Hi, my name's Beccy. I am a BACP registered counsellor working with adults and young people in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex.
My core training is person-centred, part of the humanistic framework. Essentially, person centred counselling focuses on your ability to self-actualise, that means, to grow and fulfil your own unique potential in life. It is a non-directive therapy, meaning that you decide what to bring to each session. I will be led by you and work at your pace. Some other types of counselling focus on the counsellor being an 'expert.' Person-centred counselling is different in this way, placing you, the client, as the expert of your life. Being in person-centred counselling is a fluid, dynamic process and can be a very real way of relating to one another. I offer a genuine relationship where I will be honest about how I experience you. I will endeavour to see the world through your eyes and understand your experiences and the meaning they hold in your life. This particular type of therapy can prove to be transformative on many levels. You may feel more able to explore and understand how past experiences have affected you. You may become more aware of your ‘inner critic’ and cultivate a kinder voice to yourself. You might gain greater self-awareness and deepen your ability to identify what you want in life. You may be able to choose healthier relationships. You may be able to let go of negative thinking patterns and experience a more integrated sense of self. Below are some of the issues I can help you with, however, please don't think any problem is too small to bring to counselling, if it’s bothering you, it's important. anxiety low self-esteem living authentically bereavement / loss life changes / transitions relationship / friendship issues change in family dynamics depression identity abuse self-harm bullying unhelpful thought patterns work / academic pressure
I work with many different people from all walks of life and see both adults and young people in private practice. I also work for Sussex University as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor providing one-to-one support for students. Previously I have worked as a counsellor for the nationwide charity Change, grow, live (CGL) and also for the YMCA’s local counselling service. I have also gained valuable experience working at St. Barnabas’ hospice and completed additional specialist training in the area of bereavement. I have a degree in person-centred counselling from Brighton University and hold a fully enhanced DBS enabling me to work with children and adults. I am a fully insured, registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework. As part of my on-going commitment to professional development I have regular clinical supervision and attend regular training and workshops. Further training includes: Trauma and the body based approach (Bessel van der Kolk) / on-line therapy training / gender and sexual identity / understanding and valuing difference / working with risky adolescents / working with autism / anxiety and depression in adolescence / ASIST: suicide intervention / Grassroots: self-harm prevention / attachment theory / trauma and adolescents / bereavement and loss / mindfulness