Psychological Therapies

COVID 19 Notice

During the pandemic I am still offering limited face to face sessions according to clinical need. Online sessions for established clients are also available. My building has a rigorous COVID protocol; more details will be provided if you come to see me. My room is big enough to maintain social distancing and I am wiping down surfaces and seating with disinfectant between clients. However, you need to understand that if you do decide to attend in person, you do so at your own risk.

My clinical work is currently conducted out of a bright and spacious office at Citibase in Central Brighton. I prefer to work face to face, but like many of my colleagues I am currently using video technologies such as Zoom and Facetime to offer online sessions to clients who cannot attend in person during the pandemic.

Briers O'Neill offices at Citibase
Citibase, a listed building with quiet rooms in the heart of Brighton.

Ethos and Approach

In the last two decades I have used various therapeutic approaches in my work. Everyone is unique; my job as therapist is therefore to find the way of working that suits you best. Sometimes that involves drawing on tools or ideas from more than one clinical school or tradition.

I work from the assumption that if you are investing emotionally and financially in therapy you are looking for more than a sympathetic ear. Whatever your age or the issues you are facing, I approach therapy as a dynamic, two-way collaboration in which both therapist and client are actively involved in finding the best way forward.

My original training focused on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) but I also make use of psychodynamic and systemic approaches in my practice. I am a qualified EMDR practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and have a special interest in trauma work and self-regulation.

Areas of clinical work

Over the years I have been fortunate to work across the age range, providing treatment for both adults and children. I also see couples and families. I can offer assistance with:

  • Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Trauma work
  • Relationship counselling
  • Family Therapy
  • Depression treatment
  • Anxiety treatment
  • Substance misuse
  • Psychosexual health
  • Parenting support

Confidentiality and ethics

Therapy needs to be a safe space in which clients can talk openly and explore ideas without fear of censure or repercussion.  Your confidentiality is extremely important; only in very exceptional circumstances will information about you or your child ever be shared without your permission.

Records are kept in encrypted electronic form on secure servers and password protected drives. Systems have been put in place to ensure that my practice is compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation.

As a chartered clinical psychologist, I am regulated by the Health Professions Council. I am also a member of the British Psychological Society and seek to adhere to their code of ethics.


The standard charge for sessions, whether individual or joint, is currently £80.00 for 60-minutes of contact time. Concessions may be considered in exceptional cases. After the session I will send you an invoice via email with full BACS details.

Forms and documents for new clients