Deborah Crookston

Deborah Crookston

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07809 699866

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Therapist - Hove

Hove BN3
07809 699866
Sessions from £70.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office


Please get in touch to discuss availability.

About me and my therapy practice

I am an adult individual and couples psychotherapist working  from comfortable consulting rooms in Brighton and Hove. I can also see clients online.

People come for therapy with a wide range of issues.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relational difficulties
  • Couple work
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Adverse childhood experience
  • Chronic illness
  • Loneliness
  • Shame
  • Lack of purpose or meaning
  • Addiction
  • Complex mental health diagnosis such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.
  • A desire for reparation, insight and  personal growth.
  • Sexuality and sexual difficulties 
  • Menopause
  • Postnatal depression
  • Infertility 
  • Boarding school syndrome
  • Addiction

Prior to training as a therapist I  worked in the NHS for many years as a nurse practitioner. This background informs my  holistic approach towards the various emotional, social, physical and psychological issues that be challenging my clients.

My approach to therapy is relational; that is to say that I endeavour to form a safe and trusted attachment with my clients so that we can together explore the internal, relational or behavioural difficulties they are currently experiencing. Present distress may have roots in past relationships or early family  and childhood experiences. My priority as a therapist is to work safely, supportively and with sensitivity, particularly around areas of trauma and adverse childhood experience.


Practice description

I see adult individuals or couples in weekly therapy. Most of my clients come for open ended therapy but I also can offer brief solution focused therapy if that is a preference.

 I am a clinic supervisor at the Rock Clinic Brighton and in private practice.

I facilitate a Personal Development Group at Brighton University.

I have an MSc in Psychotherapy from Brighton University and am accredited with the BACP & UKCP.

Additional training

CBT with Heart, 2014

Supervision training ( BAPS accredited) Rock Clinic Brighton 2017.

Certificate in Psychosexual studies, Tavistock Clinic 2018

Boarding school syndrome,  Boarding school survivors 2018

Psychopathology:Theory and Practice, Confer 2020

Introduction to Couple Psychotherapy, Tavistock  Clinic 2021

My first session

An initial consultation is an opportunity for you to meet with me and decide if you think my approach to therapy is one that might suit you.

The initial consultation and subsequent sessions are charged at £70 for  individuals and £90 for couples.


What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Family therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Groups, Older adults, Trainees, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited