Lesley HurstPerson-centred/humanistic counsellor
In the light of the Corona-virus pandemic, I have made the decision to offer sessions via Zoom or telephone to minimise the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19. Face to face sessions can still take place if remote options simply don't work for you for whatever reason.
For most of us, there are times when we need support to deal with difficult emotional issues or a personal crisis. Finding someone you can trust and feel at ease with is important as research tells us that it is the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client that is the key to successful therapy. To help you with this decision, I offer an initial free session. This provides an opportunity to ask any questions, explore what it is you wish to gain from therapy and to decide if I am the right counsellor for you. I am also happy to speak to you by phone about any queries or concerns you may have if you prefer.
I have been working as a therapist for 14 years and I am registered member of BACP.
Through the experience of working with others, I have come to understand that much of the pain and distress in life is rooted in a disconnection from personal meaning, a sense that we are cut off from ourselves in some way. When we lose contact with our deepest needs and what really matters to us we can feel lost, unable to believe in ourselves and may find that we are less able to trust others. It becomes harder to find meaning in life, we can lose direction and relationships may suffer.
My aim is to provide a safe and caring therapeutic relationship where painful life events and restricting patterns which may be preventing you reaching your full potential can be explored and this connection to self can be strengthened. With greater self trust and acceptance, things become clearer and we can begin to live a more fulfilling life. Often, creating a more compassionate relationship with ourselves is also a positive step in forming healthy relationships or healing difficulties in existing ones.
As well as being a place for exploring present difficulties, counselling is also place to explore personal growth and development, focus on wisdom and well being and confidence and creativity. Whatever your needs, I will provide support to help you make sense of things and deepening your self-awareness. Moving at your own pace, I will work with you to help to identify and build upon your strengths, which in turn may empower you to make better choices for yourself.
My core practice is rooted in the Person- centred / humanistic approach and I have expanded my learning through further training to include aspects of the CBT model and mindfulness, integrating these when it feels most helpful.
I work from a welcoming room in Withdean, Brighton. Parking is free and it is easy to reach on public transport. I offer one to one sessions on a time limited or long term basis with adults and older adolescents. My consulting room is on the ground floor so relatively accessible but if mobility is a problem please call me and we can discuss the possibility of having sessions at your home. I also offer sessions online should this be a better arrangement for you. I am experienced in working with a broad range of issues and with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.
In addition to my private practice I have worked for a low cost counselling service where I have provided therapy for adults with a wide range of issues including depression, self esteem problems, trauma, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse and childhood neglect amongst others. I also have experience of specialist bereavement therapy within the Cruse service. I have an Arts background and have worked for West Sussex County Council providing counselling for children and young people where exploration through creative mediums is central to the work. I have found that adults too can benefit from this expressive approach. I am increasingly interested in mindfulness practice and the benefit this approach to life can bring in helping us deal with difficulties. As a practice we currently provide short term workplace counselling for staff within a Brighton college.
Please visit my website for further information: www.persontopersoncounselling.co.uk
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Sessions cost £50 although I offer some concessionary rates of £40-£45 for the unemployed, low waged and students.
Training and qualifications
Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (University of Brighton)
Certificate in counselling (Birkbeck University) CBT (multi modal model) training
Cruse bereavement training
ASSIST suicide intervention training