Sumner (Sam) Milford, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Sumner (Sam) Milford

Brighton BN1 English
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Sumner (Sam) Milford, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Sumner (Sam) Milford

Brighton BN1 English
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My Approach

My aim is to offer a warm, creative space where you can freely explore whatever challenges you face - from dealing with addictions and compulsions, struggling with anxiety or depression, or navigating questions about sexuality or relationships. Together we can begin to uncover unconscious processes, unresolved conflicts, and early life experiences - whilst recognising the importance of the therapeutic relationship itself in fostering a positive outcome. My aim is to provide a judgment-free environment where you feel supported in untangling the threads, cultivating resilience, and building more meaningful connections.

About Me

I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with 10+ years of experience working with individuals and groups across a variety of settings. I have undertaken specialist training focusing on trauma, addiction and boarding school syndrome, and I am a researcher in the area of nature and mental health. I spent five years as Clinical Manager at Gambling Therapy - an organisation offering front-line support to those struggling with the impact of gambling.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

As well as working with many people struggling with substance (alcohol, drugs) and behavioural addictions (sex, porn, gambling), I spent five years as the clinical manager for Gambling Therapy - a charity offering front line services to support people who are struggling with the impact of gambling addiction. Recognising the interconnected nature of these struggles, I draw from a comprehensive understanding of the underlying psychological and emotional factors that contribute to addictive behaviours. My aim is to empower clients to navigate the unique complexities of their addiction - and to accompany them on their journey towards lasting recovery.
Recognising that anxiety often stems from unconscious processes and unresolved conflicts, I work collaboratively with clients to explore the underlying layers of their experiences. Together, the aim is to uncover patterns, unconscious motivations, and past experiences that may be influencing present-day anxieties. Understanding anxiety within the context of one's personal history and relationships can provide useful insights into its origins, fostering self-awareness and facilitating meaningful change.
Exploring difficulties presenting themselves in current, close relationships can often be a doorway to understanding ourselves better. By looking at these dynamics within the safety of the therapy room, my hope is that you begin to gain insights that pave the way for positive changes and more fulfilling connections.
I aim to provide a compassionate space to explore the complexity and sensitivity surrounding issues of sexuality. My approach is built on respect, empathy, and non-judgment. Therapy can provide a sense of grounding whether you are navigating your sexual identity, struggling with sexual compulsions, considering coming out, or grappling with the societal or personal implications of your feelings.
I have been working as a clinical supervisor for five years and my aim is always to offer a reflective approach to support the professional growth of therapists. Drawing on 10+ years of experience as a psychodynamic practitioner, I help supervisees to explore the complexities of their clinical work, fostering a deeper understanding of unconscious processes, transference, and countertransference dynamics. Through collaborative discussions and case analyses, I aim to enhance clinical skills, promote self-awareness, and provide a supportive space for the ongoing development of therapeutic competence. My supervision style is rooted in creating a safe and constructive environment where supervisees can engage in thoughtful reflection, refine their clinical techniques, and navigate the nuances of the therapeutic relationship.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • UTC Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Couple Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Family
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Obsessions
  • Online Counselling
  • Parents
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Supervision

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Brighton Office

36 Kensington Place
Brighton BN1 4EJ
United Kingdom (UK)

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UKCP College

  • Universities Training College (UTC)
Sumner (Sam) Milford

Sumner (Sam) Milford

Brighton BN1

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