Friends of Phoenix Counselling Brighton


Below are a list of counsellors we regularly work and refer to, these people and organisations adhere to the BACP ethical framework and are similar in values to ourselves.



Based in Hove, just off Dyke Road Avenue we have private parking and also are servived by the 27 bus which runs regualry and the bus stop is 5 minutes walk, we also work from a clinic 10 minutes from Brighton centre.  Each of our sites are based in comfortable settings, with private entrances. 

Andrew Cummings MBACP

Qualifications


Diploma in Humanistic Counselling

TA 101

Certificate in Animal assisted therapy

Certificate in Trauma

Level 3 in Counselling skills and theory

Level 2 in Helping skills

Level 1 in Interpersonal skills

Cri Drugs and Alcohol awareness training

Trauma coexisting with substance misuse counselling



Counselling can seem daunting, going to see someone to talk about ourselves, our relationships and our problems.  My role as a counsellor is to facilitate through being in contact, in a relationship and accepting you as the expert on yourself.   I believe working in a respectful way which provides a safe, confidential space.  We cannot change the past but together we can develop a new perspective on what has shaped us as an individual.


Counselling is a place to be truly heard, accepted and where you can have support without your thoughts and feelings being clouded over by talking to partners, friends or family.  I aim to provide a place where you feel secure to explore any aspect of your life which may be providing you with an uncomfortable feeling. A relationship which is causing you problems; facing redundancy or a change in work circumstances; or that you may find yourself dominated by unhelpful, self destructive and painful behaviour patterns.


I am an humanistic counsellor which means I draw from different approaches to create a way of facilitating sessions to support; empower and promote you to be able make choices; changes and work towards self awareness.


I offer counselling and therapy for individuals and couples.  Amongst the issues I deal with are

  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Anger and isolation
  • Relationship problems and couple issues
  • Low self esteem
  • Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
  • Significant other counselling for addiction
  • Changes in work circumstances
  • Trauma
  • Loss and bereavement


Counselling can be short term (10-16 sessions) working on one issue or more long term with a longer journey of self discovery and integration.  Counselling is a journey unique to yourself and I will support you and be with you each step of the way.


In addition to traditional talking therapy I am able to offer sessions which are creative-working using objects, stones, paints, sand tray and working with animals, all with your consent.  Working either creatively or with animals can often open up doors and provide help in expressing difficult thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences. 


I also offer sessions on the telephone for clients who are unable to travel to counselling, for someone who may feel overwhelmed coming into the counselling room. 


I also am able to offer outside counselling, a walk and talk option outside of the traditional counselling setting.  Walking outside could be a walk in the park or by the sea, some people have found this allows them to think in a different way.


I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) believing in and working within their ethical framework.  Obtaining my Diploma from the Wealden Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy I also adhere to their values and principles in the way I work as a counsellor.


I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation when we can discuss what you are looking for, its also a chance for us both to meet each other and see if we can work together.  I work in two different locations in Hove offering appointments at different times and days including evenings and weekends,which can be discussed during our initial meeting. 


I have sessions which I am able to offer at a reduced rate to students and people on lower income.  Sessions last for 50 minutes and are normally weekly, fortnightly or more regularly to meet your needs.