personal and confidential counselling for individuals and couples
My work with individuals and couples involves me supporting you on a journey of self-awareness and understanding.
We can work together to help you relate to people and the world around you in a way which is meaningful to you.
My clients say that I am warm, approachable and easy to work with; it’s my aim to create a safe and understanding environment.
What to expect
Whether you are looking for some short term therapy, relationship or couples counselling, I can help you navigate difficult emotions, thoughts or behaviours to ease you forward. As an integrative therapist I draw on various models to support you as an individual. My experience working with Tavistock Relationships means I can provides a framework for couples therapy that is supportive and open-minded, with a focus on improving communication.
The first therapy session
Coming to therapy can feel scary and you might be wondering what we’ll do in the first session. Essentially the first session gives you the chance to see whether we can work well together. You may choose to say what brings you to therapy. I usually explain more about my approach to therapy and do my best to answer any questions you may have. At the end of the first session we can agree to work together, or you may want to think things over in your own time.
We’ll usually meet at the same time each week. Therapy gives you the regular opportunity to talk about anything that’s on your mind or any feelings you may have. Usually you will start talking rather than me setting the agenda.
Getting the most from your counselling
Counselling works best when we’re both clear on what you want to get out of it. You may start just wanting to feel better. Later on you may want to make specific changes to your life or make new decisions. We’ll have reviews to check you are getting what you want from our sessions and that the therapy is proving useful to you.
How many sessions?
There’s no simple rule of thumb to say how many sessions you may need, you will know best. You may find that a short series of therapy is enough to help you through a difficult time. Or you may have more deep-seated issues and concerns, perhaps arising from your childhood or teenage years. In that case, your therapy may need to be a longer process. Our reviews will help you to decide when to finish.
Paying for sessions
You can pay for sessions on the day by cash or cheque. You can also make direct transfers via online banking.
My initial career was within theatre where I worked as a director and a performer. Work with my own company overlapped theatre, contemporary dance and live art. Through working across these fields I developed a respect and trust in different performance languages and a greater capacity to engage with people both on and off stage. As well as delivering professional theatre workshops, I also taught drama in further education. My work within theatre and education has enabled me to develop skills in enhancing and supporting the creative potential of others.
Following my work in theatre, I spent a number of years deputy managing an adventure playground for children with special needs. This provided many wonderful moments for me to get in touch with the human capacity to embrace spontaneity, pursue joy and to be free. My experience in adventure playgrounds allows me confidence in providing a free and creative space for my clients to explore their thoughts and feelings.
I have since acquired more than ten years experience working within the field of social care; providing family support and therapeutic interventions to both adults and children.
Alongside my career as a therapist, I work in the voluntary sector as a Group Leader on a therapeutic group programme for couples experiencing relationship problems.
Advanced Diploma Integrative Humanistic Counselling
Diploma Integrative Humanistic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Studies
Graduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
BA(Hons) Theatre & Dramatic Arts
Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling, MBACP, BA(hons), PGCE Anthony Sidhu
Some of the areas of counselling I work with:
Addictions, Abuse, Personality disorders, Bereavement, Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Child related issues, Depression, Disabilities, Domestic violence, Eating disorders, Emotional abuse, Family issues, Feeling sad, Generalised anxiety disorder, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Panic disorder, Personality disorders, Physical abuse, Relationship issues, Self-harm, Sexual abuse, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, Work-related stress, relationship issues.
Cost & Availability
I am able to offer low cost counselling, starting at £35 per session for those on a low income or unwaged.
I have availability Monday-Thursday daytime and some early evenings.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and practice in accordance with their ethical framework.
Your+Space St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0RG
15 minutes walk from Warrior Sq. train station
Telephone 07986 348 031