What is Person-Centered Therapy?
Person-Centered Therapy, also sometimes called Client Centered-Therapy, is a Humanistic therapeutic model devised by Carl Rogers.
When a client comes to counselling feeling vulnerable or anxious the therapist's role is to offer a genuine relationship, unconditional acceptance and empathy. If the client perceives the therapists offering unconditional acceptance and empathy, then there will be positive change in the client.
The therapist is 'non-directive', and the client leads in the session.
Why choose me as your therapist?
As your therapist I will offer you unconditional acceptance, warmth, and a genuine non-judgmental relationship in our sessions together.
I am committed to my personal and professional development, attending regular clinical supervision and also Continuing Professional Development training. I follow the BACP code of Ethics, which you can downloaded here.
You can view my BACP Registered Member number at the bottom of this page.
What therapeutic training have I had?
I hold an Honours degree in Person Centred Counselling (Middlesex University, London),
and a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (The Metanoia Institute, London).
I am working towards my Practitioner Certificate in Person-Centred Work at a Difficult Edge (Reaching Contact-impaired People).
Training that I have completed: ‘An Introduction to Prouty’s Pre-Therapy’ (Led by: Dion van Werde, two day training course), ‘Working with Autistic Process’ (Led by: Anja Rutten, one day training course), ‘Working with People with Dementia: Making Sense of Self’ (Led by: Danuta Lipinska, one day training course), 'Client-Centred Therapy in Psychiatric Landscapes' (Led by: Lisbeth Sommerbeck, two day training course),
‘Tenuous Contact’ : Person-centred Work with Adolescents & Teenagers’ (Led by: Peter Pearce & Ros Sewell, day training course).
Additional training, ‘Counselling for Depression (one day training course).
One year training in Integrative Counseling, including two day workshop in Play Therapy at The Minster Centre, London.
Introduction to Counselling Skills, 30 hours completed at the Minster Centre, London.
What is 'Pre-Therapy'?
Pre-Therapy was developed by Gary Prouty, and is an offering of contact to persons who may have contact impairments such as clients with learning disabilities, brain injury, dementia, psychosis. The therapists role is to offer 'contact reflections' to the client.
The interaction from therapist to client is broken down into five types of reflections, which are as follows:
Situation reflections: the therapist reflects to the client the immediate surroundings. An example being ‘it is raining outside’ or ‘you are wearing blue jeans’.
Body reflections: the therapist reflects what the client is doing with their body, either by doing the same with their body, or by saying it to the client. An example would be ‘you are tapping your foot’, and the therapist also taps their foot.
Face reflections: the therapist reflects to the client what they see on the clients face, which could be a possible named feeling the therapist thinks they see in the client. An example could be ‘you are smiling, you look happy?’. As the clients face changes the therapist follows the clients lead reflecting on any facial changes. A further example could be, ‘you are clenching your teeth, you look anxious?’. As the therapist engages with the client, the client is responding with facial changes.
The therapist is starting to offer empathy by possibly reflecting on the clients inner world.
Word-for-word reflections: the therapist reflects the clients words by repeating them back. The therapist chooses the words that they feel they understand, or hold the most meaning to the client. This may also include any sounds or noises that the client makes. By doing this, the therapist can facilitate contact that holds or develops into further communication by the client.
Reiterative reflection: the therapist repeats a reflection that seems to have been successful in facilitating development in making contact with the client.
Pre-Therapy can be an opportunity to support a more meaningful engagement with clients who may ordinarily appear to be confined
or restricted to their inner world.
[Source: Lisbeth Sommerbeck]
Will our work together be confidential?
Yes, our work is confidential.
When can we meet?
I currently offer clients sessions Monday to Saturday, with daytime and evening slots available.
All sessions are 50 minutes long.
If you prefer, you can pay for a block of sessions in advance, leaving us free to use the entire 50 minutes together to focus on your therapeutic experience.
Where do we meet and is it an accessible space?
I offer face-to- face counselling at:
198 Church Road
Hove train station is a 10 minute walk away.
Bus routes: 1, 1a, 5, and 49.
At my practice I am able to offer accessible entry into the building at ground level, with access to a ramp if you use a wheelchair or other mobility aids. The rooms that we meet are on the ground floor. The WC is sadly not considered accessible.
There is an accessible WC within a 5 minute walk in Tesco's. No Radar key is needed.
The WC at 198 is gender neutral.
Please click here to see photos of the reception area and counselling rooms where we meet.
How often do we meet?
A lot of clients find it most helpful to meet weekly.
However, you may be in a period of your life where you are experiencing severe distress, and may want to meet more than once weekly.
We will discuss how often you would like to meet in our first session.
You are free at any point to change the frequency of our sessions.
How many sessions will I need?
This is unique to every client. Sometimes clients may only need a few sessions to feel some relief, and end our work there. Others may continue to choose to work together for months, or years.
I will offer regular reviews to ask you if you feel that our work together is useful, and if you would like to continue.
What will happen in our first session?
You will be met by myself in a confidential, comfortable room with armchairs that are available for us to both sit on.
I will offer you empathy, unconditional acceptance, warmth, and a genuine non-judgmental relationship when we meet.
I will explain to you that what you tell me is confidential.
You will have the space tell me what has brought you to counselling, and to ask me any questions about myself, or about our work together.
You will have an opportunity to tell me how you would like us to work together.
I will ask you to sign a GDPR agreement enabling me to keep notes about our sessions together, which are password protected and secured as per GDPR requirements. Click here for my Privacy Notice.
After our first free 30 minute session, you will hopefully have a sense of who I am as your therapist and if we are good ‘fit’ together. I will not pressure you to commit to further sessions, and you can feel free to leave the session to think about if you would like to continue our work together.
Sessions are £40 and payable in cash or BACS transfer.
I offer some sliding scale sessions at a lower rate, please get in touch to discuss if this is something that you may need.
I understand that in life there can be moments that arise, which we cannot predict, and so I offer up to 48 hour cancellation without charge. After this time period fees are required to be paid in full.