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1. Jessica Valentine - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN WORK RELATED STRESS • DEPRESSION • ANXIETY • PTSD

I provide counselling, life coaching, online support and complimentary therapies in Brighton and Hove. If you are looking for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), psychotherapy, online therapy, international retreats and online counselling support, I can help! Learn how to manage anxiety, depression, anger, bereavement, work stress, career changes, Learning Disorders, Asperger's, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), build confidence, teach parenting skills, improve self-esteem and more. It’s good to talk. I offer a non-judgement, safe place so that you can off load or be supported.
2. Andrea Gavin - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN WORKPLACE STRESS • ANXIETY • PANIC ATTACKS • DEPRESSION • SELF ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE ISSUES • BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS • FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP ISSUES • ABUSE • ANGER MANAGEMENT • WORK/LIFE BALANCE

I offer support with low mood, depression, worry, anxiety, panic as well as relationship issues such as domestic violence, affairs or divorce. Similarly, I offer therapy for people impacted by trauma, loss or grief , work related difficulties, pregnancy, childbirth and life events/changes. Prior clients tell me I am compassionate, honest, culturally sensitive and down-to-earth in my approach.

After studying Psychology, I worked in Adult Mental Health working with people experiencing huge change and emotional instability. Later, as a counsellor within a College setting I offered therapy to students managing bullying, exam stress, identity/relationship issues and self-harm. I have also worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in the NHS providing brief therapy for people referred by their GP for mild-severe depression or anxiety. In addition, I have managed therapeutic teams and services supporting trainee counsellors and therapists working towards accreditation.

Some of the settings I have worked in include:
- Prison services
- In-patient/outpatient Mental Health
- Wellbeing Clinics
- Colleges
- Employment Services
- Minority Community Groups
- GP/NHS Clinics

In additional to my private practice, I work as an online therapist supporting individuals referred by their GP/IAPT service for brief therapy.

Areas I have experience and interest in are:

- emotional and psychological wellbeing
- personal development
- sadness, sense of feeling stuck, lack of motivation and drive to include clinical depression
- stress, anxiety, worry and panic to include physiological symptoms (irritability, panic attacks)
- grief, loss and adjustment: bereavement, major life transition i.e. loss of job; child; parent
- self identity: family role/status, cultural identity; self-esteem and self worth
- self-regulation: difficulties in managing/experiencing emotions as well as self-harm
- change or conflict in relationships: divorce, domestic violence, childbirth
- Uncertainty/loss of direction
- Expat issues
3. Ann Allega - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN AMERICAN EXPATRIATES • ADDICTIONS • WORK RELATED STRESS • RELATIONSHIP ISSUES • EXPATRIATE RELOCATION STRESS • FAMILY DYNAMICS • PTSD • ANGER MANAGEMENT • ANXIETY • DEPRESSION • LOW SELF ESTEEM • ADHD

Hello, my name is Ann and I am a registered member of the BACP. I have significant experience in online counselling and as a result I firmly believe in its benefits. I have done online and phone counselling myself and I found it to be effective. I've worked with lots of people who have never experienced counselling before and I am aware that this can be an anxiety provoking and nervous experience. However, based on my experience I am of the opinion that the release of speaking about something which you may have kept private for a long time is extremely cathartic. If you've come this far, I can offer you confidential and encouraging support through whatever it is you wish to work through. You may not even know what that is! Just that it might be time to talk to someone. My previous career was in the corporate world where I worked for over fifteen years in the beer industry. I'm an American expatriate having first moved to London in 2004. One of my special areas of interest is helping American expats adjust emotionally and psychologically with all the differences they face in the United Kingdom. I know because I faced the same challenges. In addition, I can work with any issue you wish to bring to me. As a registered member of BACP, I am committed to my continual personal and professional development and also work in accordance with their ethical framework for good practice.
6. Suzy Cohen - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN ADDICTION • DRUG & ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE • SUBSTANCE MISUSE • RELAPSE PREVENTION • SUPPORTING FAMILY MEMBERS • CO-DEPENDENCY • ANXIETY DISORDERS • DEPRESSION & LOW MOODS • SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES • TRAUMA

