'Should I go to therapy?' This question may take some time to contemplate before you decide that you are ready for counselling or psychological therapy. When any type of mental health or emotional concern affects your daily life and function, therapy can help you work through the difficulties you are experiencing. You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy. Many people in therapy seek help to talk through life challenges such as relationship problems, grief, parenting difficulties or family struggles.
During these times, it can be helpful to talk to a professional who can provide an outside perspective and help you gain insight into yourself so you can make better choices. My name is Dr Clarissa Bartlett, and I am a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist based in the Brighton and Hove area. I value honesty, integrity, equality, self-respect, compassion and genuine relationships. While there are no easy solutions, we can work together to find ways to help you build personal resilience and effective coping strategies.
I draw on more than one type of approach to counselling and tailor it to your needs and concerns. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and relational/neurobiological approaches to therapy. Above all, I place importance on the quality of the therapeutic relationship and always endeavour to work in a safe, non-judgemental and empathic way.
As a Counselling Psychologist, I am experienced in helping clients who are struggling with a wide range of issues such as:
Psychological therapy, as with all talking therapies, can help you work out how to deal with unpleasant thoughts and feelings and make positive changes in your life. Talking and communication is an essential part of human relationships. Current research in neuroscience has demonstrated how talking therapy can have a profound and positive impact on brain structure and function and thus, strengthen your connection with other people. In addition, psychological therapy can help you change unhelpful behaviour patterns where you can become stuck, and find more helpful ways of relating to yourself and others.
I hope that my website is useful for you and will answer some of your questions about me and how I work. My counselling practice is within easy reach of Hove Station and Central Brighton. Please feel free to call me for an initial chat on 07414 132700. Sometimes it is useful for someone to hear my voice to form a first impression. Otherwise you can always drop me an email!
"Long-lasting responses to trauma result not simply from the experience of fear and helplessness but from how our bodies interpret those experiences"
~ Rachel Yehuda, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine