Prior to training as a therapist, I worked for over 20 years in the third sector as a project manager and consultant before moving into the corporate sector as a coach and trainer. As a result, I also have experience providing one-to-one support to managers for work-related and personal issues which I can draw on when appropriate in my sessions. I am also a qualified yoga and movement teacher and have worked with women on pregnancy and motherhood issues using body work as well as therapeutic approaches.
I offer psychotherapy sessions in three languages: English, Hebrew and Spanish.
For more information or to book a session please call 07514541871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as providing counselling I also facilitate reflective practice groups for staff working with vulnerable people in settings such as hostels and supported accommodation. I am also the co-founder of Sensing Friends, an organisation providing therapeutic peer support groups for visually impaired young people and their sighted friends.
EMDR is a very unique, self-directed and empowering therapy. I would be honoured to work in partnership with you on your journey to well-being and recovery.
I welcome phone and email enquiries from people who want to discuss the possibility of EMDR before meeting for an initial assessment session to see if we can work together.
Can EMDR help you?
EMDR can help you process traumatic, intense or troubling experiences, to relieve the distress and pain these cause you now and help you feel more able to manage in your life.
EMDR is complex, powerful and has a strong evidence base for its success.
There are more online resources about EMDR on my website - emdrannastratford.uk
My own experience of EMDR -
Having undertaken various therapeutic interventions in the past (psychotherapy, family therapy and counselling) I have achieved the most growth and change in my life through EMDR.
Personally, I found the high level of self-direction and the absence of needing to ‘talk about everything’ to be really helpful. It was tough at times, but it enabled me to develop more insight at a deeper level than other interventions I have had.
I have worked in adult mental health for over 20 years as a Senior Social Worker and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). I am registered with the Health and Social Care Professions Council - SW87413.
I teach mental health and Social Work at the University of Sussex, and also work as a Mentor, providing support to students with mental health challenges and learning support needs.
I work in a warm and empathic way to explore your thoughts and feelings. I won't judge or tell you what to do. When we feel stuck it can be hard to change things or to find a way out. I therefore seek to help you make sense of your situation, to gain awareness of how you relate to yourself and others and ultimately increase your ability to make the changes in your life that you want to make. Get in touch for a reduced cost, no obligation exploratory session. Or alternatively we can arrange to speak on the phone - feel free to raise any questions or concerns you may have. Then you can decide if you want to start counselling with me.
I have regular supervision and attend ongoing training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date. Since I qualified I have undertaken training in trauma, suicide prevention, LGBTQ awareness, relationships, creative therapies, bereavement & autism spectrum conditions.
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling and am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), subscribing to their professional and ethical framework.
If you have any other questions about my background, please do contact me and I will do my best to answer.
Over the past 4 years, I have worked with charitable organisations that provide therapy for Children and Young People, and Adults, and recently set up Private Practice in central Hove.
The relationship between the client and therapist is the key to progress and making changes and this needs to work for you. Therefore, it may be important for you to meet with more than one counsellor to find the right fit. I offer a reduced cost introductory session to help you make this decision. You might also find my article When is the right time to see a counsellor? useful to help you understand the therapeutic process.
I work with people from all walks of life in a way that respects culture, values, beliefs, choices and sexual orientation. My practice is constantly developing and I keep my training up to date with pertinent counselling issues.
As well as my on-going private practice, meeting clients in Hove and Brighton, I have previous experience counselling adults at the Rock Clinic in Brighton and young people in a school setting for Dialogue (YMCA).
I have both professional and personal experience of working with and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are exploring their sexual and gender identity or facing extra concerns that can affect LGBT people. Do get in touch if you are struggling with related LGBTQ issues.
Fertility, pregnancy and loss
I have particular experience working with women encountering fertility issues, loss and difficulties during pregnancy.
I also have knowledge of donor assisted pregnancies and can offer support through this sometimes complicated and emotionally confusing time.
I work as a Person-centred Counsellor and Supervisor which in its simplest form, means that I trust that you already have the resources and answers you are looking for (although it may not feel like it) but just need a space that offers acceptance, understanding and genuineness to help explore and discover these elements within yourself. As well as this it can just be helpful to talk to someone that is not involved in your situation in an open way somewhere that is confidential and non-judgemental.
Over the years, I have seen many of the amazing ways that people can change and heal and have a firm belief in peoples abilities and capacity for growth, change and acceptance.
I have facilitated group therapy for eating disorders and a group for bereaved family members in the NHS., ,personal development groups on therapy trainings and staff development groups for social services. I also have taught psychotherapy at several training institutes over many years.
