Brighton LGBTQ Counselling
“Thank you so much for enabling me to rediscover the joy and optimism in my life.”
We all have times when we need support to face current difficulties and resolve issues from our past. The process of counselling and psychotherapy can be profoundly transformative, enabling us to develop more creative, meaningful and fulfilling lives.
What I Offer
I am a registered LGBTQ affirmative counsellor and psychotherapist, with many years experience in private practice, work-based and LGBTQ counselling and psychotherapy services. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary and queer individuals and couples in Brighton & Hove and online.
I value the huge diversity of LGBTQ identities and experiences, and work with a broad spectrum of LGBTQ lifestyles. I provide a safe, confidential space in which you can speak freely about problems that are affecting you and explore your fears, hopes and dreams.
Training and Experience
I trained as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. Integrative therapy is a flexible and inclusive way of working, which combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the specific needs of individual clients.
I have a Graduate Diploma in Individual Psychotherapy and Relationship Therapy and an MA in Women's Studies. I am a registered member of BACP, and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I began working as an counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia eighteen years ago, alongside work in women's refuges. After moving to the UK, I combined private counselling & psychotherapy practice with work in LGBTQ and employee assistance services.
I have managed Brighton & Hove's LGBT Community Forum, and an LGBT couples counselling service. I have also worked as a counsellor for Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard's Counselling Project; and managed Brighton & Hove Relate.
Reasons for Counselling
Many people come for counselling or psychotherapy because they have had distressing or stressful experiences which they want to talk about in a safe setting, such as childhood experiences and major life transitions. Other people want help in dealing with specific traits, such as difficulties relating to people or low self-esteem. Sometimes people simply want space to explore a general feeling that their lives aren't quite right, or to undertake personal development in a safe and supportive environment.
I have experience working with a wide range of issues, including:-
Because people are so different in terms of what they want and need, I adapt my way of working to suit each person I counsel. You may find that a few sessions are enough to help you move forward, or you may want to explore issues in more depth.
My practice is in a peaceful setting with free parking (see map), and is easily accessibly by bus and train. I charge £55 for individual sessions and £65 for couple sessions. I offer weekday and early evening appointments, and introductory sessions are usually available within a week.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?
There is no definitive distinction between counselling and psychotherapy, but it may be helpful to see them as being at either ends of a scale. At one end of the scale would be short-term counselling to deal with a specific issue in the present. At the other end would be longer-term psychotherapy to deal with deep rooted issues, exploring past relationships and experiences to understand why they are still causing distress.
The quality of the therapeutic relationship has been shown to be one of the most significant factors in the process of growth and healing, so it is important to find a counsellor or psychotherapist with whom you feel at ease. If you would like to have a chat before booking an initial session, please do get in touch, so that you can see if you feel comfortable talking with me and ask any questions you might have. You can contact me now via email or by calling me on 07811935806. I look forward to hearing from you.