Brighton and Hove Bereavement Counselling Support


Death is a not a subject people generally feel able to discuss freely and yet it is the one aspect of life that is common to us all and certain.  Whether mourning the loss of a loved one or anticipating your own death, talking about your feelings will generally enable you to feel connected to someone else so you feel less isolated and more able to bear what feels unbearable.  It can be difficult to accept the reality of yourself or someone else being terminally ill as well as the finality of someone passing and yet acceptance is ultimately the only way to move on with living.   A person may move through many different stages of feelings as they come to terms with loss such as shock, anger, denial, fear, panic, worry, depression, sadness or something else.  Bereavement counselling and therapy in Brighton offers gentle and kind emotional support to people who are in mourning for the loss of someone else or for themselves as they experience terminal illness.  

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Anger Counselling Services in Hove

When anger is out of balance, a person may be inhibited from feeling and expressing frustration, irritation or rage.  It is probable that life circumstances have contributed to the repression of a person’s anger and this powerful source of unexpressed emotion may leak out at times as uncontrollable rage or even violence.  Experienced naturally, anger could be seen as a signal of something with which a person is not in agreement, such as an expectation that seems unreasonable or a personal judgement that is viewed as unfair. 

Where a person responds to anger by expressing their thoughts or feelings in an assertive and non-aggressive manner, this can allow for a productive discussion in the workplace or at home.  Many people however, have not been coached in understanding their anger and may subsequently feel out of control with anger, overwhelmed and inclined towards aggression.  Talking with a Brighton and Hove counsellor and therapist can help in understanding your personal relationship with anger.  

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Hove Counselling for Emotional Trauma

If you are experiencing very painful memories and feelings in relation to past events or even disturbing flashbacks, then your treatment may incorporate some trauma work.  The Hove Counselling Practice offers EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as a trauma treatment, to reduce the emotional intensity of what you are experiencing.  EFT is a combination of acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming (nlp), energy medicine and thought field therapy (tft) and involves a sequence of tapping on meridian points throughout the body, to release energy blockages.  EFT works to interrupt the body’s stress response, helping to release deeply held emotion and to induce relaxation.  It is an easy technique to learn and can be used as a skill in-between therapy sessions.  

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Hove Depression Counselling 

Depression is a powerful word that can mean many different things from “I’m fed up and flat” through to “I don’t want to be here anymore.”  If you have low mood that lifts after a few days, it is likely that this feeling has been a response to something that has happened in your life, which may not be obvious.  If your low feelings persist beyond a few days, then it may help to talk to your doctor.  If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, this may be a sign of intense distress.  Talking to someone is important and you may contact a Hove counsellor or psychotherapist, a doctor or one of the following helplines, for yourself or someone else:

  • The Samaritans 24hrs, 365 days: 116 123 
  • CALM (campaign against living miserably) for men, 5pm to midnight every day: 0800 585858
  • Papyrus <35yrs, Mon to Fri 10-10pm; w/e 2-10pm; bank hols 2-5pm: 0800 0684141
  • Childline <19yrs: 0800 1111
  • Silver Line for older people: 0800 4708090

Sometimes people who take their own lives give few outward signs of inner distress and those who are left behind may be consumed with feelings of guilt and confusion at their loss.  If you are affected by someone’s suicide or know someone else who has been affected, then talking to someone about your feelings may help to work through the impact of this loss.  

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