Alexander Duffield Counselling Hove, East Sussex

Professional Membership

  • Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2012
  • Registered on the online BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Action Learning Facilitator, Accredited by the Institute for Leadership & Management, 2016

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From Birkbeck College, University of London:

  • MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling, 2010
  • Post-graduate diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, 2006
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling, 2003
Additional qualifications
  • Diploma in ‘Using the Group as the Medium for Supervision’ from the Institute of Group Analysis (2020)
  • Action Learning Facilitation, a 3 day course, Accredited by the Institute for Leadership & Management, 2016
Further training
  • Working with Families with Physical Illness, a five day course at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, (2013)
  • Two day therapy training for counsellors & psychotherapists also at SurvivorsUK, (2011)
  • Introductory two day training on understanding male sexual violation at SurvivorsUK (2010)


As well working in private practice I am an associate counsellor for an employment assistance programme supporting employees (June 2013 - ongoing). I worked as a seminar leader on a BACP accredited diploma course in psychodynamic counselling (September 2015 - March 2020), a supervisor for trainee and qualified counsellors (September 2018 - March 2020). I was an Associate Lecturer in psychodynamic counselling leading a case discussion group on a BACP accredited university counselling course (2018/19). I have a wide range of experience as a counsellor including working at a hospice, university, a charity supporting men who have experienced sexual abuse and a number of community counselling services. I was the chair of the Birkbeck Counselling Association between November 2009 and November 2011. I also worked for 2 years as a Peer Support Coordinator for a local Mind association developing a peer support programme.

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My approach

I work in a collaborative and empowering way. I help individuals to increase their emotional strength by supporting them to talk freely about the issues they are struggling with. I then help them to 'step back' and look again at their responses. This promotes insight and enables individuals to develop new and creative ways of responding to the challenges they face.

What is 'psychodynamic' counselling?
A psychodynamic understanding of how we relate is based on the idea that we all have with in us a complex and constantly changing 'internal world' shaped by our experiences of past as well as current events and people in our life. We might not be able to remember early or more traumatic experiences well or at all. These might be stored in us in other ways e.g. an emotion such as fear, troubling image or recurring dream. Alternatively we might shut ourselves off from these memories and find ourselves being drawn into destructive relationships or situations in ways which do not seem to make sense. Understanding how these deep 'unconscious' currents pull us in a particular direction can help us to take them into account in plotting a new and more rewarding life course.


How long does it take?
As a general rule the more recent the difficulty the shorter the time period that is likely to be required. Therefore, someone who has otherwise been coping well but who has been thrown by a difficult loss such as a bereavement, redundancy or health problems might only require counselling for a relatively short time. On the other hand if this is complicated because it is connected with earlier losses or is part of a recurring problematic way of relating, longer-term open ended therapy may be advisable.

Next steps
Starting counselling can be a daunting prospect. Therefore, I offer two trial sessions during which you can see if you feel confident in talking to me and so that I can make sure that my approach to therapy is suited to you. If you decide to continue we would meet each week at a regular time for an agreed period of time or on an ongoing basis. You can also call me to discuss the possibility of counselling.

Counsellor in Hove, near Brighton, East Sussex
Alexander Duffield Counselling

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