About Me

I am a humanistic counsellor, which means that I believe you are the expert on yourself and my role is to facilitate a non-judgemental, empathic space in which you are able to find your own truths. I work mostly from the 'inside out', meaning we explore what's at the core of you and how this might impact your present life. Getting to know what drives our feelings, thoughts and behaviours can help create meaningful, long-term change. I work integratively and creatively, drawing on modalities that are most suited to you. 

I am non-pathological in my approach and I do not diagnose or analyse you. You are a unique human being with a unique story.  We might not always understand, or even like, why we think, feel and behave in certain ways but once we look beneath the surface we usually find good reasons why we are who we are. Once we become more aware, we start being able to choose who we want to be and how we want to live our lives. Our focus is on the present, our here-and-now experience, which at times leads us to the past. 

I follow the biopsychosocial model which

 

acknowledges that there are several components that collectively impact our wellbeing and our experience of the world. I am particularly interested in the social component as many of us underestimate just how much we are impacted by others and our environment. In my work, I have found that people often feel completely helpless or guilty about the way they feel. Exploring emotional wellbeing through the biopsychosocial lens allows us to develop more self-compassion and self-empowerment.

In my practice, I am gender sexuality and relationship diversity affirmative. This means I'm mindful of my use of language, avoid making assumptions and do not attach judgement to you or the life you choose to lead - I regard all identities and consensual lifestyles as part of human diversity. I have a broad understanding of the impact culture and society have on us all, particularly on those from marginalised communities. My aim is to provide you with a space in which you feel safe, seen, heard and understood. 

Qualifications and Experience

I trained at Wealden College for Counselling and Psychotherapy, in Crowborough. Wealden College strongly encourage their students to go through a similar process which you might engage with as a client in therapy. This is an essential part of becoming a therapist as you can be assured that I have done 'the work' myself. I have developed a good sense of self-awareness which enables me to be an intuitive, robust and effective counsellor.

I take continuous, professional development very seriously as I want to ensure that I am as knowledgeable and as up-to-date in my work, as I can possibly be. Recent training I have undertaken include:

  • HIV Awareness Training, Terrence Trust, Sussex Beacon, Brighton

  • Understanding Kink & BDSM, Pink Therapy, online

  • Working with Compulsive, Sexual Behaviours, Silva Neeves, Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology, Cambridge

  • Working with Trauma, Joanna Beazley, Wealden College, Crowborough

  • Telehealth Training - Practicing Counselling Online, Kate Anthony, online

I have practiced as a counsellor in several Brighton and Hove- based organisations, such as the BIMM Institute, Pavilions and MindOut. I have also previously volunteered at Survivors Network.

Patricia Gough, Brighton & Hove | patriciagough.counselling@outlook.com | 07975 958075

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