Brighton LGBTQ Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Brighton LGBTQ Counselling
Welcome to Brighton LGBTQ Counselling. I am a BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist, with nineteen years experience in LGBTQ counselling, advocacy and support services. I offer online counselling and psychotherapy to LGBTQ adults in Brighton & Hove, and throughout the UK.
I counsel people from diverse backgrounds, and work with a broad spectrum of LGBTQ identities and ways of being. I provide a safe, confidential space where you can speak freely about problems that are affecting you and explore your fears, hopes and dreams.
Reasons for Counselling
We all have times when we need support to face current difficulties and resolve issues from our past. People often come to see me because they are struggling with the impact of challenging experiences, which they want to talk about in a safe setting. Many people are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, which they want help to navigate. Other people are feeling stuck, and need space and support to explore their options.
The therapeutic relationship can be profoundly transformative, enabling us to develop more creative, meaningful and fulfilling lives. I have experience supporting people to tackle a wide range of issues, including:-
Because we are all so different, I adapt my way of working to suit each person I counsel. Some people find that a few sessions are enough to help them move forward, while others want to explore issues in more depth.
LGBTQ Affirmative Counselling
Those of us who are lesbian, gay, bi, non-binary, trans or queer often need more support to thrive in predominantly straight and cis environments. Experiences of marginalisation and discrimination can leave us struggling with anxiety, stress, low self-worth, and significant emotional distress. It can make a huge difference to find an LGBTQ-identified and affirmative therapist who accepts you as you are, with warmth and understanding.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?
There is no clear-cut distinction between counselling and psychotherapy, but it can be helpful to think of them along a continuum. Counselling tends to be shorter term and more solution-focussed, while psychotherapy tends to be longer term and more exploratory.
Training & Experience
I trained as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. Integrative therapy is a flexible and inclusive way of working, which combines different therapeutic 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 began working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia. After moving to the UK, I combined private practice with work in LGBTQ services. I have managed Brighton & Hove's LGBT Community Forum, and the LGBT counselling service at Brighton & Hove Relate. I have also worked as a counsellor for Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard's Counselling Project.
I have counselled online for many years. People often feel more relaxed and open when they are in their own space, and I have found that online therapy relationships can have a unique depth and ease.
I offer weekday appointments via Zoom. I charge £60 per session, and introductory sessions are often available within a week.
As the quality of the therapeutic relationship has been shown to be one of the most significant factors in the process of growth and healing, 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 a session, please do get in touch, so 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 or texting me on 07811935806. I look forward to hearing from you.