Dr Stephen Briers: Therapeutic services

A Tailored Approach

Since qualifying in 2000 I have combined various therapeutic approaches in my work. Each of us is unique, and one of my jobs as a 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.

My original training focused heavily 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.

I try to keep myself up to date with the latest developments and techniques in the field and am currently completing a training in Brainspotting.

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

Briers O'Neill offices at Citibase

Stephen works out of comfortable, quiet rooms at Citibase, a listed building in the heart of Brighton.


Where to find me


Life is a process of constant change. In order to evolve we must constantly adapt to changing circumstances. The right kind of therapeutic alliance can be of real value in helping you to challenge assumptions, adopt fresh perspectives and develop new skills to navigate life’s challenges effectively.

Many of our problems – especially those identified as mental health symptoms –  result from coping mechanisms that have either backfired or been outgrown, leaving them no longer fit for purpose. When this happens, our defunct coping strategies start to cause us more problems than they solve. The result is often experienced as a ‘crisis’ or ‘problem’ of some kind.

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

Areas of work

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

If the issue you need help with does not appear on this list, please contact me. If I cannot help you personally, I may be able to suggest another practitioner who can.

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 at £85.00 for a full 60-minutes of contact time, although in special circumstances concessions may be considered. If prices change, as they have done occasionally over the years, my policy is to try and ensure that clients remain on the same rate as when they began therapy.

Written reports and formal letters are charged at £50.00 an hour.

Further information

For more detailed information about all aspects of my practice and privacy policies, please consult my terms and conditions.