Are you ready to make a change?
If your usual way of doing things isn't working for you, let's find a way that does.
Hi, I'm Hayley, and I'm a counsellor who supports people to make the changes they want in their life
Originally from Essex, I've lived in Brighton and Hove since 2008. I’m a Registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a Professional Member of the Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO). I work with adults, aged 18 years and over, who have challenges with anxiety and self-esteem. My goal is to help you stop feeling overwhelmed and start guiding you to where things feel manageable again.
Like everyone else, I’m human. I’ve been through both wonderful and difficult experiences that have shaped who I am and how I help people.
Having my own struggles with anxiety led me to seek out therapy. I wanted to understand myself better, to find ways to cope and to live my life the way I wanted to. My life experiences are what led me to become the counsellor I am today.
As a therapist, I love helping people make positive changes and watching them transform their lives. I am committed to helping you to reach a place where things feel more manageable again. The most rewarding thing about being a counsellor is seeing a person walk away lighter, more free, and excited about their life.
I will bring supportive and encouraging energy to our sessions, and I can:
Understand people’s experiences
Uncover what’s under the surface
Collaborate with people to set goals and help them reach them
Be flexible on the path of discovering what’s going on
Our Sessions Are Focused On You
Our sessions allow you the time and space to step away from the noise of the world. Having space to feel safe and comfortable, you’ll be able to gain clarity and to be understood and heard.
It’s important to me to provide a non-judgemental space where you can be yourself, and to make sure that the process is collaborative. There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to counselling, so our sessions will be tailored to fit your specific needs. I draw on various approaches when I work, including Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Solution Focussed Therapies. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety and OCD, which includes Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
As a counsellor, I believe that -
You deserve to feel better
Sometimes, those small steps in the right direction end up being the biggest steps of all
Loving and accepting ourselves for who we are, scars and all, is one of the most courageous things we can do
Therapy should consider the person as a whole – their mind, body, and spirit
There is no shame in asking for help
I believe that as humans we need to be considered in the context of our environment, so when we work together we can look at all areas of your life. I follow the Health At Every Size ® (HAES®) approach, have received training in the non-diet approach, and provide a size-inclusive and body-positive experience.
My Professional Background and Experience
I trained at Wealden College of Counselling and Psychotherapy and qualified as an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor in 2019. I am qualified to work online providing counselling by phone and by webcam, and am a professional member of ACTO (Level 2 Therapist).
Additionally, I have recently attended training in CBT for Anxiety and OCD, Introduction to the Non-Diet Approach, and Mindfulness and Stress Reduction.
I have experience in counselling a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, sleep issues, relationship issues, women's issues, bereavement and loss.
My background is working within the NHS, and since 2018 I have worked as a counsellor with several charities and organisations:
As You Are in Southwick - offering support for stress and anxiety (2018 - 2019)
Martlets in Hove - bereavement counselling (2019)
BIMM Brighton (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) - providing counselling for students (2018 - 2019)
Psychology Sussex - counselling for a range of issues (2020)
Drop-in group facilitator with Survivors Network (rape crisis centre) (2017-2018)
Let’s Discover How I Can Help
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