Dr Eva Coleman (Clinical Director)
I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Mentalisation Based Therapist with thirty years of experience in the therapy field. I have worked in private practice, and set up and directed a counselling and therapy service for women in Brighton and Hove ( Threshold Women’s Counselling). I have worked in a medium secure hospital with personality disorder and mental illness, taught aspects of counselling and therapy, supervised those in practice, been a consultant and adviser to a number of local and national organisations and written many articles about psychotherapy. I have extensive experience in assessment for psychological therapy. I trained at the Guild of Psychotherapy, been a member of a gestalt in-service training group for over fifteen years, and I am a member of UKCP.
I have a deep committment to best practice and believe that by bringing together skilled and experienced practitioners from a wide range of disciplines we will be able to provide a high quality service which will enable each individual to find the treatment which is right for them. I also believe that those who cannot afford to pay should be able to access good quality treatment.
I have come to believe that whatever your theoretical orientation the most important part of one to one therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. Self exploration, self acceptance , self development and the resolution of problems are more likely to occur within the context of a safe and secure therapeutic relationship. I aim to provide that kind of context so that together, the client and I are able to unravel the issues.
Howard Edmunds (Operational Director)
I am a UKCP registered Group Analyst offering both once and twice weekly Group Psychotherapy and individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Prior to my current role, I worked for six years as an NHS Principal Adult Psychotherapist offering specialist Psychotherapy, assessments, staff training and clinical supervision. I was convenor and trainer for the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Advanced Supervision Training, having transferred my training role to Brighton Therapy Centre, . Whilst working in the NHS, I developed an evidence based course Coping with Depression and Mood Swings and I have a special interest in affective disorders, including depression, bi-polar and mood swings.
I trained at WPF Counselling & Psychotherapy as a Group Analyst.. I have completed further training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mentalization Based Group Therapy. I am a Qualified Clinical Supervisor having completed a one year training titled ‘Using the Group as a Medium for Supervision’ at The Institute of Group Analysis (IGA).
As Operations Director at Brighton Therapy Centre I am committed to make high quality psychological therapies more widely available to local people in Brighton and Hove. I believe that our mental health is deeply affected by the quality of our relationships and the work, family or social groups that we belong to. Therapists and clients alike, need to belong to a strong community in order to flourish. As operations director, I am privileged to work with a thriving community of practitioners who work together to offer high quality services to our clients. I oversee the Brighton Therapy Centre Continuing Professional Development programme for therapists, which includes the reading group, professional development group, supervision groups and specialist training events. These offer to our therapists and local practitioners high quality learning opportunities to support their practice.