Counselling & Psychotherapy Brighton

People come to counselling or psychotherapy for many reasons. Some may be feeling unhappy, dissatisfied or anxious about life without knowing why, and just feel they would like to talk to someone in confidence.

For others it may be a significant event such as a relationship breakdown or bereavement which prompts them to contact us. They may be distressed at feeling they are acting out of character.

The stresses and anxieties of life affect us in all kinds of ways. It could be difficulty sleeping, and feelings of anger and irritability which do not seem to go away.

Some of us develop phobias, become depressed, or find we are having problems with our physical health or eating patterns. Relationships can suffer, and it is easy to become reliant on alcohol or other substances in order to try to cope.

In offering a confidential and non-judging relationship, counselling and psychotherapy aim to help people to speak about things they might find difficult to talk about in other settings.

Programmes of counselling or psychotherapy range from a few sessions to open-ended contracts in which people can continue to meet for as long as they and their therapist feel they need.

There are no hard and fast distinctions between counselling and psychotherapy. Generally speaking, counselling tends to focus on specific issues and to continue for fewer sessions, while psychotherapy is undertaken in the longer term and is an opportunity for people to explore their concerns in depth and breadth.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help with:

  • Depression, bereavement, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and other anxiety- related problems, post-traumatic stress, past trauma, childhood abuse, grief and loss.
  • Stress, work-related pressures, redundancy, study or academic anxiety.
  • Family problems, cultural identity, relationship difficulties, sexuality, gender issues, and sexual difficulties.
  • Feelings related to physical health, caring for somebody with health problems, coping with disability, pregnancy- related difficulties, self-harm and food/eating- related problems.

Deciding to start counselling or psychotherapy is an important step, which can lead to new ways of thinking and feeling, and thus to coping more creatively with life’s difficulties. It can open the way to more fulfilling relationships, through better understanding of oneself and others.

For more information available about the models of counselling and psychotherapy you can speak with one of our counsellors and psychotherapists.