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(MBACP, MSc, BA, Dip)

Simon Brown

Integrative Counselling 
 

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07917 280 245

email: psyb.info@proton.me

"We are all masterpieces.
Sometimes, all we need is a little restoration."

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Brighton. United Kingdom.
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"I welcome all, regardless of any individual’s characteristic. I strive to celebrate, protect, and safeguard the right for people to express gender and sexual identity, race, and ethnic background as well as religious or cultural centricities."

Mob - Support I offer

I help people find balance, acceptance, direction, and empowerment in their lives.

 

How I help people. 

I work in a trauma informed manner in creating a compassionate and authentic therapeutic relationship with those who engage with me. We will work together with what brings you to therapy. Within this process, I will be with you as you explore your emotions, feelings, motivational systems, beliefs, values, and self talk from the stories you have formed over the years, which can affect how you relate to yourself and the world around you. In all, I will work with you to find resilience, solutions, acceptance, self reliance, connectedness and peace of mind. 

Approach to Therapy

"I am committed to forging a flexible, responsive, and tailored approach to helping personal growth."

From my approach as a counsellor, I emphasize the importance of the 'here and now,' guiding individuals to identify and understand current patterns, narratives, beliefs, and values that may hinder or foster empowerment.

 

This approach can increase self determination, independent decision making and self directed action.

 

Moreover, we can begin to see the interplay between how trauma memories, emotions and feelings govern motivational systems, thoughts and behaviour. 

Additionally, I utilize psychotherapeutic techniques to assist clients in exploring and healing past experiences, enabling a deeper understanding and transformation of their lives. 

I create systems and methods that fit each client, rather than forcing the client to adapt to a rigid, preconceived therapeutic model.

How I work

In our sessions, I engage in an 'active and collaborative' humanistic approach. This involves attentive listening, thoughtful reflection, and sharing insights in a timely, empathetic, and compassionate manner.

As an active and dynamic therapist, I integrate therapeutic theories, psychological models, and frameworks with existential and philosophical insights to provide comprehensive support.

Along with viewing things with an humanistic understanding of how are complexities can govern our present self, I am also a firm advocate of positive psychology.

 

This approach focuses on recognizing and cultivating your positive traits, assets and strengths.

Sessions are typically scheduled weekly, lasting 50 minutes each, though I am flexible to accommodate a cadence that suits you best, whether that be longer sessions, bi-weekly or more frequent meetings.

 

While I prefer face-to-face interactions, I am open to online sessions or a combination of both to best fit your needs and preferences. I also offer therapeutic walks, which some people find helpful, especially those interested in mindfulness.

Getting Started

I provide a free 20-minute introductory session, available via phone or online. This initial meeting is an opportunity for us to discuss your goals and expectations. If desired, we can also start to outline a preliminary strategy for your journey ahead.

You are warmly invited to get in touch with me to talk, discuss and determine if you feel at ease and confident in pursuing a working relationship together.

I wish you the best on your journey. 

Long Term or Fixed Term Therapy.  

Face to Face Counselling 

​Home Visits.

Telephone.

Online.

£70 (50 min face to face)

£90 (90 min face to face)

£60 (1 hour online / telephone) 

£60 (full time students over 18) 

 

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"Does my view of addiction fit with you?"

For those who are seeking support with their relationship with alcohol, substances or over inflated behaviours I offer over 20 years of applied and academic experience. 'The relationship' people have with these issues is commonly referred to as 'addiction,' substance misuse, alcoholism etc. Here is my view on the phenomena. I think its important to highlight in view of working with people who want to address a complex, often stigmatised, converging and competing issue.

 

 ‘Addiction’ can be a very 'loaded term.' It is a linguistic tool, a label often used to describe a constellation of factors and behaviours that can be seen to be a progressive development along a continuum. This continuum can include experimental, recreational & habitual engagement, dependency and addiction towards a particular substance, action or behaviour.

 

It is possible to maintain a ’relationship’ that is leading towards or manifested into an ‘addiction,’ and some people may have relatively low harms associated to their particular attachment. However, it is usually the case that as people progress down the 'rabbit hole,' as it were, they find themselves in physiological, financial, relational and existential crisis. Often, the main issue in seeking support for most people is to minimise or stop the risks and harms associated to any particular behaviour. Whilst detox and treatment are potent interventions in this pursuit, their is often a need for a deeper understanding through counselling to support people make lasting change. 

There are a multitude of theories, templates and models that attempt to describe addiction, let alone the opinions, myths and social distortions that can influence us. Each theory or opinion may hold a truth and thus create a particular loyal following towards its premise.

So too, each theory or approach may offer a philosophy, a way of perceiving, treating, managing and maintaining a certain approach and way of life that is aimed to suit each reference group. Self and group identity is also inextricably linked to those with any relationship towards something, which can be a positive attribute or present a challenge to negotiate. However, counselling offers a safe space to personally explore our beliefs and values, goals and aims towards who ‘we are’ and ‘what we’ want.

My personal leaning towards describing and working with addiction and so too, other concerning behaviours, is the ‘biopsychosocial model.’ This model or 'framework' posits that there is usually a convergence of biological, psychological and social components that can be explored and addressed. After all, we are entities, both biologically & psychologically driven, who live in social environments, and each component has influence and persuasion in our actions.

However, this personal view aside, I am able to work alongside people who may want to subscribe to a particular viewpoint such as the disease model, self-medication theory or recovery management to name a few. Particular theories or viewpoints do not compete and are arguably, a part of the biopsychosocial framework.

I am able to support people to negotiate pathways and will always act with benevolent ethics towards each client. I work in an holistic way supporting people to contemplate and make their own decisions to reach authenticity, to give themselves meaning, fulfilment, strength and pride.

Even though I am experienced and an advanced practitioner, I do not consider myself an expert in the field. Nonetheless, I believe I have invaluable experience, robust transferable academic and practical knowledge and the personality and attitude to help others find their way through the tasks and processes needed to negotiate a trajectory through your own ‘Maze of Meaning.’

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