About Fiona Macbeth
LOCATION: Palmeira Square
AVAILABILITY: Thursday mornings & Saturday mornings
PRICE: £55 per session
Anxiety and Low Self-esteem
Unhealthy Perfectionism (in performance)
Fiona completed a Masters in Therapeutic Counselling at the University of Greenwich and has worked for several years as a counsellor in the London area, specialising in working with performers and people of an artistic temperament.
She ran the counselling service at a Conservatoire for the Performing Arts in London and has now relocated to work with colleges in the Brighton area. She has also worked as a counsellor in an inner city boys school, is a qualified Cruse bereavement counsellor, and has worked with a range of private clients, with experience of anxiety and low self-esteem, identity issues, low mood and depression, lack of motivation and self-care and disordered eating. Previously she worked for many years at a managerial level in a corporate environment, so understands the stresses of employment and modern living.
She is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a registered medical practitioner with the performers’ charity BAPAM, and works for several private medical insurers.
Fiona’s preferred method of working is integrative counselling, which means using a range of approaches depending on the requirements. However, she has a strong grounding in psychodynamic and attachment theories, which involve exploring early experiences to consider their influence on behaviour in later life. She is also practised in BRIEF solution focused therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT which directly addressed unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
She also believes it is important to focus on more than just issues and explore the wider context of people’s lives by looking at self-care and personal coping techniques to better managing everyday life. These include calming techniques, assertiveness, self-care and tackling self-criticism with self-compassion.
A key part of any successful therapy is being able to develop a good working relationship in the room, which is open and honest and at times challenging. Sometimes Fiona uses diaries, writing and drawing to aid this process.
Some weeks will be better than others and if you have a good week it is important not to end the counselling immediately, but consider how robust that recovery is. Likewise some weeks can feel less productive than others and it can feel that the counselling “is not working.” Again it is important not to react too quickly as counselling is not an instant, or even quick, process.
Fiona has experience of working in the following areas: relationships, addiction, anxiety, bereavement and loss, health issues, eating disorders, depression, low self esteem, anger management, borderline personality disorders, self harm and work related stress.
Available for appointments
Thursday morning and Saturday morning at Palmeira Square.