Peter Golder

Contact Details

Address:
Brighton, BN16UD
Email:
Phone:
07565 636852
Mobile:
Website (1):
Website (2):

Fees & Charges

For online counselling by video conferencing, email or instant messaging and telephone counselling.

Firstly, it's important to have a short conversation about what you would like counselling for. This can be done through a 15 minute phone call or by instant messaging. Or we can exchange emails. There is no charge for this.

The initial session is £20 for 50 minutes. This gives us the first opportunity to get to know one another. You will have the chance to ask me questions about the way I work and get a sense of whether I am the right person for you to have counselling with. There is no obligation to continue.

Sessons are usually weekly at the same time and cost £50 for a 50 minute face to face session and £50 for a 50 minute online session. The amount of sessions can be for a short period like 6, 12 or 18 weeks or ongoing for longer term counselling. Face to face counselling takes place at The Practice Rooms in Hove.

I ask that fees are paid

Access:

Online/Internet Counselling, Skype Video Counselling, Telephone Counselling.

My clients

Gender & Sexual Minorities Experienced:
Asexual
Bisexual
Celibate
Cross Dresser/Transvestite
Gay
Heterosexual
Kink/BDSM (all gender/sexualities)
Lesbian
Other Gender Variant
Questioning
Trans F2M
Trans M2F
Transgender
Unsure
Age ranges:
Adults
Seniors (60+)
Young Adults (16-24)
Relationship Styles:
Closed/Monogamous
Friend and Family members
Open

About me

Hello, I'm Peter.

Thank you for taking a look at my profile.

 

First of all, if you want to hear me talking and get a sense of me, then check out my short introductory video on my website.

 

I imagine that you are looking for a counsellor because you want some support to deal with issues that are affecting your mental health. I think working with a counsellor shows a real commitment for self-care. Through undertaking counselling, you can give yourself nourishment to help you grow stronger, able to mentally cope with what life throws you and be prepared for what may come.

 

How I work
It's important to me that you feel safe, so I am focused on working responsibly and ethically. We will look together at what you bring to counselling, exploring or clarifying issues or situations in your life that can lead to positive change and personal growth.

 

Often the issues that we have going on today are rooted in the past, so together we will explore the different factors that make up how you think, feel and behave. Doing this increases your self-awareness and understanding, which is important to move forward with more autonomy, openness and feeling more in control of your life.

 

I will use my experience and skills to listen attentively to what you say. We will look at the thoughts and beliefs you made in the past, giving you the opportunity to perhaps make new decisions in order to feel better about yourself and your life today. I will use imagery at times to help bring colour, life and depth to the thoughts and feelings that may be hiding deep in your mind.


What type of counselling do I Use?
My training is in Transactional Analysis or TA. TA is useful for giving you easy to understand tools that you can apply to your life. These tools are useful for helping you to understand yourself, others in your world and how you see the world.

 

We will look at your ‘Script’, a TA concept. By doing this you will understand more and more how the script you created when you were younger is having a significant impact on your life today. Developing an increased understanding of the specifics of your own script, makes it possible to begin making new decisions about how think, feel and behave that will lead to positive change.

 

We will work together on whatever you want to bring to counselling. You know yourself better than anyone, so it is important that you have a say on what you feel would be best to change in your life. I will be there to support you on this journey.

 

The LGBTQ community.
As a Gay man, I passionately support the LGBTQ community and I have worked with many people on their gender, relationship and sexual diversities. I understand the benefit and sometimes the need to talk to someone that is from the same community. This is because there is a shared understanding and belief in what is being talked about, which helps create and build the necessary feeling of trust and safety in the counselling relationship.

 

I volunteered as a counsellor at MindOut for 3 years, a charity supporting the mental health of the LGBTQ community in Brighton.

 

In my role as a mental health ally at Brighton Magistrates Court, I have used my knowledge and experience to talk to people across the country at the Ministry of Justice about identity, men’s mental health and the LGBTQ community.

 

Online Counselling
I offer counselling using Zoom video-conferencing, instant messaging or email. All of these methods are very effective and studies have shown that online counselling can be just as effective as in-person counselling. I undertook 80 hours of training this year - 2020, on a General Certificate in Online Counselling, in order to offer online counselling responsibly and safely.

 

I am a member of the NCS (National Counselling Society) and UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis). I am a member of UKATA's Diversity and Social Responsibility committee.  I have an enhanced DBS record check.

 

Sexual & Gender Identity:
Gay - Male

Experience and approach

Specific experience and training:

 I volunteer as a counsellor with Mindout, a charity in Brighton, resulting in me working with many clients from the LGBTQ+ community. This, coupled with my own LGBTQ identity, gives me a passion and understanding for Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD).

 
I am a Mental Health Ally at the Ministry of Justice, supporting the mental health needs of the people that I work with in courts in Sussex and Surrey. I provide a listening ear to people and signpost where necessary to organisations that can offer support.

 

I worked for the Brighton and Hove branch of Samaritans for 5 years. I was a listening volunteer supporting people who were suicidal or in emotional distress on the phone, by email and by text. I was also a leader who took great care to ensure the wellbeing of other volunteers was promoted. I worked as a Deputy Director for Recruitment and Selection of new volunteers, looking after a team of people who ensured the best possible applicants were recruited to support people who desperately needed Samaritans support. 

Therapies Practiced:
Counselling, Psychotherapy.
Specialisms and interests:
My specialism is situated around identity, gender and the LGBTQ community. Working as a counsellor at the charity MindOut in Brighton, I have worked with many clients who have wanted to talk about issues related to sexuality, being transgender, gender dysphoria, kink and identity. Though my work has also encompassed many other issues that people face each day such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, relationships and family issues.
Theoretical approach:
Humanistic, Integrative, Transactional Analysis.
Ethical Framework:
National Counselling Society.

Qualifications

Diploma In Counselling
The Link Centre (The National Counselling Society) (Jan 2020)
BSc (Hons) Psychology
The Open University (Dec 2011)
Accreditations:
National Counselling Society

Issues and problems I can help with:

Ageing Issues , Anger Management, Anxiety/ Panic Attack, Bereavement/Grief, Coming Out Issues, Cross Dressing/ Transvestism, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Dating And Relationship Skills, Depression, Eating Difficulties/ Anorexia/ Bulimia, Emotional Growth & Development, Gender Identity Concerns, Harrassment, HIV/ AIDS, Homophobic Bullying, Intimacy Issues, Kink/BDSM Identity Concerns, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem/Confidence, Shame/Guilt, Stress Management, Suicidal Behaviour/Ideation, Transgender, Weight Loss/Management/Obesity.



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