Paola St George Essaye

Intergrative Therapist and Supervisor

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

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I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years working with clients in various settings; from private practice and Women’s mental health teams to primary care addiction settings. I originally trained at St Charles Hospital in London, in the early 90’s before the BACP was the BACP and accredited courses did not exist. I am now an accredited member of the BACP. Over the last ten years I have worked as a lecturer at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, teaching the level 1-3 in counselling. I also work as a Supervisor to various groups and individuals in Brighton and the surrounding area.

AbuseAging ConcernsAnger Management TherapyAnxietyAttachment TheoryBody Image IssuesBurn OutCancerChild or Adolescent IssuesCodependencyContemplativeDepressionDissociative Disorder (DD)DivorceDomestic AbuseDrug Dependence / Abuse / AddictionEating DisorderFamily CaregivingFamily ConflictFamily SystemsHistorical TraumaInterpersonalLoss or GriefMen’s IssuesObesityPanicPersonal GrowthPersonality DisordersRelationalRelationship / Marriage IssuesSelf-EsteemSelf-HarmingSexual AbuseSexual ProblemsTranspersonalTraumaWomen’s Issues

I try very hard not define how i work, using categories and approaches, I like to say I work with people, not issues. I am familiar with using a variety of different approaches depending on the needs of the person I am working with. At the end of the day, safety/trust and potential for change are what we work towards.

A child of the 70’s I was born and raised in Brighton, it's my home town and I love living here… now. Living here in the seventies with a first name that no one could pronounce and a surname that no one believed, it was hard being me. That’s where my journey really began, learning through my own therapeutic work that being me was brilliant! I didn’t need to change who I was and people did not need to accept me - I needed to accept myself. So, when it comes to therapy and how I work, I work with the individual and what they bring to the room, their experiences, beliefs about themselves and maybe even their trauma. How we work depends on the individual and the relationship we create.

Type of Therapy
  • Addiction Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Existential Therapy
  • Experiential
  • Humanistic
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integral Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
Client Type
Type of Session
Fixed TermLong Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)Skype