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Kemp Town Counselling – Jo Aldred MNCS (Accred), Dip.

Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1RD
Phone: 07970672474/01273036037
Website Address: www.kemptowncounselling.co.uk
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Do you sometimes feel that life is an endless cycle of anxiety, stress or overwhelm? That getting motivated about your day is a struggle? Speaking with a mental health professional in a confidential space can help you navigate through any feelings of concern and begin to understand your mental wellbeing, relationships, behaviour patterns, beliefs or somatic responses on a much deeper level. Therapy facilitates a sense of genuinely relating with others and connecting with all aspects of yourself so you can be more present in your life.

I'm a qualified and experienced humanistic therapist who is passionate about co-creating the therapeutic relationship to facilitate change or increase understanding for clients. My clinical specialism is working the effects of depression/anxiety/trauma and with mothers/daughters - their relationships and transitions into motherhood. An aspect of therapy is increasing self-awareness, becoming more aware of our reactions to situations or people and identifying any connected emotions. I work creatively and collaboratively.

As for me, I’ve been there. I’ve sat in the ‘hot seat’ as a client and worked with a therapist to cultivate the changes I wanted to see happen in my life. That’s what motivated me to become a counsellor! I’m fascinated by the stories we tell ourselves and of ourselves.

I’ve been involved with parenting groups in Brighton since 2010. Most notably, I set up and ran ‘Bosom Buddies’ (a breastfeeding in public support group) and ‘Brighton Sling Babies’ (a babywearing community and sling library). I’ve enjoyed volunteering with likeminded parenting and mother groups, and this has helped me to understand the rich tapestry of motherhood and myself, as a mother.

I’m currently a Director of a management consultancy firm and I spent years working as a licensed project manager. Having to identify and manage risks, facilitate effective communication and work to deadlines has afforded me with lots of skills that are transferrable and applicable to psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited Registrant (MNCS Accred)
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Practice
NCFE Level 2 & Level 3 in Counselling skills & theory
TA101 - Transactional Analysis foundation certificate
As part of my professional development as a psychotherapy practitioner, I’ve been a volunteer therapist at an inner city college in the Midlands working predominately with an 18+ age group. Seeing clients within this setting has meant an incredibly diverse demographic who have wide-ranging reasons for referral. My work with them often focussed on them finding their own voice, autonomy, feeling safe to express their feelings, their parental relationships and to embrace their vulnerabilities in the face of tragedy.

More recently, I’ve undertaken shorter-term focussed sessions with families and carers of substance users. This entails either agreeing a psychological contract (what they would like to change about themselves or their life) from the outset or working on an emerging contract (where there’s not a specific goal but an exploration to see what’s present for them).

And I'm also a therapist within an NHS service - offering short-term sessions for employees of a large hospital in the South East.

With all therapeutic work, I have an experienced supervisor to ensure I continue to excel with my professional standards and development.

Opening Times

Opening Times: Mon - Fri 8am to 8pm.

Location Information

Location/Directions Info: My therapy space is at 9a Princes Street, BN21RD and is within Brighton Therapy Practice. It's located just off the Old Steine, where there are regular buses and cycle racks, or there's on-street parking a small walk away. There's a buzzer for entry into the practice and please note, that there are stairs up to the waiting area.


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