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Affirm Counselling Counselling & Psychotherapy in Brighton (Seven Dials) & Hove

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Integrative Counselling and CBT with Francesca Bennett BACP Accredited

Welcome to Affirm Counselling

I offer CBT, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Seven Dials, Brighton (BN1), Hove (BN3), and the 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, Care First, BUPA, AXA and Aviva. I am also an individual member of the Employees Assistant Programme who provide therapy for businesses including the NHS. I have been a professional counsellor and psychotherapist since 2005 in Brighton. I am based at The Practice Rooms in Hove where I am now offering psychotherapy, and as a trainee at the EMDR Academy (part 1 is completed) I have a few lower cost £65 sessions available in Hove.

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About Existential Therapy And CBT

Existential Psychotherapy was introduced into Europe in 1951, it was R.D. Laing who introduced it into the UK. Existentialism asks questions such as how does the individual experience life, revealing what might be unspoken, thus we can explore 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. Making choices can bring up anxiety and doubts which we can work with in therapy. Clients can also learn to effectively deal with deep issues, such as life purpose, depression, loss and self-esteem.

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

My Approach

People come to me for help with anxiety and depression, bereavement and loss, stress and PTSD, and counselling for addictions involving alcohol and drugs. I also work with confidence building, improving self esteem and individual relationship issues.

Talking therapy is an effective treatment for...

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) & Panic
Divorce and Separation
Relationship issues
Low Self Esteem and poor Confidence
Career Counselling/Life Coaching
Money problems and Addictions
Anger Management and much more

There are many different approaches to therapy but, as I work integratively, you will find that I am proficient in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as the person centered approach and transpersonal analysis. Here are some recent testimonials from clients I have worked with using psychotherapy in Hove.

"I have found working with Fran very useful in my life at university and starting out with new flatmates and overcoming abandonment issues around my father and dealing difficult relationships with my mother and siblings" [Ms M]

"I have had counselling from Fran for some time to deal with some very difficult situations both in the present and past. I have found Fran to be empathetic, focuses me on issues, listens and encouraged me to grow as a person. She has gone the extra mile while maintaining boundaries. I would have no hesitation in recommending Fran to people if they are serious in changing their life."   Mr J. June 2016

I am now almost a different person and see the world from a completely different perspective from the one I had. Soon I will return to my homeland and I feel more comfortable with my life and what's important. [Mr. B, March 2023]

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

Please Get in touch for appointments in Brighton and Hove, or visit the Appointments page for more details

Introductory Session – Skype Or Face To Face – £45 For One Hour

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