Chronic Illness Counselling in Brighton

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Photo of Philip Erritty, Psychotherapist in Brighton, England
Philip Erritty
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Brighton BN2
I'm an accredited therapist with the BACP who works from a psychodynamic approach. I am also trained in, and work with CBT. I work with adults, teens and older age and have particular focus in anxiety/depression, OCD/intrusive thoughts, chronic illness/disability and LGBT+ issues. But maybe you’re experiencing a crisis, loss or bereavement that has come to dominate your life? Whatever the challenge is to your sense of safety, happiness and peace, I provide a containing and open space for you to explore yourself without judgment and to begin to meet the challenges in your life.
I'm an accredited therapist with the BACP who works from a psychodynamic approach. I am also trained in, and work with CBT. I work with adults, teens and older age and have particular focus in anxiety/depression, OCD/intrusive thoughts, chronic illness/disability and LGBT+ issues. But maybe you’re experiencing a crisis, loss or bereavement that has come to dominate your life? Whatever the challenge is to your sense of safety, happiness and peace, I provide a containing and open space for you to explore yourself without judgment and to begin to meet the challenges in your life.
01273 092666 View 01273 092666
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Jules Haley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Brighton BN1
I’m a queer person-centred therapist and clinical upervisor offering long or short term, individual and couples/ relationship counselling online and in Worthing/Brighton. I use the pronouns ‘she/they’. I work with adults (18+) who have a range of life experiences including trauma/abuse, chronic illness, alcohol issues, sexual health, sexuality and gender. I work with people from a range of cultural backgrounds including queer, poly and and kink communities, neurodiversity, asexuality, and people who identify or questioning across the gender spectrum. I am committed to providing an inclusive, safe and confidential space.
I’m a queer person-centred therapist and clinical upervisor offering long or short term, individual and couples/ relationship counselling online and in Worthing/Brighton. I use the pronouns ‘she/they’. I work with adults (18+) who have a range of life experiences including trauma/abuse, chronic illness, alcohol issues, sexual health, sexuality and gender. I work with people from a range of cultural backgrounds including queer, poly and and kink communities, neurodiversity, asexuality, and people who identify or questioning across the gender spectrum. I am committed to providing an inclusive, safe and confidential space.
020 3960 5056 View 020 3960 5056
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Rowan Moloney
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton BN1
I often work with chronic illness, loss and grief & trauma and dissociation.
Are there parts of you that feel unrepresented, hidden, anxious, ashamed, angry, or judged by others? We aren't born feeling this way, have you ever wondered how you got to where you are now? My clients come to me because they trust I can weather the hard places we visit together. We need to be able to talk about the harder things in life and I would like to offer you the space for this; a space of acceptance, warmth, and goodwill. Let's connect the dots of where you are now, how you got here, and work towards where you'd like to be. Please know that all parts of you are welcome with me. There is hope and there can be healing.
I often work with chronic illness, loss and grief & trauma and dissociation.
Are there parts of you that feel unrepresented, hidden, anxious, ashamed, angry, or judged by others? We aren't born feeling this way, have you ever wondered how you got to where you are now? My clients come to me because they trust I can weather the hard places we visit together. We need to be able to talk about the harder things in life and I would like to offer you the space for this; a space of acceptance, warmth, and goodwill. Let's connect the dots of where you are now, how you got here, and work towards where you'd like to be. Please know that all parts of you are welcome with me. There is hope and there can be healing.
01323 403293 View 01323 403293
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Victoria O'Callaghan Therapy
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Brighton BN1
I specialise in working with questions about sexuality and gender identify, chronic illness, and experiences of anxiety, depression and obsessive thinking.
Entering therapy is a rare opportunity for reflection in a complex, often overwhelming world. After many years in sexual health research and service design grappling with the social and cultural forces that shape our experiences and desires, I believe the therapy process can help bring about lasting change. This goes beyond self-improvement; it gets to the heart of what living well involves for each of us. Working psychodynamically, with respect for the unique influence unconscious patterns, narratives and beliefs have on our lives, we can understand how these protect us and hinder our efforts to live creative, fulfilling lives.
I specialise in working with questions about sexuality and gender identify, chronic illness, and experiences of anxiety, depression and obsessive thinking.
Entering therapy is a rare opportunity for reflection in a complex, often overwhelming world. After many years in sexual health research and service design grappling with the social and cultural forces that shape our experiences and desires, I believe the therapy process can help bring about lasting change. This goes beyond self-improvement; it gets to the heart of what living well involves for each of us. Working psychodynamically, with respect for the unique influence unconscious patterns, narratives and beliefs have on our lives, we can understand how these protect us and hinder our efforts to live creative, fulfilling lives.
01273 092379 View 01273 092379
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Alicia Tromp
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified
Brighton BN1  (Online Only)
I’m a warm, caring humanistic therapist working online. I specialise in depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, family issues and abuse. I also work with clients affected by chronic illness, including ME / chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine and vestibular conditions. I welcome people of all ages (16+) and identities. I am LGBTQIA+ affirmative. I speak English, French and Dutch and can offer therapy in any of these languages. Sensitivity to cultural diversity informs my practice. I currently have availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
