LGBTQ Affirmative Counselling in Brighton & Online
“Thank you so much for enabling me to rediscover the joy and optimism in my life.”
Welcome to Brighton LGBTQ Counselling
We all have times when we need support to face current difficulties or 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 nineteen years experience in LGBTQ counselling, advocacy and support services. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary and queer adults in Brighton & Hove, and online throughout the UK.
I counsel individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds, and support a huge variety of LGBTQ identities and ways of being. 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.
Reasons for Counselling
Many people come for counselling and psychotherapy because they are struggling with the impact of 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 support to change the way they relate to themselves and others. Some people simply want to address a general feeling of dissatisfaction and unease, or to explore their options 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.
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. You may find that a few sessions are enough to help you move forward, or you may want to explore issues in more depth.
I draw on a variety of therapeutic perspectives in my practice. I encourage clients to shape the therapeutic process with me, and to develop their inner and outer resources and creativity.
I work with people to understand how the past has influenced the present, to deepen self-awareness and catalyse change. I talk with many clients about their significant relationships, and support them to address unresolved issues and conflicts. I encourage people to express parts of themselves which have been denied or suppressed, so that their lives and relationships can become richer and more authentic.
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 began working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia, alongside work in women's refuges. After moving to the UK, I combined private practice with work in LGBT 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.
My practice is in a peaceful setting with free parking, a short cycle ride from central Brighton, and close to bus and train routes. I charge £55 for individual sessions and £65 for couples. I offer weekday and early evening appointments, and introductory sessions are usually available within a week. At the moment, I am offering all sessions online via Skype or Zoom, or by phone.
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 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 me on 07811935806. I look forward to hearing from you.