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Affirm Counselling Counselling & Psychotherapy in Brighton

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Existential Counselling Psychotherapy and CBT with Francesca Bennett

Welcome to Affirm Counselling

I offer Counselling, Psychotherapy and CBT to the Brighton, Hove and East Sussex area. I studied and qualified in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents College London. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the governing body for therapists in the UK. I am BUPA recognised therapist and work as a private therapist with organisations such as the Priory, CBT Clinics and Care First an BUPA. I am also an individual member of the Employees Assistant Programme who provide therapy for businesses including the NHS.

Existential therapy was introduced into Europe in 1951 and R.D.Laing introduced it into the UK. Existentialism asks questions such as how does the individual experience life, thus revealing what might be unspoken, exploring values and beliefs in every aspect of life. I take an open approach to whatever is brought and am curious about what it means to be you and the themes that might arise from that. Choices can bring up anxiety and doubts which we can work with in therapy.

CBT helps to explore your usual way of responding to situations and helps you to notice how your body reacts, and asks the question how much do you belief your thoughts. CBT looks at coping strategies to change the thoughts and associated feelings to more positive ones. What actions can you change?

Talking therapy is an effective treatment for usual mental health conditions such as:-
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
& Panic
Divorce and Separation
Relationship issues
Low Self Esteem and Confidence
Career Counselling/Life Coaching
Money problems and Addictions
Anger Management and much more.

I have been a professional counsellor in Brighton and Hove since 2005. People come to me specifically for help with anxiety and depression, stress and PTSD, bereavement and loss and counselling for addictions involving alcohol and drugs. I also work with confidence building, improving self esteem and individual relationship issues. I can offer counselling and psychotherapy in Hove however there is a waiting list for this service.

There are many different approaches to therapy as I work integratively overall you will find that I can I am proficient in cognitive behavioural therapy, cbt as well as the person centered approach and transpersonal analysis.

You can find out more about my approach by reading the How I Work page.


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