What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a technique used for the treatment of unresolved trauma with proven results for treating irrational thoughts, feelings and behaviours that manifest as a result. When used in a timely manner, within the supportive therapeutic relationship of a qualified practitioner, EMDR offers the potential to unblock and release what feels stuck, offering permanent relief of such symptoms. We are pleased to announce that we now offer EMDR at Brunswick Counselling Centre. If you wish to learn more about this dynamic technique, please call us on 01273 777030 or email us at:...

Group Therapy

We at Brunswick Counselling Centre are in the process of setting up a new facilitated therapy group. Including both male and female members, this is a cost effective, highly beneficial form of therapy. The group will meet weekly for 2 hours at a time to be specified on a week day evening. It will be a closed group of 8 members, offering the opportunity to work through issues in a safe, confidential space, drawing upon the relational dynamics of the group. For more information, please call us on 01273 777030 or email us...

Maya Angelou – An inspirational lady

I was recently introduced to the writings and work of Maya Angelou (1928-2014). She writes of her struggles growing up in a world of prejudice and racism, abuse and neglect and yet her story is equally filled with love, connection and optimism. Reading her books, I am reminded of the courage and resilience that weaves through so many stories of survival and the many amazing qualities that are part of the human condition. People who, in the face of adversity find a strength of character and determination to win through against the odds. Maya Angelou is an example and a reminder to us all that anything is possible and much can be achieved with determination and self believe. She reminds me that there is always hope. Hope is where we start! Jayne Tibbott Brunswick Counselling...

What helps in therapy

There are many factors that contribute to successful therapy and each co-created therapeutic relationship will be have its own unique dynamics that are helpful and healing. Here are some common considerations that will help you to get the best from therapy. take time to find the right therapist before getting into the work allow yourself time to get to know the therapist, to feel more comfortable and to begin to build trust and safety know that you are doing this for you; that it is a gift not a failing trust the process. Try not to be prescriptive or hold rigid expectations do not be hard on yourself or be self-critical. There is no right or wrong way. know that it is your confidential space. You do not have to share its content with anyone else. be as open and honest as you can be. If something about therapy or the therapist is bothering you or upsetting you, try to talk about it. The right therapist will engage helpfully and non-defensively with you. commit to the process. Stay interested in what this means for you. Allow yourself the time and space. Don’t stay with the wrong therapist. If you really feel after time that the type of therapy or the relationship is not working for you, talk about it and consider the most helpful options for...

How to find therapeutic support as a couple

Having recently written about “How to find a Therapist” in Brighton and Hove, it feels equally important to offer support to couples seeking the same. It can take a lot of courage to seek relationship support and once again, at a time when help is needed, it can feel like a minefield trying to find the right therapist for you. Of course the added dynamic here is that you are not only searching as an individual for yourself, but there are two people and a struggling relationship to consider. You are therefore not seeking a therapist to work on a one to one basis, but an experienced, impartial “facilitator” to focus on the relationship that has been uniquely co-created. That established, there is still the therapeutic jargon to negotiate. Are you looking for “marriage guidance”, “couples therapy”, “relate”, “relationship counselling” or “relationship psychotherapy”……………..and what is the difference? By outlining a few initial steps to consider together therefore, I hope to alleviate the need to decipher such terms, enabling you to find the right help in a more informed way. Firstly, please know that seeking professional relationship support is not a sign of failure. All too often, couples seek support as a last resort. They allow the relationship to become so damaged before looking for outside help. As a couples therapist myself, experience shows me over and over just how difficult it is to maintain a healthy, happy relationship. The challenges are enormous. Into each relationship we bring our own personal history that joins together with that of our partner, we negotiate life stages and changes whilst striving to survive...

How to find a private therapist

Without prior knowledge of the talking therapies, it is indeed a daunting prospect for anyone to find a Counsellor or Psychotherapist in Brighton and Hove. There are just so many of us! What is the difference even between a Counsellor and a Psychotherapist or a Psychologist or Psychiatrist for that matter! As for the jargon: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic, Integrative, Person Centred, Relational, Psychodynamic. Where to start? For many people, they are faced with this minefield at a time in their lives when they really need help…..now! So if you are reading this and it feels familiar, I hope to provide a little more help and clarity. First of all, be clear about how much you can afford. This is a harsh reality and does not sit well with the nature of support you seek. It has long been a serious gripe of mine that access to free talking therapies is limited in the UK, both in terms of availability and time allocated. This does mean that many people have to fund their own private support and this can be a costly monthly outlay. There are therapists who offer subsidised, low cost or sliding scale fees and they will generally advertise this fact. Alongside this consideration, you need to consider how much time you are willing to allow for the process of therapy. In general, therapy is most effective when you meet at least once weekly over a period of time and so this does require a commitment. Other initial considerations are around location and availability. How far are you prepared to travel? What time(s) and day(s) are...