Your path to better relationships & individual wellbeing

Tel: 01273 917732

Welcome to The Hove Counselling Practice in Brighton and Hove, where you will find professional help and guidance for many personal and interpersonal problems or challenges. 

Whether you are looking for support with an individual or relationship difficulty, we will help you to feel clearer about what you are experiencing, and provide, or recommend, the best treatment to transform your particular situation to a positive outcome.

 Brighton and Hove Counselling Therapy and Coaching

Couples Therapy

We can help you address challenges or difficulties you may be currently experiencing with your partner. Whether these involve issues of trust, infidelity, communication, parenting or lack of intimacy, we can help you to foster  greater interpersonal connection. 

Individual Therapy

If your life feels like hard work with little reward or enjoyment, we can help you to explore limiting perspectives and realise opportunities instead.  We can support you in discovering new possibilities as you embrace the power of conscious mindset.

Whether you are finding it difficult to 'stop' eating or to relax food 'restriction' and/or 'purging' behaviours, we can support you in regaining control.  Once strategies are in place to help you manage your relationship with food, we can begin to help you understand underlying issues that are influencing your disorder.

Trauma Treatment

Trauma can be described as distress that is so intense that it is hard to let go of.  As childhood trauma often influences adult difficulties, it is important to identify it and treat it appropriately.  EFT is a gentle technique that helps distressed individuals embrace the emotional impact of trauma safely.    

Client Feedback

  • Physical and emotional infidelity
  • Affairs, trust, and jealousy
  • Intimacy and sexual issues
  • Communication and connection
  • Managing Household-Related Stress
  • Pregnancy & Infertility

  • Postnatal Depression

  • Impact of Children, Finding Balance

  • Lack of Relationship Time

  • Separation and divorce

  • Addiction -alcohol, drugs, gambling, porn, internet
  • Eating disorders -anorexia, bulimia, binge eating & overeating
  • Self-Harm
  • Gender-Related Issues
  • Emotional Instability -bipolar, borderline, neurodiversity
  • Anger, Depression, Loneliness
  • Anxiety -panic, generalised anxiety
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Low self-confidence or self esteem
  • Personality Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Assertiveness Issues
  • Conflict Avoidance, Control
  • Work Stress, Redundancy
  • Financial Stress
  • Phobias -intense fears eg, of spiders, lifts, small spaces, flying, new foods, speaking in public, sexual performance
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD
  • Historical & Recent Trauma
  • Emotional, Physical & Sexual Abuse
  • Physical & Emotional Pain

Credentials and Qualifications

The lead therapist, Claire Sainsbury, holds a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice as well as an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy. She has also undertaken further specialist training in the following areas:

(i) Working with Couples - this training in relationship counselling involves the key dynamics that are influencing a couple as well as communications skills to better manage conflict and intimacy,
(ii) Trauma Treatment EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in which Claire is an Advanced Level 3 Certified Practitioner,

(iii) Eating Disorders - Claire is qualified as a Master Practitioner offering specific approaches to treat Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Over-eating,  

(iv) CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - useful techniques to challenge unhelpful habits and promote change,

(v) DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) - skills specifically designed to help people suffering with emotional instability.  Claire is a tutor of DBT at a London College.

Brighton & Hove Counselling & Coaching Services for Non-Specific Issues

As the impact of many life events can remain out of conscious awareness, it is not always easy to know whether something past or current is causing distress.  Often it can be a mixture of both and can also include thoughts or concerns about the future. 

may be that the issues you are experiencing cannot be conveniently categorised as anxiety related, rooted in relationship problems, or concerning an addiction. You may be experiencing some kind of emotional imbalance that you don't understand and which may be really confusing.

Your mood may be low and you might have noticed that you seem to be more anxious than usual, worrying a lot more about everything, panicking sometimes and waking up at night, even though you can’t pinpoint exactly why.  Or you might be feeling frustrated, easily triggered into anger, feeling aggressive and saying things that are explosive and hurtful to those around you.  Or you might be very tired, with little energy and feeling close to tears a lot of the time, with little understanding about what is unsettling you.  

