About Graeme Butler
LOCATION: Palmeira Square
AVAILABILITY: Monday evenings
PRICE: £40 individuals, £50 couples
Working with families
Graeme has a postgraduate diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling from The University of Brighton and is a member of the BACP and COSRT. He is also a qualified relationship (couples) and family therapist and works for Relate in Crawley.
For the last five years, Graeme has worked for Mankind, a Hove-based charity supporting male survivors of sexual abuse. Previously, Graeme has worked as a drugs and alcohol counsellor for CRI in Hove, with disabled people at the Brighton and Hove Federation of Disabled People and at Cruse Bereavement service.
At the heart of Graeme’s approach, is a non-judgemental, warm and empathic therapeutic relationship. Working collaboratively, he aims to help people understand and express their emotions, gain different perspectives on a situation and develop the appropriate solutions for their lives.
Couples and families
Graeme’s approach with couples and families is based on systemic therapy. Working collaboratively, he helps people to identify the underlying causes of repetitive arguments, explore their interactions with each other, improve communication and develop different outcomes.
When working with clients who have experienced sexual abuse, Graeme uses a trauma informed approach. His first priority is establishing a sense of safety and attending to the symptoms of trauma. Whilst some people wish to tell their story (sometimes for the first time), others may prefer to concentrate on how their past experience is affecting their life now.
Drugs and alcohol
Graeme’s work with people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol, generally involves understanding the current pattern of use, identifying and exploring the emotions which lay behind it, looking at the impact of making changes and then working to make changes. For some people, this may mean giving up altogether, while for others it could be reducing their use to a level they feel more comfortable with.
When working with people having difficulties with anger, Graeme helps people break their anger down into different stages, helping them to understand it better. With this increased understanding, he then works with them on altering the process which may involve slowing things down, learning to express things differently, moving from an angry to a more assertive approach.
Graeme’s articles in expertise and resources
Available for appointments
Monday evenings at Palmeira Square.