I’m a warm, caring humanistic therapist working online. I specialise in depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, family issues and abuse. I also work with clients affected by chronic illness, including ME / chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine and vestibular conditions. I welcome people of all ages (16+) and identities. I am LGBTQIA+ affirmative. I speak English, French and Dutch and can offer therapy in any of these languages. Sensitivity to cultural diversity informs my practice. I currently have availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
01889 227330 View 01889 227330
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Andrea Percy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Brighton BN2
I work relationally to help clients understand how past experiences and relationships might be impacting current difficulties. Therapy can help make changes to these often hard-wired patterns and facilitate the development of more healthy fulfilling relationships. By building a relationship based upon trust, empathy and acceptance therapy enables a greater awareness and understanding of how and where difficulties have arisen and provides the conditions for change to occur.
I work relationally to help clients understand how past experiences and relationships might be impacting current difficulties. Therapy can help make changes to these often hard-wired patterns and facilitate the development of more healthy fulfilling relationships. By building a relationship based upon trust, empathy and acceptance therapy enables a greater awareness and understanding of how and where difficulties have arisen and provides the conditions for change to occur.
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Andi Heaton
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified
Brighton BN2
A warm welcome. My name is Andi and I am an independent private provider of counselling and psychotherapy across the Brighton area. My focus is on helping clients overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues to get life back on track as quickly and effectively as possible. I offer a caring and flexible approach to your individual needs and am trained in a variety of approaches which enables me to help you find your own answers and guide you through difficult times. Where possible you can be seen quickly and I aim to get back to you within a few hours. Evening appointments available Tuesday to Thursday
A warm welcome. My name is Andi and I am an independent private provider of counselling and psychotherapy across the Brighton area. My focus is on helping clients overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues to get life back on track as quickly and effectively as possible. I offer a caring and flexible approach to your individual needs and am trained in a variety of approaches which enables me to help you find your own answers and guide you through difficult times. Where possible you can be seen quickly and I aim to get back to you within a few hours. Evening appointments available Tuesday to Thursday
01273 037838 View 01273 037838
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Annabelle Clarke
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Brighton BN1
Hi, I'm Annabelle. I am a qualified integrative counsellor. This means I can draw on a range of psychological approaches and tailor my approach to your needs - whether you need someone to sit with you in your pain, help you find acceptance, explore changes in your sense of self, heal wounds from the past or make positive changes for the future. Perhaps you have experienced loss, relationship issues, anxiety or trauma. Looking after your mental health is not selfish and can help you develop resilience. I have 10 years' experience in the NHS working psychotherapeutically with clients with depression, anxiety and health challenges.
Hi, I'm Annabelle. I am a qualified integrative counsellor. This means I can draw on a range of psychological approaches and tailor my approach to your needs - whether you need someone to sit with you in your pain, help you find acceptance, explore changes in your sense of self, heal wounds from the past or make positive changes for the future. Perhaps you have experienced loss, relationship issues, anxiety or trauma. Looking after your mental health is not selfish and can help you develop resilience. I have 10 years' experience in the NHS working psychotherapeutically with clients with depression, anxiety and health challenges.
01444 718224 View 01444 718224
Photo of Candida Maltby, Psychotherapist in Brighton, England
Candida Maltby
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
Brighton BN2
I offer a pragmatic and human approach to psychological distress. I believe we all have times in our lives when we need to sit with another person and work out what is going on and how to move past it. I offer this with warmth, compassion and experience. My background is in physical health and I am able to offer a holistic approach to therapy. I have experience working with people who also have long-term physical health conditions, and am very aware of how these aspects interweave and impact on the person. I work with abuse issues and have experience working with domestic and sexual violence, to gain clarity and understanding.
I offer a pragmatic and human approach to psychological distress. I believe we all have times in our lives when we need to sit with another person and work out what is going on and how to move past it. I offer this with warmth, compassion and experience. My background is in physical health and I am able to offer a holistic approach to therapy. I have experience working with people who also have long-term physical health conditions, and am very aware of how these aspects interweave and impact on the person. I work with abuse issues and have experience working with domestic and sexual violence, to gain clarity and understanding.
01273 092158 View 01273 092158
Photo of Dr Miriam Lobo, Psychologist in Brighton, England
Dr Miriam Lobo
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Brighton BN2
I'm Dr Miriam Lobo, a Brighton and Hove, Senior Clinical Psychologist. I have more than 20 years of experience of providing psychological support both in the NHS and private practice. I have extensive experience of working with both adults, children, young people and families across the majority of mental health issues and diagnosis. From anxiety conditions, health issues, relationships issues, self harm, stress, OCD, depression, ASC, and longer term conditions. I have a specialised interest in ASC, Birth Trauma, sexual health, OCD and anxiety presentations. I split my time to work with both adults and young people and families.
