COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY & CORONAVIRUS
I am currently unable to offer face-to-face work with clients or supervisees.
I am able to offer counselling, psychotherapy and supervision on the phone or online.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries or concerns you may have about working with me in this way.
Stephen Weaver MA BD Dipl.Psych. Dipl. Spvsn.
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor based in Rye, offering counselling, psychotherapy, walking therapy and supervision to individuals and couples in East Sussex and Kent.
Counselling can help you see to yourself and your problems more realistically and to manage those problems better. Psychotherapy offers the longer-term prospect of finding meaning , healing and transformation.
As counsellor and psychotherapist, I believe that therapy is about more than problem-solving. At its best it offers a resource for healing and spiritual development.
I work in the centre of Rye in East Sussex, offering daytime and evening appointments, close to ample parking and train links.
I was born in Warrington in 1960 and was educated at the Universities of Oxford and London.
After working as a teacher, then as a priest, I trained as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. For nearly 20 years now I have been in couples counselling, working as a gay men's sexual health counsellor and building a private counselling, psychotherapy and supervision practice in London and Rye.
My own spiritual journey and personal psychotherapy have helped me to make some sense of life, but I have probably learned most from working with my clients and supervisees. My years of working as a skilled helper make me well-equipped to help you feel seen, heard and understood.
I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2001) and a Diploma in Supervision (2003), each accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), from The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, (CCPE), which is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy(UKCP). Each year I take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) across a range of psychological approaches,as well as receiving regular supervision of my work, which is 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).
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I work as counsellor and psychotherapist in Rye, close to Hastings in East Sussex and Tenterden in Kent.
Appointments are available throughout the day and evening on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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, Tenterden and the rest of East Sussex and Kent.
The Centre is only 3 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 and Tuesdays throughout the day and evening.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy via ZOOM and by telephone.
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I have long-term experience of working with gay clients and gender, sex and relationship issues.
I am also available to fellow professionals for supervision.
Individual counselling and psychotherapy as well as couple counselling are available in Rye, East Sussex.
I have wide experience as a counsellor around anxiety and depression, as well as bereavement and loss, sexuality and spirituality, stress, life crises and sex, gender and relationship issues.
I offer supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists working in the Rye, Hastings and Tenterden area and throughout Kent and East Sussex.
What Is the Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Like many professionals in my field, I am qualified to provide both counselling and psychotherapy in Rye and online. If you are seeking help for a certain problem - relationships, bereavements, addiction, etc. - for the first time, you will naturally ask: What is the difference between the two? Are they the same thing? Which one is right for me? This blog post gives a clear definition of each discipline, helping you choose the right one for your needs.
Put simply, counselling focuses on the here and now. You might have a specific crisis that you are going through, like an affair or another unexpected major life event, and need a place where you can talk freely about the issue at hand, with me offering solution-oriented advice. A counsellor will listen to your problem and provide actionable solutions. If you are constantly falling into the same argument as a couple, for instance, my counselling response would be to give you a practical, communication-based solution that prevents you from going down the same rabbit hole again.
Counselling is generally a short-term service, dealing with issues that can be solved on the conscious level. It is situation-specific, allowing you to bring a particular problem to a trusted professional and talk it through in a way that is comfortable for you. You might also just use counselling as a space to vent difficult emotions in a non-judgemental space. The process of simply talking things through can have a valuable unburdening effect.
While counselling is a short-term, solution-oriented service that focuses on a singular real-life problem, psychotherapy is about exploring your life in a deeper way. It is a longer-term treatment better suited to people living with more complex mental health issues that have a broader impact on their whole life.
The aim of psychotherapy is to improve knowledge around why certain emotions/behaviours show up in the first place. To do this, we will explore your past experiences - relationships with family members, school life, important life events like bereavements, etc. - in order to understand how these experiences influence the way you think, feel and behave in the present moment. Understanding why a certain emotion keeps showing up in your life naturally reduces the negative effect it has on your life. It no longer feels as overwhelming or intimidating, because you know where it comes from.
In other words, counselling is like bandaging a wound, whereas psychotherapy is about understanding why the wound emerged in the first place. So, if you are suffering with ongoing mental health issues that feel overwhelming and unmanageable, psychotherapy is better for you, as it goes to the heart of why these feelings keep showing up. Counselling, on the other hand, is better suited to people who need a place to process and move past a challenging situation.
Do you need counselling or psychotherapy in Rye or online? Feel free to get in touch with me to outline your situation and schedule your first session.