Psychotherapy and counselling is increasingly
recognised to be of lasting benefit.

It can offer a safe, private place to talk about personal problems and the stresses of modern living.
Some therapists view it as higher education for our emotional life.

Who I am

I am a qualified and experienced integrative Lewes counsellor and psychotherapist. I have a Msc/Clin. Dip. in psychotherapy and counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London.
Formerly, I trained in psychotherapy and counselling at London’s Regent’s College. I am accredited with both professional bodies: UKCP and BACP. I have also worked as a writer and editor.

Accreditation

I am a registered and accredited practitioner with both the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

My approach

I am an integrative, relational counsellor and therapist.

Integrative just means I work within my own framework, integrating different but complementary strands of therapy from psychodynamic and humanistic traditions, in particular TA. I believe that one size does not fit all. We are individuals and what may suit one person may not suit another. Psychodynamic/developmental approaches examine how the past can impact the present, and how internal conflicts can lead to emotional suffering. Humanistic views seek to understand how more conscious thoughts and feelings shape behaviour; and how you perceive yourself or subjectivity: what it is like to be you for example, and what conditions do you need to grow as a person.

Relational means I aim to meet your relational needs. Sometimes you may need help with acting on a problem; at other times, to talk or identify your thoughts and feelings. Relational also means I am interested in all your relationships, past and present.

How can I help?

I aim to help you in gaining a perspective about whatever is concerning you. Together we can identify what may be preventing you reach your potential.

I am trained to look beyond presenting problems to possible underlying causes; to see how we can project our psychological history onto the world. This is to help you understand and accept yourself; to change your behaviour to something better for you, and to help you move towards becoming the kind of person you want to be. Words inspired by therapist Stephen Palmer, 2005

I’m not a CBT therapist but, if needed, I will incorporate some of these techniques. As well as alleviating symptoms and problems, I see therapy as offering a keener appreciation of yourself and those around you, and perhaps ultimately a quiet place inside of yourself you can go to draw strength from.

You Don’t Have To Be In Crisis

Therapy and Counselling can assist with:

  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Work Stress
  • Sexuality
  • Stuckness
  • Something is Not Right
  • Issues from Childhood
  • Parenting
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders

As said, you don’t have to be in crisis to benefit. It can assist you with:

  • Spiritual growth and self knowledge
  • Expanding your choices
  • Resolving inner conflicts
  • Who am I? Finding direction and identity

Initial session

I suggest an initial session or assessment to see whether we are right for each other (£25). There is no obligation to continue.

Fees

I charge £40 per session. You can pay by cash or cheque for a session; or monthly via bank transfer.

Session Length

A session lasts 50 minutes and usually is held once a week at the same time and place.

Contact me

If you wish to book an initial appointment, call 07794 308989 (message) and I will be happy to return your call.
You can also email me at kate@katehopetherapy.co.uk

Location

I work from a quiet location in South Way in Lewes, East Sussex (see map below).
There is free on-road parking, and bus stops nearby.