Psychological therapy in Brighton and Hove
"What we don't need in the midst of struggle, is shame for being human" - Brene Brown.
Are you looking for a psychologist in Brighton and Hove?
My name is Dr Anna Chiara Sicilia and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist practicing in Brighton and Hove. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and I adopt an integrative approach in my clinical work, drawing from a range of psychological approaches to best suit the needs of the person, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
I currently work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist for the NHS in an adult mental health team and I offer private psychological therapy in Brighton and Hove. I can offer psychological therapy for a range of difficulties including:
Low mood and depression
Anxiety and stress
Bereavement and grief
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Life changes and transitions
Feeling generally "stuck"
Work-related stress and difficulties in the workplace
Physical, emotional and sexual abuse
Trauma reactions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma
I primarily offer psychological therapy to adults on a 1:1 basis in Brighton and Hove and if preferred, I can offer sessions in Italian. I do not currently offer couple or family sessions.
Please note that I am unable to respond to risk situations in private practice. If you or someone you know needs urgent care, contact your GP or ring NHS 111. If you (or someone you know) experience an acute life-threatening medical or mental health emergency and/or you are at risk of seriously harming yourself, please ring 999 or visit your local A&E department.
For further information click here to visit the mental health crisis page on the NHS website.
I can offer several packages of psychological therapy in Brighton and Hove with a flexible approach to best suit your needs. If you would like to discuss this further please get in touch for a brief (20 minute) free telephone consultation. Some ideas of work that we can do together include:
Initial psychological assessment to explore your needs, further steps and ideas for therapy
Up to 4 sessions to develop a psychological formulation to understand your current difficulties more in depth
Short-term psychological therapy - up to 12 sessions
Longer term psychological therapy - 13+ sessions
Trauma therapy and EMDR
Trauma and abuse can have a significant impact on our day-to-day life and on our relationship with ourselves, the world and people. I have a specialist interest in trauma-informed and trauma-focused therapy, including EMDR and Trauma-focused CBT. Talking about difficult memories from our past can feel overwhelming as we may worry that people will judge and criticise us. Trauma-focused therapy can be a powerful tool to enable you to reflect on / process difficult events from your past and to start feeling more able to take positive risks to live a more fulfilling life.
Therapy for healthcare professionals
I am particularly interested in the links between stigma and lived experience of mental health in healthcare professionals. Being a psychologist or healthcare professional does not make us immune to being vulnerable. However, there is still significant stigma around healthcare professionals' lived experience of mental health difficulties and this can lead to difficulties in accessing support and disclosing when we are struggling. I hope to provide a safe and confidential therapeutic space to reflect and work through the dilemmas related to this experience.
HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
How to book an appointment
To book an initial appointment, please get in touch via email or telephone. I can offer sessions on Thursday mornings, Fridays (all day) and some Saturday mornings.
Sessions are held at the following locations:
Hove Therapy Rooms
69 Church Road
Lansdowne Place Therapy Rooms
60 Lansdowne Place
Carlton Hill Therapy Rooms
Suite 1 Kemptown House
72 Carlton Hill