I have studied and researched in the field of eating disorders, body image and gender identity and feminism.
My paper on these topics was published in Feminist Review, 2001..
I was a lecturer and tutor at The Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies and at other trainings.
You can expect a calm, confidential environment, providing space for you to express your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Drawing on my extensive training, work and life experience - Including personal experience of alcoholism, drug misuse, gambling addiction and recovery - I will help you talk about any difficult issues, exploring obstacles, choices and aspirations, whether they are current problems of a practical nature or repetitive patterns from your past affecting your daily life.
Together we will work towards strengthening your inner resources and confidence.
My work has included training and working for Breakeven gambling counselling, work at BHT Addiction Services in a residential setting and support work with Brighton Archway Project supporting clients with mental health issues in a residential setting.
What is important to me is to ensure I create a non-judgemental space, where you can share and explore your thoughts, feelings and problems in a safe, accepting and confidential environment.
From my experience as a counsellor, what I have seen as most important for clients is the counsellor and client relationship. I have an approachable, genuine and open minded manner that helps people feel able to discuss their difficulties and builds a trust in the therapist client relationship. Equally my own experiences of therapy has allowed me to honour the healing journey that clients undergo and respect the clients choice in the pace and depth of the therapy.
Whatever it is that is troubling you counselling can be an extremely helpful way to explore and alleviate your distress. Every counselling session and every counselling relationship is unique. Whether you are attending therapy to deal with a specific crisis such as a relationship breakdown or a bereavement, or longer-term issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions or suicidal thoughts, having a safe space to explore these matters can be extremely helpful.
As part of the humanistic psychotherapeutic tradition, I have an interest in existentialism, and the themes of choice, freedom and responsibility inform a lot of my work.
Often just the act of telling your story to a warm and non-judgemental therapist can bring huge relief. Counselling can also provide a dedicated time and space for you to be completely yourself and the time is yours to use in whatever way you feel beneficial.
If you are interested in counselling or psychotherapy or are unsure about what to expect from counselling please take a look at my website www.sarahlelic.com. I hope you find it useful and please do get in touch if you have any further questions, or to book a reduced-cost (£25) introductory session..
I currently run my private practice in Brighton and Hove where I work with individuals and couples and I have worked in the past in both charitable and college settings with adults and young people. As well as working as a counsellor, I also work as a tutor teaching counselling skills courses in a college setting.
My aim is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and accepting space for you to explore in absolute confidence your life, feelings, thoughts and difficulties that you may be experiencing.
I have considerable experience and a professional interest in working with issues around anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationships issues, separation and divorce, personal development, pregnancy and birth, boarding school survivors, relocation and life transitions.
I work in an LGBTQ Affirmative way and I welcome people from all lifestyle choices and sexual orientations.
Having a multi-cultural background I welcome working with people for whom English is not their first language and offer counselling in both English and Italian.
I am BACP Registered and I undergo regular clinical supervision and hold full insurance in line with BACP guidelines for best practice. I am committed to continuing professional development and attend regular training and workshops to inform and broaden my practice.
I work across a wide spectrum, from CPTSD and recovering from narcissistic abuse, to creative blocks and spiritual awakening.
I am passionate about the connections between individual and collective psychology, spirituality and politics, and how inner work impacts outer reality.
I also work as a Counsellor with Children and Young People and Equine Therapist (MBACP), specialising in Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.
I am a qualified CAT Psychological Therapist and a qualified Mental Health Nurse. CAT is a relationship focused approach which explores the origins of some of our problematic patterns in relating to ourselves and others. It is time limited either 8, 16 or 24 sessions
Cat Practitioner since 2012
24 years experience in NHS
Talking through your concerns with someone who is not part of your life gives you the freedom to focus on yourself. I won’t tell you what to do or what choices to make because you know yourself better than anyone.
I will listen with compassion and understanding and I commit to getting to know your experience of being you. I’ll support your exploration of what’s going on for you, what’s not working and how you might want to make changes.
I work confidentially and without judgement so that you are able to share your worries and fears, no matter how confusing or dark they may be. I’ll respond to whatever you bring, drawing on different approaches and techniques from my training, to find an effective way of working that suits you.
Until recently I worked for Pavilions Drugs and Alcohol Service in their Families and Carers Team supporting people affected by the substance use of a significant other. I have also worked at St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley counselling the bereaved and those anticipating bereavement, and also for a charity supporting people in distress.