Our approach is simple. Everyone has different needs or concerns that therapy can help with, but you need the right counsellor to meet those needs. In addition, therapy should be a period of calm in your week - a time to reflect and think about what's going on. This can't happen if you're stressing about where to squeeze an hour into your busy schedule.

That's why Palmeira Practice works as a team. This gives you the freedom to work with the counsellor who most suits you. In addition, we will find a mutually agreed time that is beneficial for your schedule.

A range of expertise

The Palmeira Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice is an independent therapy practice staffed by a small team of qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists. All the therapists at the Palmeira Practice are qualified in counselling and/or psychotherapy and are professional members of either the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), or other professional accrediting bodies. All therapists at The Palmeira Practice are committed to on-going training and professional development.

Collectively our therapists have many decades of experience in helping people from all walks of life who are experiencing emotional distress or trauma. Most of our therapists also have particular experience of working with young people aged 16 to 28 years of age.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can offer you a safe and confidential place where you can begin to address unresolved or painful issues and feelings that are weighing you down. The process of therapy can be challenging and hard work, but the benefits can be measurable: a tangible improvement in physical and mental well-being, increased confidence and sense of emotional resiliance, and a greater ability to recognise and manage feelings and difficult situations.

Common issues in therapy

People seek out counselling and psychotherapy for many reasons, including:

Abuse (childhood or adult)
Addiction (of any type)
Angry feelings
Anxiety, stress, compulsive worrying
Bullying (school, home, workplace)
Developmental disorders (autism, aspergers)
Disability or Ill-health
Disordered eating
Existential issues
Identity issues
Low self-confidence/ self-­esteem
Loss (bereavement, divorce, redundancy, separation issues, etc)
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Panic attacks and phobias
Relationship issues (past or present)
Suicidal thoughts and feelings
Transitions (through adolescence, mid-life, redundancy, etc)
Trauma (childhood or adult)
Work related stress

Our therapists are trained and experienced in aiding you with any of these matters, and more.

Flexible times

We have therapists available to meet with you 7 days a week at various times during the morning, afternoon or evening. We aim to find a time that is right for you.

A comfortable, safe space

The Palmeira Practice has been designed as a non-intrusive, calm space. Any potential distractions have been minimised, providing you with an opportunity to focus on working with your therapist through the issues that you're facing.

The following images may help you to visualise the space in which your therapy will take place, and we're sure you'll agree that it's a space that's serene, and will allow you to maintain focus on what's important.

The Palmeira Practice is managed by Brighton counsellor Shelley Holland

Tara Lavelle – Palmeira Practice Coordinator

Tara Lavelle – Palmeira Practice Coordinator

Our referrals coordinator

Tara is our referrals coordinator. If you contact the Palmeira Practice, your email will go through to her first and she’ll organise your first session with a suitable therapist.

After your booking message comes through, Tara will liaise with the counsellors at the Palmeira Practice to find the optimal match for your requirements, both on a practical level (looking at the days and times you’re available), as well as on a therapeutic level to find the counsellors most experienced with your requirements.

Tara is experienced with a range of holistic therapies, and in addition to her work as the Palmeira Practice appointments coordinator, she offers homeopathy, aromatherapy, and reflexology services.