Dip Integrative Counsellor, MSc Substance Misuse, BA Psychology & Management StudiesCall Now
Hello, as you are aware, my name is Simon. I welcome all, regardless of any individual’s characteristic. I strive to celebrate, protect, and safeguard the right for people to express gender and sexual identity, race, and ethnic background as well as religious or cultural centricities. I offer affordable face to face and online counselling. My approach is Integrative. This takes the premise that people are multifaceted and complex and thus, by blending a plethora or converging approaches we can create a potent and effective way of exploring and working with issues. You can find further information on my website if interested. (click above) In all, I help people find balance, acceptance, direction, and empowerment in their lives. This can help people with anxiety or low self esteem issues as well addiction and relationship issues. I will work with you in a collaborative and supportive manner to explore your emotions, thoughts and behaviours. This may include working through uncomfortable issues and challenges. To support this, I strive to create a welcoming, warm, genuine relationship that is non judgemental, empathic and of positive regard. Within this relationship we will create a safe space where you can fully express yourself and develop assets to live adaptively and creatively. I will walk alongside you, on your path, allowing you, to feel heard, respected and understood. A little bit about me.................. As much as I have seen this city change over the years, I too have been on a personal journey of development and change. Not always wanting it, but realising that life can give you ‘unwanted gifts.’ These are things you may not want to deal with but through overcoming these obstacles and challenges we can become wiser, empowered and show more compassion and understanding in the world. I spent my twenties and early thirties in a bubble of confusion, intrigue and excess as a musician (guitarist), music producer, production manager and club promoter. Over time I became interested in self help, spirituality and therapy, trying to develop myself and support others based upon my innate and learned abilities and wanting to alienate pain and stress in myself and others. I did a degree, diploma and masters and began my counselling trajectory. My forties saw me engage in martial arts, creative writing, and family life. However, as with every decade, or phase of growth assets grew and new confounded challenges arose. Here, in my fifties, I still play guitar, work in the drug and alcohol sector as well as in private practice and feel more settled in myself than I have for a long time. So, in a nutshell, over the last forty years I have found life ‘profound and meaningless,’ got lost in a maze of meaning, found a way out again, lost myself again, found myself again and then realised that, really, it’s all a process, a journey with highs and lows. I believe that our development, growth and identity is very personal to each person, and I will be proud to accompany you along you path should you require my service.
My approach within counselling/psychotherapy is Integrative. I blend traditional and contemporary therapeutic approaches to allow a fluid, comprehensive and open way of viewing and working with people. I collaborate and strive to create an honest, safe and respectful relationship with clients. Whilst we engage, you will have my utmost unconditional positive regard. I’ll be me, as authentic as I can be, empathic, present, non-judgmental, and completely in the mix at hopefully just the right potency in supporting you.
In regard to my 'therapeutic credentials' as it were, I have been a qualified counsellor since 2014. I worked at CRI Addiction Services and BHT Wellbeing Service for a while before going into private practice. Alongside this, and since 2000 I worked in therapeutic and social support settings including HMP, outreach support, young people's and alcohol and drug services. I currently work for a residential rehabilitation service. I have supported a wide variety of people. I know first hand that lasting change and recovery is possible. I hold a BA in Psychology and Management Studies (Sussex University), a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (CPCAB) as well as a MSc in Substance Misuse (Sussex University). I have worked for Brighton University as a part time lecturer for their Critical Addiction Studies course and other freelance positions in a trainer capacity. I am an Advanced Practitioner for the Addiction Professionals and an Individual Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
- Addiction Therapy
- Behavioural Therapy
- Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
- Emotionally Focused
- Integral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Person Centered Therapy