Marilia C Whittome Multilingual Counselling in Bexhill on Sea and Eastbourne

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Multilingual registered counselling psychotherapist and therapeutic coach, PGDipPsyCouns, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Reg. MBACP, BPsS, MIL

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I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and therapeutic coach working in Bexhill on Sea, Eastbourne and Brighton, East Sussex. I have been in practice for nearly two decades since qualifying as a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counsellor from the University of Sussex. I gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in the late 1990s. Before training in psychology and counselling I worked as a translator/interpreter and in research administration in Higher Education in London, Kent and East Sussex. My work is based on the psychodynamic approach to counselling and psychotherapy which helps clients to understand problems by increasing their awareness of how past relationships may influence their present issues. I also combine counselling and psychotherapy with life coaching skills for short-term, solution focused work.

I provide a multilingual counselling and psychotherapy service in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. According to research bilingual and multilingual individuals express their emotions more easily in their first language or mothertongue (Aneta Pavlenko, 2005). As a multilingual psychotherapist I offer that space where English, French, Spanish or Portuguese clients are able to overcome the linguistic barriers that would prevent them from exploring their difficulties if they were to speak in their second language.

I offer face to face, Skype or telephone counselling and psychotherapy sessions or a combination of these for individuals and couples. I offer a safe space for clients to explore their issues in a confidential and non-judgemental setting.

I work as a counsellor or therapeutic coach, short-term (up to 5 or 6 sessions) as a psychotherapist (6 to 12 sessions), as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, long-term (13 + sessions) or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling clients to enhance their life and to live it more fully.

As a House Therapy practitioner, I can also help individuals organise their home and work spaces by identifying reasons which lead them to accumulate unnecessary possessions (clutter, hoarding). As Sherrie Bourg Carter a Doctor in Psychology says: "Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives."

Professional Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (University of Sussex)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods (Psychology)
  • Diploma in Translation (Trilingual)
  • Certificate Therapeutic Coaching

    Membership of Professional Organisations
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) BACP
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society BPS
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

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