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Counselling

 
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About counselling

“Therapy is often a matter of tipping the first domino”  Milton Erikson

There are times in everyone’s lives when we experience difficulties and issues that can feel overwhelming.  These problems and unresolved issues can hold us back and stop us from enjoying our lives and be fully present.

I believe that as individuals we all have our unique resources and our own ways of dealing with life challenges.

Even though at times we feel confused and lost, we all have the ability to know what is best for us. 

Talking to a therapist can help you to develop self-awareness and make sense of your life circumstances, leading you to personal growth and positive life changes.

I offer a confidential, non-judgemental, and safe space for you to make sense of things and speak freely about anything that concerns you.  I believe in self-determination and as a therapist, I will walk alongside you and encourage you to trust yourself and your resources and feel empowered as you take steps to improve your life and wellbeing.

Some things counselling can help you with:

Low self-esteem

Depression and anxiety

Stress

Self development

Lack of direction and poor quality of life

Feeling lost or confused

Sexuality and gender issues

Life transitions

Trauma and PTSD

Loss and bereavement

Relationship issues

What to expect

Your first session will be free of charge. This is an opportunity to discuss your expectations about counselling and to ask any question you might have.  As well as discussing your needs and hopes, we will agree on time of sessions, length of contract and fees.

Following sessions will last 50 minutes and will be offered on a weekly basis.
The number of sessions you will need depends on what you are hoping to gain from counselling.       

I offer short term as well as longer term counselling, face to face or online.

Confidentiality is an essential part of the counselling relationship and everything you bring to your session will be treated with discretion and respect and will be fully confidential.


About me

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I am a BACP registered humanistic counsellor with over 10 years’ experience.

I currently run my private practice in Brighton and Hove where I work with individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of issues. I have a background in mental health, having worked for a number of years as a mental health outreach and recovery worker. As well as working as a counsellor, I also worked as a tutor teaching counselling skills courses in a college setting.


I provide a safe, non-judgemental and accepting space for you to explore your life, thoughts and feelings. I believe that every person is unique and has the ability to change and grow towards their full potential.  My wish is to help you explore and make sense of things and find your own answers within yourself. I strongly believe in finding a way of working that most suits you, so I often draw on different therapeutic approaches to produce a unique therapy adapted to your needs. My work is trauma informed, and I am committed to continuing professional development and attend regular training and workshops to inform and broaden my practice.


Having a multi-cultural background, I welcome working with people for whom English is not their first language and offer counselling in both English and Italian.

I undergo regular clinical supervision and hold full insurance in line with the BACP guidelines for best practice.

I offer face-to-face and online counselling.

 
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Online Counselling

As well as face to face therapy from my counselling room, I offer online counselling. With the recent Coronavirus outbreak, lockdown and the need to self-isolate, online counselling has become increasingly popular for those who are not able to attend in person.

There are a lot of benefits to online counselling; flexibility, privacy, and convenience being some of them. It allows you to attend from the safety and comfort of your own home or from anywhere in the world. Online counselling can work particularly well if you travel for work, are housebound or cannot find a counsellor near you.  

All online sessions will take place on Zoom. It is a reliable platform, free to access and easy to use.

It is important that you connect from a secure and private space away from people, interruptions and where you can speak freely without being heard by others. Ideally from home or from a private office. This is to protect your confidentiality.

You will need a camera and a microphone on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone and a good and reliable wi-fi connection. Headphones can be useful and can offer you further privacy.


It might be a good idea to take some time after the session to do something relaxing and grounding before going back to any activity or work.


 

Contact

If you have any questions about the counselling I offer or would like to book a session, you can contact me using the form on this page.

The therapy room is centrally located in Hove.
On bus routes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 46, 49  (Stop: Hove Town Hall) and walking distance from Hove train station.
On-street parking is available - pay and display £1 p/h.

Avenue Counselling

10 The Drive 
Hove 
BN3 2JA

United Kingdom

Tel: 07505423182

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“A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.”

Carl Rogers

 

​​I offer a free introductory session to discuss your needs and decide if I am the right therapist for you.

Individuals:
On a scale from £45 - £55 - the fee is agreed with each individual client based on their financial circumstances.


Couples:

£70 for 50 minutes session

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