Counselling and Therapy in Brighton & Hove
I live and work in the Hanover area of Brighton, and have been practising as a humanistic2 counsellor/therapist for over 20 years.
The Hanover area of Brighton is near Queen's Park.1 Map
Break over Christmas
I shall be taking a week off over the Christmas and New Year period.
I shall not, therefore be seeing clients between Tuesday 24th December and Thursday 2nd January inclusive.
Feel free to contact me during that period; and understand that there may be a delay before you receive a response.
What sort of clients do I work with?
I see a lot of clients who identify as addicts, or who have problems with compulsive behaviours, particularly those struggling with behavioural addictions such as sex or pornography addiction.
I am willing to talk through any other difficulties you may have, whether these come under the heading of addiction/compulsion or not. These include depression and anxiety, as well as relationship problems, sexuality and sexual identity.
Sex addiction, including addiction to pornography, is an area that I have particular experience of working with.3
I work exclusively one-to-one with individuals. I do not work with couples.
I do not normally work with anyone under the age of 25; though I have occasionally made exceptions. Please see note 5 under the Frequently Asked Questions page.
My work space is accessible by wheelchair - though please see note 18 under the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Please feel free to contact me either by ‘phone on 01273 239597 or by email, and I shall be happy to arrange an initial session to talk through your concerns.
I do not charge for your first session . This gives us both a chance to see whether we can work together, without your having to commit financially at this stage.
This is your chance to interview me. After all, if you're going to pay me for a service, you have a right to give me a thorough audition before giving me the job!
I can usually offer my services at a reduced rate to those who cannot afford to pay my full standard rate.
I can also offer counselling at a reduced rate to counsellor training students. Please note, however, that, if your course provider requires you to have a counsellor accredited with either BACP or UKCP, then I shall not be able to serve you.
For more information on fees and contact please see the Fees Availability & Contact page.
There is a cat in the house, and, until recently, there was also a dog - traces of the dog undoubtedly still remain. My services may not therefore be suitable to anyone with pet allergies.
Access and Parking
There is a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in this area - 9am to 8pm, seven days a week. There are pay spaces immediately outside my house. The current charge is £1 per hour; payment is via Pay-by-phone. Guyatri News at 46 Southover Street can also accept payment; though they are not open on a Sunday afternoon. There is also a single machine in Grove St., just down the hill and on the opposite side of Southover St., that accepts credit cards.
Islingword Street is a one-way street, with access from Southover Street only.
Please note that, if coming by car and driving into Brighton down the A270, Lewes Road, you may encounter heavy traffic around the retail estate opposite Coombe Road. A new branch of ALDI has opened there in October 2018, and it rather looks as though parking needs on the estate were under-estimated. This is liable to cause tailbacks in either direction. This would seem to be the particular case on Saturdays and Sundays.
If this is likely to be your normal route, then you might want to consider going further to the east, via Falmer Rd, Warren Rd, Elm Grove and Queen's Park Road. Either way, on a Saturday or Sunday think about allowing an extra twenty minutes for your journey.
Addiction and Twelve-Step Fellowships
I am very familiar with twelve-step fellowships (on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous) and recognise both their benefits and limitations. Though I no longer go to meetings, I attended 12-step groups for nearly 20 years, and shall always be grateful for the support that I found there.
I will always support clients in finding support through groups, and I see no conflict between attending a group and working with me.
I also understand that some clients do not like groups of any sort. In other words, I will work with you whether you want to continue to be supported by a self-help group, or do not find such support helpful.
1The Hanover area of Brighton lies between the Lewes Road and Queen's Park, not far from Kemptown. For more details see the Fees Availability & Contact page. Map
2For more information on humanistic counselling please see Frequently Asked Questions, note 1
3For more information on sex and pornography addiction please see Frequently Asked Questions, note 2