Malcolm Scott BSc (Hons) psychology, PG Dip, MSc, MBACP, MUPCA (Accred).

UKCP Registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Accredited Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor in Brighton & Hove.

Sometimes painful memories, strong feelings and intrusive thoughts become too overwhelming to manage. When this happens, it is not unusual to feel anxious, panic-stricken, low in mood or just aware that something isn't right. You may be asking yourself "what's happening to me," and when there appears to be no answer, this can feel unpleasant, destabilising and even frightening. On the other hand, you may feel that a specific event, such as bereavement, the end of a relationship or a traumatic experience have made life seem more like a struggle and less of a pleasure. Taking the decision to talk to someone about these and other issues is not a sign of weakness, but rather, it takes courage. What I offer is a safe, confidential space, where you will not only be heard, but also, where you can talk openly about how you are feeling, without fear of being criticised or judged.

About me and my therapy practice

I began my career as a professional musician, working for eighteen years in the music industry. In 2001, I decided to pursue my interest in mental health and well-being, graduating with an honours degree in psychology and post-graduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling, before completing a masters degree in psychotherapy . During this period, I worked as a teacher for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, as a support assistant for adults with enduring mental health problems and as an assistant clinical psychologist in the NHS. I have over ten years' experience working in mental health, in both the private and public sector. My therapeutic approach is best described as cross-modality, because it draws on the theoretical, philosophical and clinical convictions of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural (CBT) and family therapy. I work with adults (individuals and couples), young people and families. I also do group work and offer mental health training for professionals.

What can you expect in the first session?

The first session gives us an opportunity to meet, for you to talk about your concerns, and for me to gain an understanding of your situation. It also allows us to decide if we would like to continue working together. You are under no obligation to return after the first session. One of the most important aspects about counselling and psychotherapy lies in the quality and strength of the therapeutic relationship, which is why you should feel completely comfortable with your therapist.