In 1995 we established the first independent counselling and psychiatric nursing (CPN) service in the United Kingdom, supporting patients from fourteen GP surgeries in East Sussex. We pioneered unique approaches to psychological health and well-being; for example, we employed a midwife with counselling skills to work with mothers and babies, also a social worker with counselling skills to work with people having social, housing and mental health needs. The service embraced both mental health and learning disability specialities, it also spanned teenage and the over sixty-five population. Meeting the needs of the local community meant flexible working and innovation. Operating a twenty-four hour service with home visits for all who wanted it ensured we met our client’s needs. Today, we still aim to provide that same level of service and accountability.
Recognition of successful Primary Care Mental Health development in 2000 led to the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, higher level of practice (pilot) award.
Since 1992 we have supplied employee counselling to many national as well as local organisations including Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Eastbourne Borough Council. We also provide staff counselling to major companies such as civil airlines and service industries. We also provide specialist learning disability and mental health nursing services.
We specialise in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and have worked alongside leading world authorities attending critical incidents and majordisaster situations.
Lead therapist Steve Clifford has worked in the field of psychological health for over thirty years. He believes that certain qualities are essential to successful therapy – trust, discretion, motivation, confidentiality and respect.
He believes passionately that the relationship between therapist and client should be at the heart of the therapy process; Working with clients in a heart-centred way, to provide a safe haven in which they will be received with professionalism, warmth, kindness and dignity.
Steve is a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He is a trained body therapist and has an interest in somatic illness.
He has had numerous articles published through the years. He is a contributing author of “Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Mental Health Practitioners.” He recently published a self help publication “50 Tips to Beat Depression,” As well as teaching and training of health professionals, he can provide bespoke training and consultancy to groups and organisations.
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist