Psychotherapy and Counselling In Brighton and Hove Steffi Bednarek   MA   BA   MBACP

About Me

I was born in Germany, grew up in Luxembourg and have lived in the UK for over 17 years. I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics. To find out more about the BACP click here.

I am passionate about my work and fundamentally believe in our human capacity to adapt to changing circumstances.

psychotherapist in Brighton


   •    As a counsellor and psychotherapist I am experienced in working on a short and long term basis with a wide range of issues. I have worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS, for several Universities and on a self-employed basis.

    •    As Head of Service, I have clinically, operationally and strategically managed a busy University counselling and mental health service and currently manage a psychotherapy service for adults, children and adolescents in Brighton.

    •    In my work as a trainer and visiting lecturer,  I have worked for Universities, national and local Governments, the Council of Europe as well as for industry, NGOs and international help organisations.

    •    As a writer I have published a range of articles on mental health issues, leadership issues (BACP workplace journal), and on wider socio political issues that affect our wellbeing


2012-2013 - Post graduate certificate in leadership and management (University of Gloucestershire)

2012-2013 - Somatic Trauma Therapy Training (Babette Rothchild - Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre)

2010 - Object Relational Gestalt Therapy training (Gilles Delisle)

2007 - Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)

2002-2006 - Post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute)

1999 - Therapeutic Interventions with survivors of domestic violence (Ginette Larouche - Minsitry of Families Luxembourg)

1998-1999   - Post Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (European Institute of Grief Studies)

1998-1999 - M.A. in Psychology and Social Policy (University of Trier)

1994- 1997 - B.A. Psychology and Social Policy (University of Trier and University of Stirling)

In addition to that I have attended numerous short courses and training events on an ongoing basis since 1999

Some of my other interests:

I believe that a rich and diverse engagement with my personal interests contributes to my full availability as a therapist. I have an active interest in environmental awareness and its relevance to the way we lead our lives. I believe that it is important to make shifts in small settings, in my inner landscape as well as in my immediate surroundings. 

On a personal level I love to write, have a big interest in art and dance and any kind of movement. I like going on hikes and long walks as well as kayaking and swimming. Contact with nature refreshes me and is a source of feeling replenished. Meditation helps me to find that point of stillness in which I am most available to take in the beauty of human contact and sense my relationship with the natural world to the fullest. 


I am also able to offer counselling in German and Luxemburgish. I understand French without a problem but have lost my fluency in speaking a little since living in the UK.

Tel: 07863 823783
Email: Click here.

“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed that's all who ever have.” 
Margaret Mead
Psychotherapy Brighton and Hove