I have over twenty-five years’ experience working in the field of well-being as a mental health professional supporting clients with a variety of emotional and psychological difficulties. I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse client demographic and as a result I harbour a deep appreciation of the uniqueness and individuality of my clients and the issues they bring to therapy. My approach to therapy is to respond to my clients as unique individuals and as such over the years I have developed skills that enable me to utilise a variety of therapeutic approaches. I have a particular interest in anxiety, low mood states and addictive behaviour. As a result I have been able to develop skills and resources to enable me deliver a therapeutic programme that facilitates an understanding of the root cause of emotional problems as well as the management of such issues. I work in a holistic fashion which nurtures strengths and individual potential.
7. Sally Barrett - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN DEPRESSION • ANXIETY • LOW SELF ESTEEM • LOSS and GRIEF • DOMESTIC and CHILD ABUSE

I have a background in pastoral care in Higher Education, providing one-to-one guidance to students, so I have an understanding of the issues young adults can face. I was inspired by the new lease of life my own counsellor helped me to achieve, and felt empowered to help others get in touch with their best self, through understanding and acceptance, which led me to train as a counsellor.

My aim is to help you explore difficult situations, behaviours and outlooks in your life and work with you to find acceptance. As an integrative counsellor I have a person-centered, creative yet structured approach to sessions. I combine a variety of methods that work for you, including psychodynamic techniques and sometimes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches. I have a personal research interest in pre-menstrual mood disorders.
8. Lauren Stock - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN DEPRESSION (chronic long term or recent episode) • PANIC DISORDER • STRESS MANAGEMENT • SOCIAL PHOBIA • LOW SELF ESTEEM • GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER • OCD • MANAGEMENT OF SELF HARM THOUGHTS and ACTS

To put quite simply, I feel that all individuals experience different levels of adversity and emotional pain at various moments in life. The extent to which we cope with this depends on factors ranging from our early experiences of nurturing, family and friendship groups, financial and social deprivation to our daily acts of self care and our values.

When we come up against problems such as crippling self doubt, self attacking thoughts, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, panic and obsessional worrying, it is important that we should receive safe, effective and supportive help. I believe that offering people the opportunity to tell their story from wherever feels right, to understand their problems in detail and to decide the various directions to take is a form of self care.

The majority of my professional experience has been withthe NHS as a psychologist working in the field of primary care mental health, hospital outpatients and Public Health for the last 10 years. This has involved developing and running self-management groups for managing common mental health difficulties and also helping GPs to identify early signs of depression in order to manage their symptoms sooner. My current role involves working in a team with Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses and GPs to offer mental health treatment planning.
I continue to work for the NHS in the main because I feel that this reflects the realities of life and the systems which continue to challenge us all.
9. Eugene Gallagher - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN RELATIONSHIPS • MARITAL BREAK UP • AFFAIRS; PARENTING • ANXIETY • ASPERGER'S • SELF-ESTEEM • ARGUMENTS and COMMUNICATION

Whether, individually, as a couple or as a family you have relationship issues then I can assist you in exploring and resolving them in a calm, reflective non-judgemental manner. I am a member of the BACP and have a MA in Relationship Therapy. I believe that many of the challenges or issues we my struggle to deal with are relational in nature or in origin and taking a broad view of how you feel about yourself relative to others and how you interact with others, particularly those closest to you, helps you understand and deal with these challenges.
9.1 Kala Patel - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN WORK RELATED ISSUES • STRESS • SUICIDAL IDEATION • DEPRESSION • ANXIETY • AIDS/HIV • ABUSE • ADOPTION ISSUES • BEREAVEMENT • CHILD RELATED ISSUES • CULTURAL ISSUES • DISABILITY • HEALTH RELATED ISSUES • IDENTITY PROBLEMS • LOSS • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT • PREGNANCY RELATED ISSUES • REDUNDANCY • SELF-ESTEEM • SELF-HARM • SEXUAL IDENTITY • SEXUALITY • SPIRITUALITY • WOMEN'S ISSUES

I have over 20 years of experience enabling adults and young people to make sense of chaos and helping them to mend broken hearts and minds. I am a registered MBACP counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor with a MA and Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a long-standing practitioner and Supervisor I enable less experienced colleagues to understand what is going on in their therapeutic work with clients. Counselling and Psychotherapy work has included: Private Practice; the EAP based within Occupational Health at George Eliot Hospital; Leicester College; and PPC (UK) Ltd. Volunteering included Open Door, NW Leicestershire MIND and as the Editor of the BACP RACE Journal. I taught on counselling programmes at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and with the Open University on Death and Dying and Introduction to Counselling modules until 2016.