Ben Middleton Pg. Dip. MBACP
Brighton and Hove Counsellor
Areas I work with
About me and how I work.
This section will tell you a bit about my training, influences and approach. Choosing the right counsellor for you is important, so please do feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.
I work in a collaborative way that aims to support you to identify what is going on for you and how you can begin to deal with it. You are the expert on you, I can help you find a way through the issues you are facing that works for you as an individual, a unique human being.
My approach is heavily influenced by existential thinking. So while we may well talk about the past I am likely to encourage you to think about how that is affecting you now and what it might mean for the future. What is your current experience of the world (mentally, emotionally and physically)? How do you relate to others? How do you understand what is happening to you? Where do you have, or where can you create, choice in your life?
I want to help you find the natural flow of your world and to work with that rather than against it - for each of us that balance will be different. I also reject the idea that our mind and body can be some how separated and worked on without reference to the other, I believe our body is often trying to tell us when we are emotionally suffering. This means when we work together we are very likely to look at how you are physically reacting to your world and not just what you are thinking.
Sometimes it can be hard to express what we really feel, to find the words to describe what is going on. I will try to work with you in ways that allow for this. We might use drawing, working with objects or other ways to get to the feelings underlying what is happening for you. But rest assured, we will always work in a way that you are comfortable with.
In my private practice I aim to be as flexible as possible to minimise barriers people may face in accessing counselling.
My training and experience
I have undertaken in-depth sudy of a number of more traditional approaches to therapy, integrated around the relationship between client and therapist. What this means in practice is that the way I work will depend upon you, on what you want to look at and how we work best together. I have also studied and practice mindfulness and where helpful can bring elements of that into the work we do.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy. I am an insured and registered member of BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework. I have had training in both short and longer term work with trauma. I am trained in and provide substance misuse counselling in Brighton. I have also had training in Body Psychotherapy with the Brighton School for Embodied Therapy. I hold a recent enfhanced DBS certificate and I am registered with the Information Commissioner (ref: ZA261479).
As well as my private counselling practice, I have worked with Mankind - a Brighton based charity providing counselling to male survivors of sexual abuse. I currently work with Sussex Alcohol Counselling Service, a group of trained private addiction therapists and previously did this with CRI for Brghton and Hove Council.
I worked with The Fed (now PossAbility People), a disabled people's organisation for over three years, offering low cost counselling to disabled people and carers. Through this, and other work outside of counselling, I have developed an ability to work with people facing barriers to communication and aim to offer a neurodiverseity positive approach (I am also listed on the NAS Autism Services Directory).
For many years I helped train volunteers for a charity that provides emotional support. Following a previous career as a Director and CEO of national charities, I run a separate business providing training, coaching and consultancy services.
Where and when I work
I work from a fully accessible consulting room next to Preston Park train station in Brighton where there is some dedicated parking available. I also see clients in the Brunswick Town area of Hove (unfortunately this building does not have disabled access). I generally see clients on Mondays in Hove, and Fridays in the Preston Park area and in Hove, there may be other times available. For clients with mobility problems, home visits can be arranged. i also work with clients by phone - but usually after we have had at least one face to face meeting.
The soft overcomes the hard;
the gentle overcomes the rigid.
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