feel long term open ended counselling is more appropriate to meet their needs. I invite us to regularly review our work together to ensure that your therapeutic needs and goals are being met.
I offer a free initial meeting where you can explore whether working with me fits with your own expectations and needs. Its a chance to ask questions face to face, get a clearer picture of how we might work together on you concerns and issues and see if it feels right for you. If it does we can discuss a convenient time slot for us to meet on a weekly basis. Consider the question "what brings you to counselling now?" I imagine you will have some idea however general or vague.