'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 and BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist based in the Brighton and Hove area.
I value honesty, integrity, equality, compassion and genuine relationships. While no one has all the answers, we can work together to find solutions and help you build personal resilience and effective coping strategies.
I offer an integrative approach to therapy, meaning that I draw on more than one type of therapy model and tailor it to your needs and concerns. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and relational psychodynamic 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. I offer individual therapy on an open-ended basis or for an agreed period of time. As a Counselling Psychologist, I am experienced in helping clients who are struggling with a 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!
"Pure awareness transcends thinking. It allows you to step outside the chattering negative self-talk and your reactive impulses and emotions. It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life"
~ Professor Mark Williams