I'm Dr Miriam Lobo, a Brighton and Hove, Senior Clinical Psychologist. I have more than 20 years of experience of providing psychological support both in the NHS and private practice. I have extensive experience of working with both adults, children, young people and families across the majority of mental health issues and diagnosis. From anxiety conditions, health issues, relationships issues, self harm, stress, OCD, depression, ASC, and longer term conditions. I have a specialised interest in ASC, Birth Trauma, sexual health, OCD and anxiety presentations. I split my time to work with both adults and young people and families.
01273 092876 View 01273 092876
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Maggie Wood - Bodhi Tree Dramatherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Brighton BN1
Hi, I believe healing & change can happen within a therapy space that holds safety and trust. Would you like to create positive change? My sessions offer a friendly, warm, holistic, compassionate and safe environment. I work with people from various nationalities, cultures & walks of life & have special interest working with: neurodiversity & integration; ABI/TBI; ADHD; autism; dyspraxia; long term covid; dis/ability; chronic health issues; relationship body & mind; carers and young; HSP; nature and women's health. My intention is to support clients gain more awareness and tools to help support their life journey.
Hi, I believe healing & change can happen within a therapy space that holds safety and trust. Would you like to create positive change? My sessions offer a friendly, warm, holistic, compassionate and safe environment. I work with people from various nationalities, cultures & walks of life & have special interest working with: neurodiversity & integration; ABI/TBI; ADHD; autism; dyspraxia; long term covid; dis/ability; chronic health issues; relationship body & mind; carers and young; HSP; nature and women's health. My intention is to support clients gain more awareness and tools to help support their life journey.
01273 005150 View 01273 005150
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Dr Nikki Pitman
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Brighton BN2
I am a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist who specalises in working with people experiencing PTSD or complex trauma as well as long-term health conditions. I am passionate about working alongside people to enable them to achieve meaningful, long-lasting change by using evidence-based psychological therapy. I have experience working with a range of mental health difficulties and work within a physical health setting within my NHS role.
I am a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist who specalises in working with people experiencing PTSD or complex trauma as well as long-term health conditions. I am passionate about working alongside people to enable them to achieve meaningful, long-lasting change by using evidence-based psychological therapy. I have experience working with a range of mental health difficulties and work within a physical health setting within my NHS role.
01273 092938 View 01273 092938
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Hannah Stocks
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Brighton BN1  (Online Only)
For me and my practice, it is really important to understand and acknowledge the complexity of every individuals experience. I endeavour to do this by holding an open mind and creating a safe boundaried space in which we can both get to know you better. I encorporate a range of theories and skills in order to best facilitate your individual process and needs. Within my practice I work with a range of issues such as anxiety & depression, sexual abuse, trauma, sexuality exploration, gender, anger, loss, illness and body image. I am currently working online.
For me and my practice, it is really important to understand and acknowledge the complexity of every individuals experience. I endeavour to do this by holding an open mind and creating a safe boundaried space in which we can both get to know you better. I encorporate a range of theories and skills in order to best facilitate your individual process and needs. Within my practice I work with a range of issues such as anxiety & depression, sexual abuse, trauma, sexuality exploration, gender, anger, loss, illness and body image. I am currently working online.
01273 099026 View 01273 099026
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Catherine Pitfield
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Brighton BN1
Hello, I’m Catherine and I’m a registered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in child and family work. I qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of East London in 2013, and have been working within the NHS, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and privately with children and families since. I specialise in working with children and families to overcome difficulties and reach their preferred futures. I have expertise in working with children and families in Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings, Paediatrics and Schools.
Hello, I’m Catherine and I’m a registered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in child and family work. I qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of East London in 2013, and have been working within the NHS, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and privately with children and families since. I specialise in working with children and families to overcome difficulties and reach their preferred futures. I have expertise in working with children and families in Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings, Paediatrics and Schools.
01273 036112 View 01273 036112
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Lucy Matthews
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Brighton BN2
Hi, I’m Lucy (she/her) a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I see clients in person near Uckfield in East Sussex. My practice is 30 minutes’ drive from Brighton and Eastbourne, on a main bus route and with private free parking. I also offer sessions online. I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for help, I will provide a warm, welcoming, confidential and safe space for you to explore what is on your mind and troubling you. We will work together to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and explore your thoughts, feelings and desires.
