Howard Edmunds, Psychotherapist

Enquiries:  01273 961348 or

Location

Brighton Therapy Centre, 14 St Georges Place, Brighton BN1 4GB - Click to See Map

        ( 5 minutes from Brighton Rail Station with low cost parking available )

Background

Howard is co-director of Brighton Therapy Centre, previously employed as a Principal Adult Psychotherapist for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has been practicing one to one and group psychotherapy for the past twenty years.  He works with individuals, groups and couples with experience of a wide range of areas including depression, anxiety,  stress, low self esteem and problems with relationships. 

 

Howard trained at WPF Counselling & Psychotherapy as a Group Analyst.  He is a member of U.K.C.P. ,  and Psychotherapy Sussex

 

How does Psychotherapy work?

Howard works from a group and individual perspective; considering the social and psychological aspects of emotional distress.  We are all born into a family  which informs us as to how we relate to others.  Old habits  can block us and hold us back resulting in emotional difficulties.  Psychotherapy seeks to uncover these patterns and assumptions by exploring your thoughts, feelings and ways of relating.   If you choose individual psychotherapy then you have the option to move on to  group psychotherapy as a second stage of your personal development.  This can help to overcome both the social and personal aspects of a problem.   

Counselling

Offers a confidential and supportive space to reflect on your difficulties.  This is usually short term work lasting six weeks up to a year.   It can be arranged weekly or a series of dates can be set up in advance for those unable to make a weekly session at a fixed time. 

 

One to one Psychotherapy

Where there are recurring problems in your relationships more in-depth psychotherapy can help.  This is longer term work lasting a minimum of six months in order to allow the time needed for exploration of your current difficulties and their roots in the past.  Self defeating behaviours can be difficult to change as they originate from unconscious beliefs formed during childhood.  Psychotherapy allows you to experience more of yourself by a process of free association.  In other words you are invited to talk about whatever comes to mind without judgement or pressure.  During this process the psychotherapist listens for buried assumptions, feelings and wishes; aspects of yourself that you learnt to deny or hide during childhood.  For example you may be held back by your fear of abandonment, rejection or being 'taken over' by others.   

Group Psychotherapy

Groups are especially helpful for those who want to develop  more meaningful and satisfying relationships.   Interacting with others can help locate patterns in the way that you block or undermine yourself.  By providing a safe and confidential setting, the group offers a space in which to practice new ways of relating, thus changing old habits.   

 

Most people find the idea of a group quite daunting, and may not have even considered this option.  There is evidence that group and individual therapy are equally effective.   Some people need an extended period to talk through their difficulties individually while others gain great relief from sharing with others and realizing that they are not alone.  The sense of closeness that develops in a group can be immensely strengthening and supportive.  Other group members can also act like mirrors;  you may recognize aspects of yourself in what they share and gain a new perspective on an old problem.

 

As you feel more confident in a group, you may want to ask for feedback.  For most of our adult life, honest feedback is difficult to find.   Other group members can be very helpful in pointing ways that you undermine yourself or positive strengths that you don't recognise. 

 

Initial consultation 

You will be invited to explore the reason that has brought you into therapy.

The psychotherapist will listen and reflect with you in order to better understand what is on your mind.   You will be asked about your past and present relationships and how long you have felt this way.  Your psychotherapist will ask you questions to clarify your current feelings for a deeper understanding of what is troubling you. The consultation takes place over one or two meetings, lasting 50 minutes.  The psychotherapist will discuss with you their recommendation as to the best way forward which may be one to one therapy, group therapy or another approach.   For some, a group is attractive, as they can work with an experienced psychotherapist at lower cost.

 

How much does it cost?

Initial consultation of 75 minutes, £60.

Subsequent fees are agreed in the first session.

One to one sessions of 50 minutes: £50 - £60. I am committed to making psychotherapy accessible and will therefore try to accommodate your current financial situation as far as possible.  Some low fee places may be available - please ask.

 

For more information about individual or group sessions

Please call / text 01273 961348 or . Calls will be returned in confidence. 

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Psychotherapists

Anne Guildford - Fiveways
Susan Wright - Seven Dials
Howard Edmunds - Seven Dials & Kemptown

Other Available Therapies
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy
Counselling
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)


Code of Ethics
All Brighton Psychotherapy and Counselling practitioners are members of their professional training organisations and adhere to their respective Codes of Ethics. They are also all fully insured. They will all be eligible for inclusion on the Health Professional Council's statutory register at its introduction.

In order to make our services as accessible as possible all therapists offer a number of low-fee spaces.
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