Welcome to my website.
I am a trained, qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor based in Rye, offering counselling, psychotherapy, walking therapy and supervision to individuals and couples throughout East Sussex and Kent.
Despite clocking up 15 years experience, I never forget that I once sat in the client's chair myself.
If you are unsure where to turn, counselling, psychotherapy and walking therapy provide confidential, non-judgemental, safe and friendly spaces in which in which you can begin to make sense of things.
Whether you would like support with a particular problem or guidance in turning that problem into an opportunity for healing and growth, I would like to see if I can be of help to you.
How Counselling and Psychotherapy can help
Counselling and Psychotherapy provide opportunities to talk in complete confidence and can transform problems into opportunities for personal growth.
Counselling is usually short-term with a specific goal. It is not about giving advice but about listening and helping people to find a better way of dealing with their problems.
Where a problem persists, Psychotherapy explores issues in greater depth and involves longer-term work. It can help with the healing of old wounds and allow unrecognised qualities to emerge, which can change our lives.
As a therapist I try to be an effective listener, seeking to understand the world from your point of view and focussing on what is important for you. I offer a warm, safe and trusting space in which we can work together on making positive changes in your life.
My work has ranged from family/relationship issues, through CBT problem-solving, to working creatively with dreams. Alongside the challenges of depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem, I also have experience of helping people come to terms with bereavement and loss, addictive or compulsive behaviours, life crises and decision-making.
Before counselling in Rye and the Hastings area, I have worked as a couple counsellor, as counsellor on a gay men's sexual health project and as a psychotherapist in private practice located between the West End and the City of London. I am a Service Provider for BUPA and AVIVA. My clients have included couples and individuals, men and women, young and old, gay and straight.
In 15 years I have helped over 1,000 people!
I am a UKCP-registered psychotherapist, holding Diplomas in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Supervision from CCPE, London. My work as counsellor and psychotherapist is regularly supervised and conducted in accordance with the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Throughout the year I also attend a number of trainings from a range of psychological approaches, -Psychodynamic, Humanist, Existential and Transpersonal- and I make a personal retreat at least once a year.
I would like to think that this range of qualifications and experience has equipped me to help you, wherever you might be in your life.
Where I work
I work as counsellor and psychotherapist in Rye, conveniently located between Hastings in East Sussex and Ashford in Kent.
I am based at the The Elysian Centre, a multi-disciplinary holistic practice just off Cinque Ports Street in the centre of Rye. Completed in May 2016, the Centre is a beautifully renovated building with a quiet and secluded room dedicated to talking therapy.
Rye is well served by road and railway links to London (via Ashford International), Hastings and the rest of East Sussex and Kent.
The Centre is only five minutes walk from Rye station and the numerous car parks which serve the town.
My therapy room is a light and airy space, accessed through the reception area of the Centre, with toilet and waiting facilities available.
The room is suitable for both individual and couple counselling. I also offer Walking Therapy.
Appointments for individuals or couples are currently available on Mondays throughout the day.
Find us on Counselling Pages | Rye Counselling and Psychotherapy
You can find me at EastSussex1space
Headline Image by Bob Davis
Photograph of the Elysian Centre by Mark Winwood
All other material ©2016 Stephen Weaver