  You might also be harbouring some of the following thoughts…

  • What’s wrong with me, I feel so tired and low all the time…?
  • Is it normal to feel this way -why don’t other people seem to get as worried about things as I do…?
  • I hate these horrible thoughts, I’m worried that something bad is going to happen, my mind won’t switch off, will I ever be able to sleep through the night again…
  • Why do I keep crying, it's so embarrassing, I feel like a child, I’m worried about what other people think or say about me…?
  • I’m so angry, I’m so pissed off, I can’t let it go, I feel tense all the time…

High levels of emotion, whether anger, worry, panic, fear, a lack of confidence, feeling unsafe, being depressed, sad or lonely, can be very difficult to bear and can eat away at personal confidence, leading you into doubting yourself and feeling that you are not good enough compared to others.  Such feelings are generally “signs” of “something” that therapy can help you to unravel, so you become more aware of what might be unsettling you, more able to be in control and generally happier. 

Brighton & Hove Counselling and Integrative Therapy Coaching Services

Integrative Therapy at The Hove Counselling Practice seeks to help you reveal what lies beneath your current difficulties so you can understand and make more sense of what you are experiencing.  Through the process of therapy you may uncover personal blocks or painful experiences that have been buried inside of you and find that you are able to let them surface, along with thoughts and feelings that can now be expressed.  With professional kindness, non-judgemental acceptance and insight, you may find support that allows you to understand more and start to heal.  You may even reveal personal strengths and capabilities that have been overshadowed by problems and these, together with the skills of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), may become personal tools to help shape your growth into a happier and more enabled person. 

Overall, treatment at The Hove Counselling Practice aims to support you in feeling better and to increase your personal capacity to manage life difficulties. With the personal coping skills that you will learn, you will be better equipped to sustain happiness within your life.  

Brighton & Hove Counselling and Coaching Therapy will aim to introduce you to new ways of managing yourself in life through:

  • Greater awareness of how your particular past may be affecting your current lifestyle 
  • Changes that may be needed to improve your life
  • An understanding of the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and how to challenge unhelpful patterns

Short or Long Term Counselling or Coaching Therapy in Brighton and Hove

Counselling and treatment could be short-term for 4-6 weeks or longer-term over several months and will involve a personal assessment and then a form of talking therapy with various creative and structured aspects.  There may be some activities for you to complete at home in-between Hove counselling sessions as well as consistent emotional support as you explore the source of your distress or unease. 

"Despite the adversities and challenges that many of us face at various stages of our lives, there is one thing that stands out for us as professional helpers of people - and that is a person's capacity to transcend difficulties and embrace change.

This single aspect of our work continues to drive our passion for helping individuals and couples to identify the blocks that are preventing their growth and limiting their level of happiness in life.

The rewards of personal growth are attractive to many, and they are, of course, an important outcome of any personal development process. However, the most challenging aspect of realising these rewards for ourselves through the change process, is finding the awareness and motivation to step away from old conditioning and patterns.

Very often, factors like fear, guilt, shame, lack of confidence, low self-worth or poor self-esteem build up from earlier life experiences and remain hidden within our subconscious minds. They may be out of sight but they nevertheless exert very powerful influences on individual choice and personal growth.

Counselling and psychotherapy is a process that helps you to identify whether previous experience may be creating a negative impact in your current life and coaching empowers you to manage destructive thoughts and feelings as you engage in becoming your own agent of change. Once you can "see" what is getting in the way of your happiness in life and also "understand" how to make effective changes, life need no longer be problematic.

The team at The Hove Counselling Practice are experienced in helping individuals and couples achieve these goals through a wide breadth of expertise

Start The Process By Reaching Out For help

Whether your issue is specific or less obvious, an initial session will generally help you to start feeling better and less alone with whatever you are experiencing.  Reaching out for online counselling or face-to-face in-person help and support can be a very important part of the change process since your action initiates some commitment within yourself, to start addressing whatever has become overwhelming.  This may well be a life-transforming turning point.

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