Stephanie Fortescue

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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The way I work is based on the notion that the past can effect your experiences and feelings in the present, along with the idea that important relationships, perhaps from early childhood, may create a pattern for how you respond to people later on in life. I can help you to see unconscious processes that you may be unaware of and in doing so, help you to make conscious choices moving forwards. I also offer practical tools (such as breathing techniques and ways of challenging thought patterns) as alternative methods of coping with the difficulties you may be experiencing individually or as a couple. I also offer a confidential and supportive counselling service for 16-18 year-olds. YP (Young-persons) counselling is a safe place for any young person who may be struggling to cope. Problems at school or college, issues at home, eating disorders, drugs and alcohol misuse, self-harm, or generally feeling down or anxious, counselling can help support them back to a happier life.

AbuseADHDAdoption IssuesAging ConcernsAnxietyAspergersAttachment TheoryAutismBipolarBody Image IssuesChild or Adolescent IssuesChronic Pain or IllnessCodependencyCouples CounselingCultural CongruenceDepressionDissociative Disorder (DD)DivorceDomestic AbuseEating DisorderFamily ConflictGender IdentityHistorical TraumaImmigration/AcculturationInsomniaInternet AddictionInterpersonalLGBTQ IssuesLoss or GriefMindfulness-basedOCDPanicPanic AttacksParentingPersonal GrowthPersonality DisordersPolyamorous and Open RelationshipsPostpartumPregnancy (Prenatal Mental Health)Premarital CounselingPsychodynamicPTSDRacial IdentityRelationalRelationship / Marriage IssuesSelf-EsteemSelf-HarmingSexual AbuseSexual ProblemsSocial PhobiaTraumaWomen’s Issues

As a counsellor and therapist I aim to be as neutral as possible without sharing much information about myself. This makes it more likely that important relationships (past or present) will be mirrored in the relationship between us, thus giving crucial insight into helping you to work through your difficulties. We will often assess emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain more understanding into your present-day problems. We will also highlight patterns which may be recurring, this could help you to see the ways in which you may be avoiding difficult situations, or to see defense mechanisms you may have developed as a way of coping. In doing so, you will be able to take steps towards changing and challenging those patterns, thoughts, and behaviours either as an individual or as a couple. I work relationally to offer young people as safe space to explore issues that may be troubling them. Counselling can be particularly beneficial for young people and teenagers as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and early adulthood. There are several ways in which counselling can be helpful for this age group: emotional support, identity exploration, peer relationships and social skills, academic and career guidance, stress and anxiety management, depression and mood disorders, risky behaviours, self harm, and more.

I’m a BACP registered fully-qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. I completed my post-graduate psychotherapeutic training at Brighton University, during which time I worked within the LGBTQ+ communities. Prior to this I worked providing rape survivor support, as well as in general psychotherapy clinics within the East Sussex area. I also have a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and part Psychology, and an earlier career background in teaching.

Type of Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy (CT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
Client Type
Type of Session
Long Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)SkypeTelephone