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Couples Counselling in Brighton and Hove and Online

It is exhausting and painful to feel disconnected from your partner. It is also often the case that the harder you both try to close that distance, the further apart and lonely you both end up feeling.

Many people come to couples counselling six or seven years after they are both 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 coming to couples counselling mean we have failed?
It takes strength, not weakness, to seek support and to admit you are both 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. Couples 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 couples 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, one person in a couple is much more comfortable talking about feelings than the other. EFT is about sharing emotions, allowing us to understand our logical coping mechanisms in the relationship. 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 wanting to work on your relationship.

How long will we need to keep coming?
The number of sessions depends on how complicated your conflicts are and how receptive you both are to the process of couples 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 with couples 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.
Why do you offer a free 20-minute phone consultation call?

The initial 20-minute phone session has no charge. It is an opportunity to see if you both might feel comfortable working with me, and for us to briefly explore the reasons you are seeking support. At the end of this consultation, you are entirely free to go away and think about it, to book an appointment, or to ask me to recommend other practitioners. Call me on 07957 904130 or email to schedule.

Where is your office?
The address: Office 20, 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?

£70 for 50 minutes

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.
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 religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health or disability.

Approaches, such as EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples 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‚Äźpathologizing 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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Couples Counselling in Brighton and Hove and Online

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