Shauna Aura-Beare, MBACP BA(Hons) PGDip

Shauna Aura-Beare, MBACP BA(Hons) PGDip

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Worthing
West Sussex
BN14

07908 720169

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Worthing
West Sussex
BN14

07908 720169

About me

Looking for a counsellor with a fresh and modern approach? Do you want to make some changes? Your initial consultation is always free of charge. Are you looking for someone warm, intuitive and approachable? Need someone professional, emphatic and Non-judgmental to talk to? Want Couples counselling? Feeling anxious, suicidal or depressed? Confused, angry or frustrated?

I work only with female clients. I became a counsellor to be there for people who are feeling alone, or feel that there is 'no way out'. I believe that I am a counsellor with humility and total passion for my work. I am warm, intuitive and approachable. I know it can feel so difficult to make a first move with starting counselling, and for some of you, reading this, could be a huge step in itself. I am here to answer any questions you may have and take the process at your own pace. I hope you find what you are looking for here.

I am a qualified and highly experienced Humanistic Counsellor and practice in Brighton and Hove. I offer a safe confidential and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship in which you can explore personal or difficult issues that may be causing you distress.


Feeling anxiety, pain or anger and coping with personal difficulties can feel unbearable, isolating and debilitating, sometimes these feelings can be relentless and it is difficult to see an end to your anxiety or pain. You can often feel very alone. It is important for you to find someone to trust, who feels safe enough to help you in understand difficult feelings, and who is not directly involved in your situation. Counselling can help you think about unhelpful or unhealthy relationship patterns, or support your recovery from trauma or loss and help you see your way through and learn to cope better with any number of complex and difficult situations. Working alongside a counsellor will help you to feel supported and not alone in your journey.

I offer an emotionally supportive, safe and calming atmosphere I work predominately from a person centered perspective, I often draw upon psychoanalytical theory as I believe this can be helpful in thinking about problems and distress in the present that can sometimes be related to earlier experiences or relationships in our lives. Understanding this can help you in gaining insight and clarity into present difficulties, relationship patterns, confusing feelings and develop new coping mechanisms.

A professional and insightful counselling relationship established and built upon over a period of time help you to increase in self awareness, and provide you with an environment that may help to facilitate change. Person-centered counselling practice is a 'talking therapy', I will provide the core conditions and gently encourage you to explore issues on a deeper level without you feeling criticised or judged. Counselling is an opportunity to have the space, time and relationship to consider how you think about and respond to life's events and situations, past or present. It is an opportunity to explore options and different ways of coping. The experience of sharing your thoughts and feelings with another individual can relieve your feelings that you are entirely alone with your difficulties. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace and explore at levels which feel comfortable and manageable for you.

Maybe you feel that you need some space and time that is just “yours” to find out who you are or who you want to become, where you are going and how you are going to achieve goals or work toward change, and move away from the demands or pressures of others, or the stress of life. Having counselling is a space for you to reflect and feel supported in transitions of change or recovery, a place where you can explore issues which may be preventing you from getting the most out of your life and fulfilling your potential.


Client Testimonials, used with full permission:

February 2013:

I originally contacted Shauna because of CFS (partly triggered by a past trauma) and related anxiety issues I was having. I was immediately relaxed by Shauna's warm, calm and understanding personality to the point where at times it became like chatting to a good friend, not to belittle the work done or the professional manor in which Shauna conducted the sessions - I was just very comfortable and at ease with her. Having now completed my counselling sessions with her I can highly recommend her to anyone with similar problems to me or indeed anyone experiencing a mental health issue. She used a wide range of counselling techniques and I have taken away many 'tools' that I can use whenever I face issues. Although she always claimed I was doing the work, her guidance and reassurance was key. I felt that her expertise in counselling was so beneficial to me that it has potentially changed my outlook of life for good.

