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East Sussex Counselling

Jeremy Goodman,

BACP registered clinical counsellor.

Specialising in short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy for a range of issues, from day-to-day worries to complex psychological conditions.

Talk has power

Talking help us share what is on our minds with other people; we also use an internal ‘talk’ or dialogue with ourselves as a means of describing and understanding events in our lives 

Talking is a simple human act, yet the pressures of life cause so much misunderstanding. As people struggle to make sense of their situation they are frequently overwhelmed by the seemingly conflicting information that surrounds them. In my profession as a counsellor, through speaking with countless clients from rich and varied backgrounds I have gained a wealth of insight which enables me to help others see their lives objectively. 

What does a counsellor do?

  • A Counsellor will:
  • Help you examine your emotional life and explore any underlying issues that may be causing problems.
  • Explore any behavioural or relationship difficulties that you are presently faceing
  • Support you in make the necessary decisions that will improve your personal well-being.
  • Help you find ways to deal with whatever is holding you back in life.
  • Help you evaluate what is going on for you

What can a counsellor help with?

Counsellors work across a diverse range of emotional health issues and significant life events including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, work/career, self-esteem, anger, eating disorders, trauma, bereavement, phobias, addiction, OCD, sexual problems and self-development.

Talking therapy

Therapy sessions begin with discussing  issues concerning the client, usually there follows  a collecting of background information and personal history which helps establish a context for present circumstances. Discussion progresses over subsequent meetings, whereby counsellors use their expertise and wisdom to focus on the most relevant connections. This process helps clients gain insight to areas of their thoughts and feelings that may have previously overlooked. Seeing events from a new perspective enables people to understand their situation with increased clarity.

More than ever before people are getting to experience the beneficial effects of speaking with a professionally trained counsellor. Friends and family are valuable source of help to many people (but sadly not all) yet, psychotherapy training informs practitioners what is really important and often hidden in everyday conversation. Further to this therapists’ impartiality allows them to meet clients openly, without judgement, and will have the skills to remain objective throughout. Often people who are close to us have a vested interest in the same issues as the person who needs help. This is really where therapists can help clarify what may be obscured. Their training will have been extensive and will inform them of what is really important in what is being conveyed through dialogue.

It cannot be over-emphasised just how important it is to ensure that any counsellor you see is registered with a professional bodies, such as British Association of Psychotherapists (BACP):  Choosing a practitioner who is a BACP registered member gives you an assurance that they meet the standards of proficiency and ethical practice you would expect.

We communicate and learn from others through language, we make sense of our inner world and our experience by running a dialogue with ourselves. It is by these conversations that we come to understand the world around us.

Knowing what to do next can be difficult. You may know you need help, yet have no idea who to speak to, or what it is you actually need. The thing is, when you’re finding life difficult, keeping things to yourself is unlikely to help.