Hi, I’m Lucy (she/her) a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I see clients in person near Uckfield in East Sussex. My practice is 30 minutes’ drive from Brighton and Eastbourne, on a main bus route and with private free parking. I also offer sessions online. I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for help, I will provide a warm, welcoming, confidential and safe space for you to explore what is on your mind and troubling you. We will work together to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and explore your thoughts, feelings and desires.
01825 703182 View 01825 703182
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Cat Page
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton BN1
Hello, I’m Cat (she/they), and I’m a humanistic counselling therapist. Contacting a counsellor can be scary, I know, I’ve been there too. I would like to offer a warm welcome to you, just as you are right now. There are many reasons why people seek counselling. Perhaps you are feeling different or disconnected from other people and the world around you. Maybe you feel like you don’t fit in, you’re lonely, or you find relationships difficult or confusing. Sometimes as humans we get stuck, anxious or depressed and need some support through difficult times.
Hello, I’m Cat (she/they), and I’m a humanistic counselling therapist. Contacting a counsellor can be scary, I know, I’ve been there too. I would like to offer a warm welcome to you, just as you are right now. There are many reasons why people seek counselling. Perhaps you are feeling different or disconnected from other people and the world around you. Maybe you feel like you don’t fit in, you’re lonely, or you find relationships difficult or confusing. Sometimes as humans we get stuck, anxious or depressed and need some support through difficult times.
01273 092904 View 01273 092904
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Remy Marckus
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Brighton BN2
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has been studying and working in the field for the past 22 years and I now run a private practice in Mid Sussex. With over 15 years of experience working in the NHS I have developed a keen interest in supporting people to build confidence in managing a wide range of difficulties such as Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Health Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Bereavement Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has been studying and working in the field for the past 22 years and I now run a private practice in Mid Sussex. With over 15 years of experience working in the NHS I have developed a keen interest in supporting people to build confidence in managing a wide range of difficulties such as Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Health Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Bereavement Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
01444 719164 View 01444 719164
Photo of Claire Prendergast, Psychotherapist in Brighton, England
Claire Prendergast
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton BN1
My approach is to offer a safe and non-judgemental space in which you can explore the experiences in your life that are causing you difficulty, or those areas that you wish to take a deeper look at in order to understand more fully. There are no areas or issues that are excluded from our therapy sessions and I will meet you with compassion and curiosity, inviting a present moment exploration of your feelings, thoughts and experiences.
My approach is to offer a safe and non-judgemental space in which you can explore the experiences in your life that are causing you difficulty, or those areas that you wish to take a deeper look at in order to understand more fully. There are no areas or issues that are excluded from our therapy sessions and I will meet you with compassion and curiosity, inviting a present moment exploration of your feelings, thoughts and experiences.
01825 705365 View 01825 705365
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Stephanie Baum
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
Brighton BN1
Do you feel drained and exhausted but don’t really know why? Do you observe other people around you seemingly effortlessly manage tasks that you seem unable to accomplish? Do you notice repeating patterns in your relationships or at work? Do you feel stuck? Do you feel you never found out who you really are or what you are good at? Do your passions, interests, relationships or jobs change all the time? Do you feel like you will never find out what you really want? Would you like to have more connection with yourself? Find more access to that inner voice that seems to know what you really need, deep inside?
Do you feel drained and exhausted but don’t really know why? Do you observe other people around you seemingly effortlessly manage tasks that you seem unable to accomplish? Do you notice repeating patterns in your relationships or at work? Do you feel stuck? Do you feel you never found out who you really are or what you are good at? Do your passions, interests, relationships or jobs change all the time? Do you feel like you will never find out what you really want? Would you like to have more connection with yourself? Find more access to that inner voice that seems to know what you really need, deep inside?
01273 093019 View 01273 093019
Photo of Prof Darren Langdridge, Psychotherapist in Brighton, England
Prof Darren Langdridge
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified
Brighton BN1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, who has worked in a range of settings with a wide range of clients. My way of working involves helping clients to gain increased insight and control over their presenting concerns or issues. Clients see me for a range of reasons including addictions, anxiety, bereavement, depression, illness, relationship difficulties and many other concerns. I have particular expertise working with clients wanting to explore questions around meaning of life. I am also a Professor of Psychology in HE and provide training therapy, as well as clinical and educational supervision.
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, who has worked in a range of settings with a wide range of clients. My way of working involves helping clients to gain increased insight and control over their presenting concerns or issues. Clients see me for a range of reasons including addictions, anxiety, bereavement, depression, illness, relationship difficulties and many other concerns. I have particular expertise working with clients wanting to explore questions around meaning of life. I am also a Professor of Psychology in HE and provide training therapy, as well as clinical and educational supervision.
01273 092840 View 01273 092840

