Dana CohenBrighton LGBTQ Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Brighton LGBTQ Counselling and Psychotherapy

“Thank you so much for enabling me to rediscover the joy and optimism in my life.”

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We all have times when we need support to face current difficulties and resolve issues from our past. LGBTQ affirmative 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, and value the huge diversity of LGBTQ experiences and identities. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary and queer individuals and couples in Brighton & Hove and online.

I provide a safe, confidential space in you can speak freely about issues that are affecting you and explore your fears, hopes and dreams. Over the past eighteen years, I have supported LGBTQ people from diverse backgrounds to tackle a wide range of issues, including:-

  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • bullying
  • coming out
  • feelings of being stuck
  • gender issues
  • issues around ageing
  • loneliness
  • low self-esteem
  • physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • relationship issues
  • redundancy and retirement
  • stress
  • trauma
  • work related issues

    Because people are so different in terms of what they want and need, I draw on a variety of LGBTQ affirmative perspectives in my practice. Some people find that a few sessions are enough to help them move forward, while others find that they benefit from more time in therapy.

    If you would like to find out more about how I work with individuals, please click here. More information about how I work with couples is available here.

  • LGBTQ Affirmative Counselling & Psychotherapy

    LGBTQ people often need additional support to thrive in predominantly straight and cis environments. LGBTQ affirmative therapy addresses the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals and couples, and acknowledges the impact of LGBTQ-phobia on our lives.

    I know myself what a difference it can make to find a therapist who is truly LGBTQ affirmative. I welcome LGBTQ people for who they are, creating a safe space where they can express themselves without fear of prejudice.

    Location, Hours and Fees

    My counselling and psychotherapy practice is in a tranquil setting close to Brighton and Sussex Universities (see map), and there is free parking on the road outside. I offer weekday and early evening appointments, and initial sessions are usually available within a week.

    Your first session is free. If you decide to continue working with me, I charge £50 for individual sessions and £60 for couple sessions.

    Training and Experience

    I have a Graduate Diploma in Individual Psychotherapy and Relationship Therapy and an MA in Women's Studies. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and adhere to their Ethical Framework.

    I began working as an LGBTQ affirmative counsellor and psychotherapist eighteen years ago. I have managed LGBT and couples counselling services at Brighton & Hove Relate, and the counselling service at Brighton & Hove Age UK.

    I have worked as a counsellor for a Brighton & Hove LGBT Counselling Project, as the Co-ordinator of Brighton & Hove's LGBT Community Forum, and as a clinical supervisor and counsellor at an employee assistance programme. Before moving to the UK from Australia, I combined private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist with work in women's refuges.

    Free Initial Session

    The quality of the therapeutic relationship is one of the most significant factors in the process of growth and healing, so it is important to find an LGBTQ affirmative counsellor or psychotherapist with whom you feel at ease. I offer a free introductory session so you can see if you feel comfortable talking with me and ask any questions you might have.

    If you would like to book a session, please do get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.

    “I would like to thank you for what you have done for me, and for your kindness and support. I feel so much more in control of my life and my own happiness."

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