My Belief

Liz Rastelli
BA Hons, PGCE, Dip. Couns.
Psychotherapy and Counselling

My name is Liz Rastelli and I am a professionally qualified counsellor working in Uckfield and Brighton, East Sussex.

My work as a counsellor is driven by my belief that we all have the ability and potential to have choices, make changes and decide our own destiny.

Past and present events and experiences in life influence how you respond to yourself, others and situations and can create parts of you that you perhaps don’t like or understand.   Central to this process of understanding all the different parts of yourself is the working through of early childhood relationships which are very often mirrored or repeated within our adult relationships in adult life. Linking up the past and present within the therapeutic relationship brings about understanding and greater self-acceptance. I believe that lasting healing is about wishing to un-become everything that isn’t really you so that you can be who you were meant to be in the first place; so that you can wish to be you.

The relationship between the client and counsellor is at the heart of effective therapy. A good relationship provides the solid and supportive foundation upon which change and personal growth can be achieved. I will work with you to create a trusting and safe environment without you feeling judged or shamed; a space for you where you can talk, think and feel freely while being really listened to and valued.

We will work together as you gain understanding; really learning about yourself and your internal conflicts and the patterns of emotional responses that you have. It is with this understanding that you can truly value yourself and be empowered to face your challenges and make the changes you need in order to live a spontaneous and fulfilling life.

Everyone is different and therapy is driven by individual experience. My theoretical approach is transactional analysis (TA) which means I use a broad range of tools that have associations in other psychological disciplines including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, relational and person centred therapies. I will be able to work with you in a flexible way to meet your individual needs at a pace and depth that you feel safe and comfortable with – a space just for you.

I am an accredited registered counsellor with the NCS (National Counselling Society), and professional member of UKATA (UK association for Transactional analysis) and abide by their code of ethics. I am professionally supervised by a UKCP registered supervisor as part of my commitment to ethical practice. I continue to attend specialist workshops and master classes to ensure that I maintain delivery of the best clinical practice. I am fully insured and DBS checked and am Data Protection registered.