Elizabeth Greenan BA (hons) FdSc Counselling MBACP
Counselling is an opportunity to discover inner resources for personal growth and healing. I offer a supportive and confidential relationship in which to explore difficulties and to discover ways of moving forward in a more positive way.
I am trained in the Person-Centred Approach to counselling which is based on the understanding that we all have an instinctive ability to flourish as unique individuals and to reach our full personal potential. Relationships, circumstances or traumatic events can impose restrictions and make demands on us so that we lose touch with our own personal strengths, and the ability to make choices and direct our own lives.
Person-Centred counselling is 'non-directive' which means that the client decides what issues they want to talk about and explore. It is not about giving advice or telling the client where they are 'going wrong'. The counsellor's task is to facilitate the client in a process of self exploration so that they are in a better position to make choices and regain control over their own life.
I sometimes work in a more directive way when this seems helpful to the therapy. While the Person-Centred Approach forms the basis of the relationship that I build with my clients, through working in different settings and with a varied client base, and through my continued professional training, I also draw on a variety of other theoretical appraoches.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a wealth of experience in counselling adults, children and young people at the Dialogue Centre 'Families Plus' service (Brighton), in private practice and in schools. I have specific training and experience in working with trauma, ADHD, ASC (autistic spectrum) and self harm and am trained and have experience in working systemically and with families. I am trained in MBCT Mindfulness based cognitive therapy. I am currently School Counsellor in four schools in Brighton and Hove.
I trained and worked for many years as a counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care. I trained and worked as a helpline counsellor for Survivors' Network (supporting women survivors of sexual abuse) and for Parents' Helpline, a telephone listening service for families.
Recent CPD courses:
Trauma Informed Practice
Working with adolecsents in private practice
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
per 50 minute session:
I offer play therapy, art therapy and counselling for children and young people. It can be a huge relief for children and young people to be given the opportunity to express difficult and confusing feelings either directly or through play and art-work. It is not always easy for children to express their feelings with family members, either due to a sense of responsibility and not wanting to cause upset, or simply because they do not have the maturity to sort through and identify their emotions. Once feelings are acknowleged and explored in a gentle and supportive environment they lose much of their negative power. I have a flexible approach when working with children and young people and offer sessions together with parents/carers and family members where this seems appropriate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work in schools during the day in term time. My availability for private work varies during the week but is generally from 5pm on weekday evenings
Types of client