If you're struggling with a problem, I will work sensitively and honestly with you to support you in what you're going through. I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Focusing Practitioner based in Burgess Hill and Brighton (see my website for location details). I have worked with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work related stress, ill health, bereavement, family issues and many other life and mental health issues.
I am an accepting, open minded and honest person. Coming to counselling can feel a bit scary and I will work to help you feel safe and to be someone you can trust. My approach is Person Centred, so we will look at whatever is important to you. When people feel they're accepted and understood this can increase confidence and self acceptance, heal old wounds. A non judgemental relationship can also help you to get a clearer sense of what's troubling you and the right way to move forward with it. People often find that through exploration of their experience they can come to trust their judgement. I work with clients with warmth, patience and compassion: I believe that we're all unique and complex beings with innate potential for growth.
Sometimes no matter how much we think or talk about an issue it doesn't seem to change. Or we may have a sense that there is something about the whole issue that we have not yet grasped. At these times it can help to pay attention to what is going on inside us in a particular way. I can help you with a process called Focusing which involves slowing down, listening in to your own experience to see what needs attention and to learn from your own inner wisdom. This approach is based on the idea that when we can be with our feelings just as they are, they are then able to change, allowing us to move through difficult feelings rather than being stuck in them or avoiding them. Being with these feelings can show us that when we get to know the problem, the solution is also within our reach. Focusing can also help you relate to yourself more compassionately and supportively and can give you tools to remember and use yourself after therapy.
Thursdays: Burgess Hill
Fridays: Burgess Hill/Brighton
Appointments may be available at other times so please ask!
In Brighton my counselling room is in Seven Dials. It is 10 minutes' walk from the station and buses stop nearby.