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Couples and Individual Counselling in Brighton and Hove and Online

It is exhausting and painful to feel disconnected from yourself and/or your partner. It is also often the case that the harder you try, the more lonely you become.

Many people come to counselling six or seven years after they are aware there are problems. It takes great courage to reach out for support. Please see below for some common questions and practical information about starting sessions with me.

Does the fact that we are/I am coming to counselling mean failure?

It takes strength, not weakness, to seek support and to admit you are struggling on your own. Relationships are not easy, and it helps to have an objective, non-judgmental and experienced third party enabling you to work together. Counselling is an investment in the most critical aspects of your life and your relationship, now and for the future.

Talking about feelings and emotions sounds awful to me. Will counselling help?

Talking about how we feel is hard. It is my job to support you in this process. I don’t expect you to be experts when it comes to talking about your feelings. Typically, some people are much more comfortable talking about feelings than others. EFT is about sharing emotions, allowing us to understand our logical coping mechanisms in relationships. This approach provides a clear map of the steps and stages we will work through together. The most crucial part is that as we start, you can be open to this important work.

How long will we/I need to keep coming?

The number of sessions depends on how complicated your situation is and how receptive you are to the process of counselling. You may need only a few sessions to restore safety and trust. You may want to invest in more to explore deep-rooted problems and discover new ways of resolving future difficulties. I usually work anywhere from 12 sessions to over a year. This said, I collaborate with you on how much time feels right, and you will always be able to choose to end sessions.

Where is your office?

The address: Office 19, Kingsway House, 134/140 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DL.
The building is on the corner of Church Road and Osborne Villas located above Moss Bros. The entrance is tucked away at the side of the building on Osborne Villas.

How much do sessions cost?

£100 for 50 minutes for couples

£80 for 50 minutes for individuals

You can pay by online transfer or cash. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you are looking for reduced fee services as I am happy to provide referrals. Payment is due 48 hours before the session and indicates confirmation of attendance. If payment is not received 48 hours before the meeting, I will assume that the appointment is not needed and offer it to clients on the waitlist. The full fee is payable for sessions cancelled within 48 hours of the booked appointment.

What are the next steps?
If you decide that you would like to work with me, we will set up weekly appointments. Sessions are 50 minutes, although longer appointments are possible. Please note, I do not work at weekends.
Do you offer Couples Intensives?

Yes, over one, two or three days. Please see EFT Couples Intensives and Couples Intensive FAQs for more information.

How does confidentiality in the sessions work?
I adhere to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists code of ethics. As such, I treat all information you divulge as confidential. I share information with my supervisor, who is bound by obligations of confidentiality, but anything shared will be anonymised.

If I believe you are in danger of harming yourself or others, or that a child is at risk, I must inform outside agencies. Wherever possible, however, I would discuss this with you first, and we would agree on a course of action.

Is there anything we can read or watch to help right now?

Please click here for more resources, both written and visual, on supporting your relationship.

Stance on Diversity

I aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and supported in connection with each other. 

It is my job to create safety for your experience without judgement or marginalisation as a result of religious/spiritual affiliation, race, ethnicity/national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health or disability. I work with people of all genders, sexual and or affectional orientations, and relationship structures.

Approaches, such as EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) are respectful and collaborative. I work to create a safe place to explore difficulties treating you as a person, not a problem or a type.

EFT is non‐pathologising in practice, inclusive and egalitarian. The scientific and theoretical base of EFT outlines fundamental universals, emotion and attachment while respecting individual differences within our experiences.

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