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I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor. I work from therapy rooms in Eastbourne and offer counselling in person; by phone; over Skype and by text.
Although I work in general practice I have particular interest in working with childhood sexual abuse, relationship issues, trauma and issues around identity.
Furthermore, I work with men, women and groups irrespective of age, religion, sexuality, gender identity, profession, financial standing, disability, ethnicity etc. across a range of life situation including but not limited to:
Anxiety | Anger awareness | Bereavement | Bullying | Depression | Grief | Identity | Personal Development | Marriage issues | Relationship issues | Sexual Abuse | Suicide | Trauma | Work issues
I offer you a safe and supportive space to be yourself – a space to support your growth and healing. As a person-centred therapist the focus is on you, helping you move forward as you make sense of your experiences. I also work relationally which means I am ready to explore the way we relate to each other as a way of gaining insights into your relationships.
I am a firm believer in the wisdom of our bodies and use my awareness of bodily ‘felt-senses’ to inform the counselling process. For some clients, it may be useful to explore their own bodily experiences and I am ready to facilitate this.
Some clients also find it useful to engage with therapy creatively. For that reason I work therapeutically with role-play, psychodrama, drawing and using a sand-tray with figurines.
My training, work experience and any achievement
I hold a BACP accredited Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling. A two year full-time course of rigorous and soulful counselling training.
This course focussed on the work of Carl Rogers’ person-centred therapy who believed that therapy occurs within an empathic, non-judgemental relationship with an authentic therapist, who is fully present.
I was also taught about Eugene Gendlin’s focussing. Gendlin, a close colleague of Rogers, focussed on the bodily felt-senses and the part they play in telling us something about our well-being.
Creative therapy was also taught throughout the course and I was able to develop a creative approach to therapy using sand-trays, drawing and psychodrama.
TA-101: Foundation training in Transactional Analysis - a humanistic mode of therapy pioneered by Eric Berne. He looked to increase awareness around the way that people interact and communicate with each other.
Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors (PODS) training for therapists working with survivors of child sex abuse - including ’Child Sexual Abuse - Hope for Healing’ and ’Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery - Healing the Brain’.
As a part of my work with local charity abandofbrothers I have had impactful and extensive leadership training around group facilitation, psychodrama, non-violent communication and coaching. Again and again, the work and training challenges me to look closely at my relationships and that which stands in the way of connection and personal expression.
National Coalition-Building Institute (NCBI) Diversity Training. A rich gathering of people from diverse background and superbly facilitated - this training offered me a way of exploring my prejudices and assumptions whilst also creating a healing space for connection and understanding.
After 14 years of grounding work as a gardener I continue to hold a small space to tend to the gardens of some long-term and valued clients.
Telephone and online counseling session are £35 per session.
Additional telephone and text support upon request.
I found talking with James covering my still feelings of grief after the death of my first husband most rewarding. We also discussed my own mortality and the feelings surrounding it as I enter my 76th year, usually a taboo subject but now I feel much more comfortable facing my own death... a journey we all must make.
Thank you James for your listening ear.
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