February 2013

Working with Shauna has been immensely supportive and reassuring. She has helped me move beyond some very traumatic events, by exploring them (at my own pace, when I was ready) and letting me make sense of my reactions to them. I have always felt without question that Shauna was there for me, whether my week has been great, devastating or indifferent. She is sensitive, intuitive and draws seamlessly on a number of therapy approaches, allowing her to help me 'heal' my past, deal with the present and give me the tools to cope with the future.

March 2013

Shauna, thank you so much for everything you have done for me. I have been able to see things clearer and work through issues I have been burying for years! thank you for being warm, understanding and there for me relentlessly. i will miss our sessions but feel able to use the confidence I developed during counselling in the outside world. I will never forget you, Thanks again.


March 2013

I contacted Shauna initially for some counselling after experiencing anxiety and difficulties in a close relationship. Having worked with Shauna over the period of nineteen sessions, I felt able to cope better with my emotions and how I conduct myself in this particular relationship. I have to say, it was the hardest thing I have ever done and therapy isn't an easy way out! Shauna was really supportive and I really felt she was non-judgmental and I felt very safe with her. I am still learning how to 'be', and this is ongoing for me but without my therapy with Shauna, I would not be half as calm and happy as I am now. I can fully recommend that anyone who is seeking therapy contact Shauna, I was really scared while looking for a counsellor but Shauna put me at ease right from the start, I will really miss her.

April 2013

When I first contacted Shauna I was at rock bottom. Having a history of suicidal attempts and thoughts, I was stuck in a dark and scary place. I knew I needed some support. Shauna has been incredible. It felt like she always knew what to say when others didn't have a clue. I have been able to find ways to cope. I am alive and know I have reasons to be alive. I couldn't see this before. Shauna's support has been invaluable. She has been warm, safe and there for me when I have needed her. I have now ended my counselling and know that Shauna will be there if I need to go back. My life is totally changed since starting counselling, I can't thank Shauna enough.

August 2013

Over the many months working together Shauna used a person centred approach to explore aspects of depression, suicide, self image, relationships, sexual issues, feelings of loss, and day to day coping strategies. She has also helped with my post traumatic stress disorder symptoms by working on creating a safe environment for me to explore my areas of trauma. Shauna treats me with great respect and care. I have nothing but praise for her and all she has done to support me. Her attention to detail and timing means I am always able to leave our sessions feeling safe. I am never rushed or hurried. Shauna has worked with me through the extreme lows of my depression, acted as my advocate during my period in psychiatric hospital and supported my personal journey, through artistic endeavors, to tell my story. She has helped me to realise that my experiences are valuable and that I too am valued by others.

September 2013

Over the many months working together Shauna used a person centred approach to explore aspects of depression, suicide, self image, relationships, sexual issues, feelings of loss, and day to day coping strategies. She has also helped with my post traumatic stress disorder symptoms by working on creating a safe environment for me to explore my areas of trauma. Shauna treats me with great respect and care. I have nothing but praise for her and all she has done to support me. Her attention to detail and timing means I am always able to leave our sessions feeling safe. I am never rushed or hurried. Shauna has worked with me through the extreme lows of my depression, acted as my advocate during my period in psychiatric hospital and supported my personal journey, through artistic endeavors, to tell my story. She has helped me to realise that my experiences are valuable and that I too am valued by others.

September 2013

Having worked with Shauna in counselling for the last nine months, I can safely say that starting counselling was the best decision I have ever made. Not just that, but choosing Shauna as my counsellor was the best choice I could have made. I have found sessions with Shauna absolutely calming, safe and I have felt able to talk over the most horrific things that have prevented me living a full and happy life. Shauna has helped me overcome some serious issues with self harming and suicidal thoughts. I have been able to address issues I had with my family and past relationships with Shauna's support. She has been kind, caring, gentle and shown me that I can feel in control and take counselling at my own pace. I hope to continue to move forwards in my life and I know that I can see Shauna again if I need to.

