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 many 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 value the huge variety of LGBTQ identities and ways of being, and support individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds. 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 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 difficulties relating to people or low self-esteem. Some people simply want to address a general feeling of dissatisfaction and unease, 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.
I draw on humanistic and integrative approaches in my practice. If we worked together, I would encourage you to shape the therapeutic process with me, and to develop your inner resources and creativity.
I would work with you to understand how the past has influenced the present, to deepen self-awareness and catalyse change. I would invite you to talk about significant people and relationships in your life, and address unresolved issues and conflicts.
I would support you to express parts of yourself which have been denied or suppressed, so that your life and relationships could become richer and more authentic. The therapeutic relationship is the crucible of change, and a focus of my practice.
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.
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.
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.