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 20 years. I am a senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.

 I am also an associate of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), an organisation dedicated to the intersection between psychology and climate change. I lecture and facilitate workshops on climate psychology in a wide range of settings.

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

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   •    As a psychotherapist I am experienced in working on a short and long term basis with a wide range of issues, but have a specialist interest in working with all forms of trauma. I managed a trauma intervention service and have been advisor on several trauma specific projects.

    •    As a Head of several different mental health services, I have clinically, operationally and strategically managed busy counselling and mental health provisions for adults and adolescents.

    •    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 professional articles on wider socio political issues that affect our wellbeing (view links to published articles in my blog). My particular focus lies on the interconnection between the vast and wild human soul in its entanglement with a world that no longer allows us to reduce it to a mere backdrop. The effects of climate change impact on our mental health and in turn, our psychological 'response - ability' over the next few years will alter the state of the world, one way or another. I believe it is time  to allow the world to enter our hearts, our minds, our theories and our consulting rooms whilst also infusing psychological perspectives into the discourse about climate change.


2021 - Internal Family Systems (Internal Family Systems UK)

2018- 2021 Training in Collective Grief Work (Francis Weller, USA)

2014-2016 Certificate in Supervision (Centre for Supervision and Team Development)

2012-2013 - Post graduate certificate in leadership and management 

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