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
In the light of the current health scare, it might be helpful to explain where I stand, and how we may, or may not, be able to help one another if you decide that you want to come and see me.
So far as my own health is concerned, I feel pretty relaxed around the whole thing, and I am quite happy to see you, regardless of your personal circumstances.
If you feel ill on the day that you're due to come and see me then I have no difficulty with your cancelling at short notice.
Things may, of course, be very different for you if either your own general state of health puts you into a high risk group, or you are closely associated with someone from a high risk group. Since I am myself, as I say, fairly relaxed around this issue, I can't in any way guarantee a space that is virus free; though I am happy to maintain a respectful distance between us at all times if that makes it easier for you.
I have to add, however, that I am not able to provide telephone or video counselling, so, if you do not feel confident about meeting face to face at the present time, then you may be best advised to look elsewhere.
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 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!
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 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