October 2013


Finishing counselling was almost as scary as the thought of starting... scary in a different way... scary in a 'I am facing the world' kind of way. My sessions with Shauna have helped me to face my issues around food and eating and weight and control. It has been hard. But truly brilliant. I can now say that I am in control of my life in a balanced and safe way. Shauna has been the best counsellor, she has been insightful, intuitive and gentle in her approach. Walking with me on my journey and allowing me to open up bit by bit. I will miss Shauna and the weekly sessions, knowing she is there for me no matter what. I now know, I can be there for me, no matter what. I am giving up my stabilisers... and riding free! Thanks for everything Shauna.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my Post-Graduate professional training at The University of Brighton, It has a reputation for both clinical and academic excellence and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and affiliated to the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA). BACP is the largest professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK and ensure the highest professional standards. This training requires a substantial amount of on-going clinical experience and supervision, theoretical understanding and personal psychotherapy.

In addition to my Post-Graduate Diploma in Person centered counselling, I also hold a first degree and qualifications in Information, Advice and Guidance.

Humanistic counselling derives from Person centered counselling which was devised by Carl Rogers. It is based on the assumption  that a client seeking help in the resolution of a problem they are experiencing, can enter into a relationship with a counsellor who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to see himself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object. (BACP)

My continued professional development has allowed me to develop a focus on Psychoanalytic theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Art Therapy, I offer creative sessions with clients who wish to use art to explore their feelings. This further learning has equipped me to work in an integrative way- drawing upon theories and approaches to best suit your needs.

Brighton and Hove has one of the highest rates of completed suicides in the United Kingdom. I am fully trained in ASIST; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training, which is the most widely used intervention in suicide prevention. As a fully trained professional, I am able to have a better awareness of those people who have thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living, review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behaviour for an agreed amount of time and follow up on all safety commitments and accessing further help as needed.

I have over fifteen years of experience working in areas such as Police, Probation and court work, families and young people with multiple complex needs, women and children who are fleeing domestic violence, mentally disordered offenders, survivors of suicide and service management.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (MBACP) This professional body has codes of ethics to which I adhere, and complaints procedures which ensure the highest standards of confidentiality and professional practice. I am fully insured. I have regular Supervision in Brighton.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work only with female clients. I am able to work with many issues as listed but I have specialist experience working particularly with clients experiencing:

  • Suicidal feelings
  • Bereavement through suicide
  • Self harm
  • Sexual issues
  • Post traumatic stress disorder and/or trauma
  • Anxiety disorders and Depression
  • Obsessional thoughts and rituals
  • Victims and witnesses of crime
  • Abuse, in particular emotional domestic abuse
  • Relationship issues, including couples counselling.
  • Eating disorders


I have over fifteen years experience in working with people with multiple complex needs.

Whether you are experiencing difficulties with an issue listed above or a combination of a number of them, I am able to work with you to find a way through your distress.

Fees

Usually, I work with clients on an open ended, long term basis, alternatively, I can offer time limited counselling focusing on one specific problem - this is generally for six to twelve sessions, this can be negotiated to best suit your needs. I offer couples counselling. When we have agreed what would be most helpful to you, we can then arrange a regular day and time each week to meet, as the counselling process needs a commitment to weekly sessions. I offer one to one, couples, online and telephone counselling. I offer Skype counselling sessions for those who might find this more comfortable.

Each session lasts for fifty minutes.

One to One counselling sessions £60 each session
Couples counselling sessions £90 each session
Under 18's £50 each session
Trainee counsellor sessions £50 each session


The initial consultation is free of charge.

Further information

My private practice is at my home in Worthing, where you will be warmly welcomed. The room is calming, quiet and confidential.

As well as some daytime, I offer evening appointments and some weekend appointments. I am flexible in terms of times of sessions, and can accommodate client needs, this is something we can discuss together.

I understand that making the first move with starting counselling can be difficult, please get in touch to discuss how counselling with me can help, you can call me on 07908720169 or email me at shauna@brightoncounsellor.co.uk, please take a look at my website for further information: www.brightoncounsellor.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Worthing, BN14

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I currently have availability.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
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