07729 754 883
Hello and thanks for taking the time to view my profile. I hope you find all the information you need to decide if I am the right counsellor for you. If not, feel free to message and I'll do my best to answer your query.
How I work
I offer you a safe and therapeutic space to support your growth and healing - moving at a pace that suits you. You may want to make use of the counselling relationship by talking about things you might otherwise avoid or are hesitant to talk about.
I will listen and help you make sense of things. I certainly won’t judge you, shame you or make you feel inadequate about the way you are or because of the thoughts and feelings you have.
The focus is on you, helping you to move forward as you make sense of your experience. Counselling is sometimes said to be ‘a place where we meet ourselves’. It’s a process of acceptance, empowerment, adjustment and growth.
I also bring 'body psychotherapy' into my practice. Some clients find it useful to get in touch with a bodily 'felt-sense' that can bring about new personal insights and therapeutic movement.
At times it might also be useful for us to look at our relationship as this can offer valuable insights into self-understanding and how you relate to others in your life.
Some people find it helpful to engage with therapy creatively. Therefore, I also work therapeutically with sand-trays, drawing and role play.
I'm a fully qualified and experienced person-centred counsellor working from therapy rooms in Eastbourne. Although I work in general practice I have a particular interest in working with survivors of child sexual abuse, dissociation, multiple selves and trauma.
I work with men and women irrespective of age, ethnicity, gender identity, background, sexual orientation, profession, financial standing, religion, culture etc. across a range of issues 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
My vision is a non-violent world where we are willing and able to communicate, connect and maintain an empathic understanding for ourselves, others and the world we live in.
Through counselling, I aim to create a supportive environment that allows you to get to know yourself. Time and time again I witness how people's relationships improve as their connection with themselves deepens.
"Ultimately, the goal is to gain greater self-awareness and I think that is where we find healing. Every now and then we are lucky to meet someone who connects with us as both teacher and guide and I feel I have found this in James."
"James is an excellent listener, and has provided a safe space for me to be free to talk about and explore the things that are important to me, and that trouble me, past, present and future."
"James has helped me to identify and to express the thoughts and feelings I have, both positive and negative, in an atmosphere of acknowledgement and acceptance."
"James has helped me to see some of the beliefs and assumptions I make about myself, others, and the situations I face, and has gently enabled me to consider other points of view, and choices I could make."
"On reflection – using the sand tray – it takes me out of my head and into my heart."
Training, qualifications & experience
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.
With 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
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- My fees are £40 for a 50 minute face-to-face session.
- Home visits within Eastbourne are £50 per session.
- Telephone and online counseling session are £35 per session.
- Additional telephone and text support upon request.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Saturday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|