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 26 years.
The Hanover area of Brighton is near Queen's Park.1 Map
Break in March
I shall be taking some days off during the period 24th March to 4th April. Please feel free to contact me during those times; but I shall not be able to respond to you until after I come back.
What sort of clients do I work with?
I see a lot of clients who struggle with compulsions, particularly those trying to come to terms 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 6 under the Frequently Asked Questions page.
You may 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.
If you contact me by 'phone and need to leave a message, it will be helpful if you can repeat any contact phone numbers, slowly; it is not always easy to decipher numbers off my answerphone.
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 proper interview before giving me the job!
Thereafter I can usually offer my services at a reduced rate to those who cannot afford to pay my full standard rate; and I am always open to renegotiating fees if your circumstances change. I cannot see that you are likely to get any benefit from sessions if you are worrying about money.
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 small dog in the house. He is perfectly friendly, but I appreciate that my services may not be helpful to anyone with pet allergies or for anyone who is anxious around animals. I would add that, if you are nervous around animals, then, so long as you tell me in advance, I can undertake to make sure that the dog is out of your way when you arrive.
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 mostly 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 Holland St., on the opposite side of Southover St., that accepts credit cards.
Islingword Street is a one-way street, with access from Southover Street only.
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.
Please see note 1 under the Frequently Asked Questions page.
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 2
3For more information on sex and pornography addiction please see Frequently Asked Questions, note 3