Counselling and Psychotherapy

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What is therapy and counselling?

Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you manage issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, bereavement, divorce, anger, self-confidence and more.

We can also help you with relationship counselling including LGBTQ, drug & alcohol counselling, stress counselling, IVF and difficulties in conceiving, bereavement counselling, social media counselling and much more.

Who is Jessica Valentine?

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist living in Brighton who is recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as the British Psychological Society (BPS). Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist.  Specialising in women’s wellbeing (anti-natal support), sexual health (individual and couples), child and adolescent therapy and testing, family and marriage counselling as well as special needs support. Offering Supervision for psychology and counselling students.  Medico-legal reports available upon request. Working with clients who have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and BPD (borderline personality disorder).  Other conditions and issues that I have experience working with are eating disorders, Trichotillomania, hoarding, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), bipolar, children of divorce, women going through divorce, relationship advice, anger management, bullying in the workplace as well as within the school system.  If you think you would like to speak to me about something just get in touch.

My therapeutic approach is eclectic following the Humanistic approach as well as the Behaviouristic approach to counselling.  Humanistic counselling offers the client an opportunity to explore the whole self, instead of specific problems or issues relating to particular periods in their life.  Even though we have a predisposed make up of who we are the behavioural approach assumes all behaviours are learnt, and that our experiences and environment make us who we are.  With that, each client has different experiences and that is where the person-centred approach to therapy takes place.  Because every client is different, treatment will be different.  However, there is a consistent foundation of wellbeing that we will develop together to ensure the outcome of happiness or any goals that you set for yourself.  I believe that people can achieve success by creating and achieving short-term and long-term goals as well as by practising the art of wellbeing.

If you are seeking immediate counselling or a psychologist in Brighton- Hove or seeking a long term more psychodynamic approach to therapy I can help.  Treatment can be specifically tailored for the individual.  As mentioned already above, in the past I have worked with clients who have eating disorders, PTSD, Bi-Polar, BPD, depression, anxiety, cutting, Trichotillomainia, Aspergers, anger management, stress, rehabilitation and much more. Even though I work with many individuals both male and female, I specialise in child and adolescent therapy and work closely with children and young adults, parents and schools.  If you are seeking a non-judgemental, safe place to ‘off-load’ I can do that, too.

My counselling approach:

My counselling approach is based on the theories of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I also use talk-therapy. In some cases I will use the Psychodynamic Approach; however, all treatment is person-centred.

Humanistic psychology focuses on each individual’s potential and stresses the importance of growth and self-actualization. The fundamental belief of humanistic psychology is that people are innately good and that mental and social problems result from deviations from this natural tendency.

Person-centred therapy (also known as “client-centred” counselling). Person-centred therapy focuses on an individual’s self worth and values. Being valued as a person, without being judged, can help an individual to accept who they are, and reconnect with themselves.

Treatments that I use:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

CBT cannot remove your problems, but it can help you deal with them in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

CBT aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.  Read more about how CBT works.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) 

The goal of DBT is to help you learn to manage your difficult emotions by letting yourself experience, recognise and accept them. Then as you learn to accept and regulate your emotions, you also become more able to change your harmful behaviour. To help you achieve this, DBT therapists use a balance of acceptance and change techniques.

What does ‘dialectics’ mean?

In a nutshell, ‘dialectics’ means trying to balance opposite positions and look at how they go together. For example, in DBT, you will work with your therapist to find a good balance between:

  • Acceptance – accepting yourself as you are.
  • Change – making positive changes in your life.

You might eventually come to feel that these goals are not as conflicting as they first seem. For example, coming to understand and accept yourself, your experiences and your emotions, can then help you learn to deal with your feelings in a different way.

Talk therapy can help you work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes. They can help people who are feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives as well as people with a mental health problem.

Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help you deal with times when you feel troubled about something. If you turn a worry over and over in your mind, the worry can grow. But talking about it can help you work out what is really bothering you and explore what you could do about it.

Talking is an important part of our relationships. It can strengthen your ties with other people and help you stay in good mental health. And being listened to helps you feel that other people care about you and what you have to say.

Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.  It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with your wife, husband or partner.  It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries and deal with troublesome habits and a wide range of mental disorders.

Psychotherapy can help you to discuss feelings you have about yourself and other people, particularly family and those close to you.  In some cases, couples or families are offered joint therapy sessions together.  Read more about how psychotherapy works.

Art therapy helps clients find an outlet for often complex and confusing emotions, which they may not necessarily be able to express verbally. I mainly use this method with younger children who may not be able to define emotions or feelings.

There is a consistent foundation of wellbeing that we will develop together to ensure the outcome of happiness from any goal(s) that you set for yourself.  I believe that people can achieve success and happiness by creating and achieving short-term and long-term goals as well as practising the art of wellbeing. If you would like to learn more about how counselling can help you please contact me. I practice counselling in Brighton (and in Hove).

*all therapeutic sessions are held in strictest confidence.

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