Brighton LGBTQ Online Counselling & Psychotherapy
“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 services. I offer online and phone counselling and psychotherapy to lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary and queer adults in Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas, and throughout the UK.
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.
Reasons for Counselling
Many people seek counselling 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 help in dealing with specific traits, such as compulsive thoughts, difficulties relating to people or low self-esteem. Some people simply want to undertake personal development in a safe and supportive environment.
At the moment, many people are seeking support to cope with the impact of coronavirus, which has changed our lives so much in such a short period of time. The upheaval brought about by the pandemic is profoundly affecting how we think, feel and relate. A safe and secure therapeutic relationship can provide an anchor in these unsettling and challenging times, and help us to develop and draw on our internal and external resources.
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 support. You may find that a few sessions are enough to help you move forward, or you may want to explore issues in more depth.
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 member of BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I began working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia nineteen years ago, 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.
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.
I offer weekday and early evening appointments, and introductory sessions are usually available within a week. My standard fees are £55 for individuals and £65 for couples. I also offer some short-term sessions on a sliding scale, based on what you can afford to pay.
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 me on 07811935806. I look forward to hearing from you.
“As soon as you meet Dana you know she will give you her full attention, with an intellect to match her compassion and warmth."
"Thank you Dana for your wonderful work, which has benefited me greatly."
“You made me feel at ease straight away.”
“You were really open and non-judgemental.”
“I knew I could trust you.”
“You inspired me with confidence.”
"You are a fantastic listener.”
"I felt very comfortable with you, and you were highly motivating.”
"You were enormously supportive.”
“You really helped me through a very difficult time in my life and for that I can not thank you enough. I know I would not have got through it without you."
"You can be confident that Dana draws upon a wide range of influences to understand the human condition and to support her clients with their therapeutic goals.”
“I would recommend Dana because of her highly developed skill set and her personal warmth.”
"Dana has exceptional people skills. She offers the very best of what you would expect from a counsellor and psychotherapist."