Counselling in Brighton and Hove

PUBLISHED: 16:10 20 June 2017


Swbcounselling is now offering counselling in Brighton and Hove for a variety of issues.

My name is Sarah Brown, and I’m a counselling therapist living and working in the Hove area. I’m qualified in sexual assault/abuse, PTSD, cognitive counselling, anorexia counselling, and couples counselling. I can provide counselling to men, with a keen insight into the male experience in today’s world. Gender informed, I can provide counselling for gender dysphoria and other gender issues, and can provide help with sex/intimacy issues.

Life can be difficult to navigate under the best of circumstances, and these days, few of us live in the best of circumstances. Things are not always straightforward, and it can be difficult sometimes to know what the problem actually even is. For instance, I’ve had men approach me with what they thought were anger/stress issues only to discover upon working together with me that they’re actually depressed. Men suffer depression in different ways from women, and they process emotions differently. The most common reaction for men to distress is anger, due to the very nature of testosterone. Hormones play a key role in the way both men and women react to different situations in life, and this is generally not accurately portrayed or understood. Men can also feel pressured by society to keep that stiff upper lip. It can be a challenge for me to help them to understand that big boys do indeed get to cry. Understanding and managing emotions as a man can be like walking a minefield, but I’m able to help in an empathetic way, giving respect and dignity to the male experience and viewpoint. I have experience in successfully helping men to deal with grief, loss, anger and trauma.

I can work with victims of domestic violence, violence, sexual assault or abuse, and soldiers. People who have experienced traumatic events need support in sorting their way through the fallout. The time that I’ve spent talking to soldiers about their unique experiences has convinced me that I can do more to help them, and I do want to do more work with soldiers. There is currently not enough support to meet their needs. I can also help prison officers, police officers, medics, doctors, case workers, and others who have trauma, stress, or distress caused by their work. I can also help the families of soldiers, who have unique issues to face. The spouses of soldiers can find it difficult to understand what has happened to their partner, and can find it almost impossible to get any kind of help or support. Finding someone to talk to is important for them, too.

Depression and lack of direction are other issues that many face these days, and I can help. I have blogs on my website that explain what depression really is, as well as “top ten” questions about depression, stress, and PTSD. Many people who work in care roles, such as doctors, care workers, health nurses and case workers, also can become fatigued and unable to work in that role with the caring that they used to have. This is known as compassion fatigue, and it’s basically burn-out caused by caring for others too much and for yourself too little. Visit my website for further information, and to request a free consultation.

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