Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision in Lewes, East Sussex
Hello, and thanks for visiting my website. My name is Richard Church and I am an experienced, registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists. (BACP)
As a counsellor and psychotherapist in Lewes, East Sussex, I strive to create an environment of safety that will allow you to explore your own story. To look at your present circumstances, and understand how you came to be where you are. It is easy to feel like you are a victim of circumstance and one aim of counselling and psychotherapy is to shift us from that feeling and give us a greater sense of control over our lives.
I have been a qualified Integrated Counsellor & Psychotherapist since 2006. It's hard to believe sometimes that I am in my 14th year of private practice. The time has flown by. As you read on you will notice that I use the terms "counsellor" and "psychotherapist" and you may ask yourself, what's the difference? There is a very current and on going debate within my industry in regard to this question, but currently, my governing body, the BACP, recognises no official difference. They are essentially the same thing. The big debate is complex and many different voices are currently airing their views. If you force me into an opinion, then I could say counselling is often short term (6 to 12 weeks) and psychotherapy is longer term. My rational for that distinction is that the longer you are engaged in therapy, the deeper into your psyche you are likely to go. The deeper into your psyche you go, the more psychotherapeutic the relationship between us becomes. Others may make a differentiation based on the academic level of study. I am happy to elaborate on this debate in person, if that would be a benefit to you.
I began my counselling and psychotherapy training in 2003 when I lived in Brighton. After graduation I began building my private practice, providing therapy to clients from Brighton to Eastbourne and several places in between including Lewes, Hailsham and Newhaven. I obtained my accreditation from the BACP in 2008, and have continued to provide psychotherapy & counselling to Lewes and other East Sussex based clients since then. In 2010 I qualified as a supervisor of counsellors, psychotherapists and allied professionals and have been providing counselling supervision to East Sussex based psychotherapists since then.
These are just examples of what clients have bought to therapy. It is not always necessary to come with a label or a specific issue...sometimes people come to talk because they know something is not quite happening for them as they would like it to. There really are no restrictions on what you can talk about
You will find my Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision Services in the picturesque East Sussex town of Lewes. It is half way between Brighton and Eastbourne and a few miles north of Newhaven. I am easily accessed off of the A27.
More specifically, I am located right in the heart of Lewes around Cliffe High St. Click here to check my availability, location map and fees. I am easily reached by car from Eastbourne, Polegate, Hailsham, Newhaven and Brighton, as well as the mid Sussex towns of Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and Crowborough.
Alongside my private practice, I have also worked as a counsellor in Lewes providing psychotherapy to clients on Employee Assisted Programmes. Your employer may well be willing to pay for some short term counselling, so ask your human resources dept if you are entitled. I also accept referrals from private psychiatrists.
Thanks for visiting my website, and please feel free to browse for additional information. I am happy to answer phone calls or emails to answer any questions you may have.