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Chronic Illness Counsellors

How does therapy for chronic illness work?

Many people living with a chronic illness may feel they cannot speak honestly about their experience out of embarrassment or fear of being a burden, or because those close to them do not understand, for example, that they may “look good” even if they do not feel good. Therapy sessions are an opportunity to speak openly with someone who knows their symptoms are not in their head and who can offer practical, proven suggestions for managing feelings of grief, shame, or fatigue, such as techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts about symptoms and develop new ways to respond to them, such as distraction or calming breathing practices.

Can therapy help with physical symptoms of chronic illness?

Yes, especially if an individual with chronic illness has developed depression. People with depression are less likely to maintain their health treatment regimens or to take positive steps to manage physical symptoms when they arise, thereby potentially complicating their medical prognosis. Treatment of depression, through talk therapy, medication, or both, will often improve one’s physical state as it eases the emotional burden of illness.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic illness?

No one living with a chronic illness, or their loved ones, should see depression as an unavoidable result of their condition. Instead, they should actively seek treatment. Research shows that people with depression are less likely to devote the required time and effort to maintaining or monitoring their health, and so therapy to limit the risk of depression can be vital for physical health as well. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction have been found to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety.

How long does therapy for chronic illness take?

There is no set timeline for therapy for people living with chronic illnesses, but many will see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 weekly sessions. Some people feel that they experience progress faster than others but even some who quickly feel improvement may continue with sessions for months or years. Some people may benefit from maintenance therapy if their symptoms change or they experience a decline in physical health. Others find that the skills learned in short-term therapy can be used on an ongoing basis, even after therapy has concluded.