East Sussex Counselling
Talk has power
Talking is a simple human act. It is the basis for communication. Talking helps us share what is on our minds with other people. However the pressures of daily life mean we rarely get the chance to talk things through objectively with people around us. Often when we try to express ourselves, what we actually need to communicate becomes lost when people fail to understand what we want to convey. As we struggle to make sense of our situation we may find ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that surrounds us.
After many years counselling countless people, I have found ways to help people disentangle their complex stories, and put their important thoughts into perspective
What does a counsellor do?
I will listen to you with compassion and without judgement. Much happens to people throughout their lives, the paths we find ourselves on, the choices we made to arrive where we are today, circumstances beyond control which influenced, or forced the decisions we made. One thing is certain, each journey is unique. As a counsellor I do not hold opinions, or reserve any judgement, your story is rich and meaningful. I will help you see your situation with greater clarity.
I will help you to address your problems, together we will clarify any issues that remain obscured. I will be there to provide much-needed support when things are difficult.
Counselling is confidential. Everything you discuss with me is private1. I will not discuss your material with any other person except my clinical supervisor2
(1The exception is when I hear something that threatens your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others – it is my duty of care to report this to the necessary parties.
2 All BACP counsellors must regularly report to their clinical supervisors
These legal requirements will be explained to you in more detail during the first counselling session.)
What can a counsellor help with?
I work across a range of emotional health issues and significant life events
Anyone who is struggling with a personal concern can seek counselling. No issue is too big or too small to ask for support. Common issues that people seek counselling for include:
- Alcohol, and substance misuse
- Sexual abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Eating disorders
- PTSD and trauma
- Sexual problems
It is important that any counsellor you see is registered with a professional body, such as British Association of Psychotherapists (BACP): Choosing a practitioner who is a BACP registered member gives you an assurance that the counsellor meets the standards of professionalism and ethical practice necessary to practice safely.
We communicate and learn from others through language. Further to this, we make sense of our inner world and our experience by running a continuous dialogue with ourselves. It is by these conversations that we come to understand the world around us.