Alan Sparkes

Alan Sparkes

Registered Member MBACP

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Phone number
+44 7875189513

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Therapist - Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove BN3
+44 7875189513
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

My initial training was 4yrs of Transactional Analysis (TA) psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute in West London. As well as these 4 years of Transactional Analysis training, I have a BSc Hons Degree in Psychology and am a Masters Practitioner of NLP. I have a Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy, an integrative, outcome solution focussed approach strongly influenced by the work of Milton Erickson.

Contemporary Psychotherapy an integrative and outcome oriented approach intended to organically facilitate recovery, growth and healing. As a therapist it is my aim to be accurately adaptable to the unique experience and functioning patterns of the client, tailoring my approach to the uniqueness of each person. Contemporary Psychotherapy focuses not just on personal history, but especially on the immediate needs of the client and their short and long term well-being, concerning the client’s management of their condition or situation, recovery and personal development, for now and in the manageable future.

My aim with Contemporary Psychotherapy - is helping you to change and heal in harmony with your own unique sense of self. It is an integrative approach that utilises your natural resources and is tailored to fit you rather than imposing a specific framework.

Practice description

I currently have a counsellng & psychotherpay private practice in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and offer face to face and online psychotherapy and counselling. I also currently work for The Terrence Higgins Trust as a counsellor.

Although therapy is not affordable for everyone, I aim to make my practice as accessible as possible to anyone seeking help. The therapy service I offer does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sex and sexual orientation. My aim is to work with a wide range of clients and actively acknowledge my privilege and its impact in the therapeutic relationship.

My first session

The first session has two important purposes. Firstly is for you to share your story of what's led you to seek help at this time. This can be a difficult thing to do initially and having some anxiety around the first meeting is normal and healthy - it's always an act of bravery and risk to say 'I want help'.

The second important purpose of our first psychotherapy session is that it gives us a chance to meet and find out if we want to work together. The first session is helpful to me in terms of making a proper assessment of how I can help you.

Equally important is that it is an opportunity for you to interview me for the job of being your therapist. It is not easy to hold on to this idea if you are experiencing great distress yet I believe it is an important part of the initial process. Why? So that you are aware you have choices and power too. This is why I like to gently remind potential clients that the first session is always a two way process of assessment and sharing.

Once we decide that we want to to work together, we will usually schedule a few sessions and co-create a simple agreement about what you want to work on, for how long, and when we will meet. Sometimes 1-6 sessions is all that is needed, sometimes longer term work may be advisable. In the unlikely event I can't offer you help, I will refer you to a colleague or service that is suitable.

What I can help with

Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Life coaching, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Cognitive, Eclectic, Humanistic, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited