MBACP. Cruse Accred.
Town: Eastbourne (View Map)
Postcode: BN23 6LF
Phone: 07816 384491
Counselling in Eastbourne
I am here to help with difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression and loss which can leave us feeling, isolated, confused and that no one could understand or help. All feelings are normal under the circumstances and, for 20 years, I have been passionate about the effectiveness of Integrative Counselling, which tailors the different approaches to each client’s needs on a wide range of Issues. Most importantly, you need to feel truly listened to and understood at your own pace. Counselling can help you to achieve clarity and balance, which can lead to a more fulfilling and positive way forward.
I provide a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment to confidentially explore and process difficult thoughts and feelings around issues such as Anger, Bereavement, Abuse and bullying, Low confidence and Self-esteem, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Self harm and suicidal feelings in a way that is helpful to you. No feelings are wrong, but sometimes they can lead us to make unhelpful choices.
Integrative counselling is based on the humanistic philosophy that places importance on human dignity and an intrinsic need for continual growth towards our full potential to lead fulfilling lives. It is when other people, events or society block this potential that an inner conflict (suppressed or otherwise) can begin. Also an inability to communicate and express ourselves effectively with others can lead to a feeling of disconnectedness and ‘not being a part of it all.’
I use such therapies as Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal, Gestalt, Cognitive/ Behavioural Therapy and relaxation. It is important to find out what is helpful and what is not, in an honest and open way. By developing a warm and trusting relationship between clients and myself, positive ways forward can be achieved.
I am passionate about counselling and the potential it has for an effective and happier way forward. When it becomes too hard to see the wood for the trees, to have someone to walk with along the difficult and often scary path, without judgement or someone ‘telling’ us what to do, can empower us to find peace and balance.
I am also in the process of finding a Publisher/Agent for my book, ‘Normal under the Circumstances’ ( a DIY for the emotions ) which offers general help and understanding for mental turmoil.
Qualifications and experience
- NCFE Diploma in counselling
- Member of BACP
- Cruse accredited
- Has been in the field of counselling for 17 years
- A counsellor for Hastings College for 3 years
- Person centred
- Brief solution focused
- Cognitive Behavioural
- Transactional Analysis
- Relaxation techniques with NLP
- Life Coaching
Issues I work with
- Self esteem
- Difficult relationships
- Separation and divorce
- Bereavement and loss
- Miscarriage and Abortion
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Telephone or email counselling possible once counselling relationship is established
- £40 for a 50 minute individual session
- £45 for couples
- £35 for students on counselling course
I can do local home visits for £5 additional fee.
Our sessions together
Your first appointment will last an hour and I will explain more about the aspect of confidentiality and timing to allow you to be clear on your safety needs and take a few details about yourself and your life. During our first appointment you will get to feel whether you would benefit from counselling and wish to continue seeing me. There will be time to discuss your needs even if you decide not to continue.
You do not have to be clear as to what your problem is, or indeed, whether or not you have a problem at all. It can, however, help you to get the most out of your first session, if you reflect beforehand about the following questions;
- What would I like to feel so I knew I no longer needed counselling?
- How long has this been going on?
- How widely does this affect my life?
- What are my thoughts, feelings and or actions surrounding this problem.?
- What do I hope the result of counselling to be?
If, on the other hand, you feel very clear about your situation and what you want to gain from counselling, bear in mind that your expectations could change during your sessions.
Once you decide you want to continue, we will usually aim for a first set of six sessions (though, of course, this can be less if you do not feel the need for them). We will review where you are in the process at about the fifth session and whether you would like to carry on with further sessions. Sessions are continually reviewed every six weeks. This system though is not set in stone and can be adapted to suit different needs.
An ending session is contracted between you and my self when you feel the time is right and this is a very important part of the counselling process.
There is the number 1a bus that comes every ten minutes at peak times from the town centre, not far from the bus station.
Or you can park easily on my driveway at home.
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