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Oliver Bettany

Hove United Kingdom

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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.


Practice Details

  • Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, Low self-esteem, Humanistic therapies, Person-centred therapy
  • Practice Hours
  • Brighton - Thursdays, 12 noon - 7pm
    Eastbourne - Fridays, 8am - 7pm
  • Accepted Forms of Payments
  • Cash, cheque, bank transfer
  • Qualifications
  • PG Dip Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling
  • Professional membership/s

More About Oliver Bettany

We all have thoughts and feelings that we fear to share with our loved ones. Sometimes it just gets to be too much and we’re compelled to reach out to someone who is not a part of our everyday life but who understands and cares about us nonetheless. Until we’re ready to create a society which has this kind of care and understanding built right into its fabric, counselling provides an important and life-enhancing experience of support during the more challenging chapters of our journey through life.

The founding principal of the counselling I practice is a belief that every one of us has the basic and inborn capacity to grow fully into ourselves, to become the person we were meant to be in this life, and that this is a life-long process. What this translates to in relation to the counselling I offer is that I know that deep down you are an expert in you. The only expert you will ever need. You hold the key which will unlock the door to reveal the best way forward for you.

So what am I good for?! Well, it takes a lot of practice to connect with this inner expert, in our journey through life we learn to throw up an awful lot of barriers to this kind of inner connection. I am an expert in creating the conditions necessary for you to navigate these barriers and tap into the deep expertise I know you possess: together we will create a safe place from which you can begin to make contact with what is underlying the challenges you're experiencing right now. I can help you find the key.

Central to the way I work is my appreciation of the fundamental uniqueness of everyone I meet and so I recognise the importance of creating a new therapy for each new client, one which is informed by my training in a number of different Humanistic approaches to counselling, including:

  • Existential counselling
  • Focusing-oriented therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Person-centred counselling
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)

Taking my understanding of Humanistic psychology as a starting point I also integrate into my work an ecological perspective on the causes of human distress. If you have a sense that the difficulties you’re experiencing are somehow connected to how our society is set up then this way of seeing things may provide a helpful way for you to reframe things.

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