Which Therapy - Counselling or Psychotherapy?

‘Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long-term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’ (BACP, 2015)

Counselling offers the opportunity to explore specific aspects of current difficulties. Counselling tends to be short-term (up to 6 sessions).

Psychotherapy addresses more deep-seated concerns. Many people who seek psychotherapy are interested in finding out about themselves in order to improve present relationships and live a more rewarding life (6 to 12 sessions).

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy derives from psychoanalysis. Clients are able to explore the effect of the past onto the present (long-term, open-ended).

Integrative Counselling brings together different elements of specific therapies.

Therapeutic Coaching combines counselling and life coaching for short-term, solution focused work (up to 6 sessions).

Multilingual Counselling for English, French, Spanish and Portuguese clients.


What Conditions Can it Help?

Addiction(s), ADHD, Affairs and betrayals, Alcoholism, Anger management, Anorexia nervosa, Antisocial personality disorder, Anxiety, Attachment disorder, Attachment disorder in children, Avoidant personality disorder, Behaviour problems, Bereavement, Binge-eating disorder, Bipolar disorder/Manic depression, Body dysmorphic disorder, Borderline personality disorder, Bulimia nervosa, Bullying, Cancer, Career, Carer support, Child related issues, Childhood bereavement, Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, Dependent personality disorder, Depression, Disabilities, Discrimination, Dissociation, Domestic violence, Drug abuse, Eating disorders, Feeling sad, Gambling, Gender dysphoria, Generalised anxiety disorder, Hearing voices, Histrionic personality disorder, HIV/AIDS, Hoarding, Internet addiction, Learning difficulties, Loneliness, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Miscarriage, Narcissistic personality disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, Panic disorder, Paranoid personality disorder, Passive aggressive behaviour, Personality disorders, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Postnatal depression, Psychosis, Redundancy, Relationship issues, Schizophrenia, Schizotypal personality disorder, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Self-harm, Separation and divorce, Separation anxiety, Sexuality, Smoking, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, Trauma, Work-related stress, Young carers.

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Coaching and House Therapy.

Marilia C Whittome

Marilia C Whittome

PGDipPsyCouns, BSc (Hons) Psychology, MBACP, BPsS, MIL


Specialities: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Coaching and House Therapy.


I offer Counselling, Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Coaching in Bexhill on Sea, Eastbourne, Brighton (face-to face) and beyond (by Skype). I qualified as a psychotherapist from the University of Sussex nearly 20 years ago, having gained a BSc (Honours) degree in Psychology in the late 1990s. My previous career was as a translator/interpreter and in research departments in Higher Education. My work is underpinned by the psychodynamic (Freudian) approach which helps clients to understand problems by increasing their awareness of how past relationships may be influencing their present issues such anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, relationships, depression and many other personal difficulties.

I provide a multilingual counselling and psychotherapy service in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese or a combination of these with bilingual clients. Clients are able to express their concerns in their first language which enhances the quality of the therapeutic work and leads to more effective outcomes.

I also combine psychotherapy with life coaching skills for short-term, solution focused work with clients wishing to manage their phobias, panic disorders, accumulation of unwanted objects (hoarding/clutter), and many other conditions.



BSc (Hons) Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (University of Sussex), Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods (Psychology), Certificate in Therapeutic Coaching, Diploma in Translation (Trilingual)


Membership of Professional Organisations:

* Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) BACP

* Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society BPS (MBPsS)

* Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MIL)

Multilingual Counselling in East Sussex

Clients are able to express their concerns in their mother-tongue and overcome stressful language difficulties. Multilingual Counselling and Psychotherapy can be provided in English, but also:

Nous pouvons parler en français
"La psychothérapie est une démarche d’accompagnement individuel et de soin, en cas de difficultés, de souffrance, de crise. Elle permet de réduire ou faire disparaître des symptômes, de réparer une perte de confiance ou d’estime de soi et de retrouver de l’énergie et des ressources".


Podemos falar em português
"A Psicoterapia é um processo terapêutico com o objectivo de investigar as origens de um sofrimento psíquico. Esse sofrimento manifesta-se através de sinais de insatisfação consigo mesmo ou com a vida, sintomas como fobias, angústia, depressão, dificuldades conjugais, dificuldades profissionais, somatizações, entre outros".


Se pude hablar español
"La Psicoterapia individual es un método de trabajo terapéutico que privilegia la relación que se establece entre la persona que realiza la consulta y el psicoterapeuta. En el marco de esta relación de trabajo, establecida de mutuo acuerdo, profesional y paciente van a identificar y analizar dinámicas inconscientes que dificultan nuestra vida".

What is the Therapeutic process?

Prospective clients attend an assessment session. This provides both the client and myself the opportunity to decide whether we wish to work together before agreeing on the appropriate number of sessions . Sessions are 50 minutes long and usually held on the same day and at the same time each week.

How to start Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Please make an appointment for an assessment session where key concerns can be discussed and the best therapeutic approach identified (long term, time-limited, brief therapy, etc).

Does counselling or psychotherapy remain confidential?

Personal issues and concerns can be discussed in an accepting and safe setting. All information disclosed by clients is confidential. Clients are treated with sensitivity and respect. Clients’ personal beliefs are honoured and valued.

How does the counsellor/psychotherapist maintain therapeutic standards?

I receive monthly supervision to ensure that therapeutic standards are maintained with all clients.

Which code of Ethics is the Counsellor bound by?

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein.