St Leonards On Sea
07814401547 / 07814 401547
SUE ADAMS : INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPIST - PSYCHOSYNTHESIS COUNSELLOR - ARTIST.
I am also licensed to use S.E. SOMATIC EXPERIENCING which is a therapeutic approach to working with ANXIETY, STRESS and TRAUMA which uses neuro -scientific understanding.
I bring my different trainings together to help you.
It is generally known that overwhelming stress and unrecognised trauma lie at the root of many problems that can lead any of us to seek professional help.
At such a time of need the support and help of a partner, family and friends can be very valuable – but these may not be enough - and you may not have that support to turn to.
Medication can also be a very useful crutch at such a time and help you to cope. But it may not bring a real resolution to the difficulties you're facing.
Our current western life style can also add to the pressures and confusion that can feel overwhelming.
Although our western culture offers us much of enormous value, it can also stress us in tending to over-value the material world and an over-rational and technological orientation to life. We can feel burdened by unreal expectations of material success, achievement and happiness and shamed if we or others judge us as failing to meet them. The current pace of life can leave us struggling to deal with, ' too much, too fast and too soon.' And as a result our subtly balanced and sensitive animal bodies can become dys-regulated and out of balance. Sometimes chronically so. In a worst case scenario we may come to feel our health, humanity and even our sanity is under threat.
I will say a little about the S.E. basis for working with stress and trauma here.
It has become common knowledge that when our nervous system perceives a threat it will mobilise a 'fight, flight or freeze ', response to best protect us in the face of danger and until this has passed. Such a response is mostly unconscious and can seem automatic. We can fear we're losing control of ourselves and the situation and sometimes we do exactly that. Wild animals instinctively know how to move on through such protective responses that their nervous system has activated and they don't impede the process. But we humans tend to live dissociated from and ignoring the ever present and subtle promptings of our animal bodies. Consequently we can stay caught in one or all of these, 'in the moment', response patterns long after the danger is over. This may be for days, months or even years. And - our additionally developed human brains can get in the way of our body's recovery process and can keep us stuck in a long term dys-regulation.
But the Good News is : that we really can learn to help our nervous system to bring us back into balance and good regulation. Neuro-science continues to show us that our brains have a plasticity and creativity throughout our lives that wasn't previously thought possible. And as we start to re-find our balance we can more readily respond to and address our difficulties. Sometimes these are outer problems and sometimes inner ones. Usually it is an interweaving of both that disempower us in overwhelming us.
SE – Somatic Experiencing has been developed by Psychologist Dr Peter Levine in relation to the work of Neuro-Scientist Dr Stephen Porges. Their work is well known in the neuro-scientific community and can be found on line if you wish to know more about it. SE uses neuro-scientific understanding to help us to understand, regulate, manage and change our responses to ourselves and to others.
Please be assured that SE doesn't necessarily involve any touch or physical bodywork or any deep understanding of neuro-science to be of help to you I have included it in my practice as in my experience it is a very effective addition in my working as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
It suggests simple ways of listening to the good information that is available in your somatic experience – and in mine too. ( i.e. the store of knowledge and often common sense that our bodies hold). We can then include and use this to help us in talking about and working with the problems that you bring.
My being an Artist comes into our work in that I value creativity as a resource that every single one of us has to draw upon. I'm not talking about artistic ability here but the inborn and very real creativity we all have and use to create and manage our lives on a daily basis. Most of us easily dismiss these resources in us.
If however, you are an artist with particular problems with creativity, I am happy to work with those too.
My Psychosynthesis Training is at the heart of my work and with what neuro-science describes as being a concern of the 'right brain'. Whereas in simple terms - the left is concerned with rationality and factual measurable information - the right is more concerned with feeling and meaning and with more wholistic and intuitive perceptions of the world. Both brain capacities are valuable and are needed as each supports, develops and deepens the perceptions and understanding of the other - if allowed and helped to do so.
Psychosynthesis also addresses questions about how we can live a life that holds meaning and purpose and discover and realise the Soulful concerns we may have beyond those of material survival.
I bring other approaches into my work too.
For example , I value the Jungian approach to dreamwork, mythology and the archetypal world. I am also interested in what Jungian therapist, Marion Woodman has called, 'Conscious Femininity', and which in its turn calls for 'Conscious Masculinity' – which I do not see as gender specific.
As well as our talking together and learning from what happens in our relating, I may suggest we work with guided imagery, drawing, breathing and sounding and the SE body awareness.
But Please note: Your feeling comfortable with using any of these is very important and if you are not – we will not use them.
I will say once more that you do not need to have any understanding of neuro-science or the brain or of the different approaches I have mentioned for us to work together. Though you may well have questions you want to ask me about them.
What is necessary is your willingness to look at your difficulties. And there is always room for humour, joy and a sense of wonder and playfulness to come in too.
Lower on this page you will find a list of issues that I work with.
Just here I will refer to some of the Symptoms that you may find yourself experiencing and trying to manage You may be struggling with any or all of these or have some of your own to add.
I'll include: constantly returning states of anxiety, agitation and difficulties with concentrating. Difficulties with intimacy and relationships and a loss of sexual interest. Difficulty in finding needed respite in relaxing, enjoying your life and social activities. Not being able to rest, or have really restorative sleep. You may find you are easily irritated and feelings of anger or rage are close to the surface and even acted upon. You may be finding that you easily swing into an opposite of depression with self destructive behaviour, frightening imaginings and suicidal thoughts and intentions. You may be obsessing over past events and relationships or becoming addicted in various ways. You may experience a distancing from yourself and from your life. A loss of connection with the self that previously had a vision of your life and how to live it.
All or just one of these can result in your having a sense of panic and overwhelm that may arise from present circumstances. Or there may be a legacy from earlier unresolved life experiences with a confusing interweaving of your past and your present.
Such experiences can be frightening – but can also call to and develop a deeper and more resilient level of healing in us. It is that in you that I will try to en-courage.
Finally: I am aware that responses to trauma can vary enormously from one person to another. We are all born into different life circumstances and carry different family,cultural, ancestral, racial and gender legacies that contribute to our sense of who we are. Some of us seem fortunate in being apparently well resourced, emotionally, physically and materially. Others less so. At the present time of social, political and ecological uncertainties and change we can feel very challenged. Both in our ideas and what we held as certainties about ourselves in life and in relation to the lives and well being of others on our planet.
Contacting me and what happens after that:
Please e mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to answer any ?s you have - or you can contact me by phone on 07814401547.
My fee is £50 for a 60 minute session and there is some room for negotiation. My qualifications are below. I am a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Psychosynthesis Counsellor and a member of SEA UK. My qualifications etc. are given below at the very end.
A next step would be meeting together for both of us to see whether I am going to be the best person for you to work with. If we decide to go further, I'll suggest 6 weekly sessions of 60 mins after which we can review how our work is going. You may decide to stop or to continue working with me at this point. Of course you are free to stop and end our professional relationship at any time but my suggesting 6 sessions is an encouragement to give yourself enough time to see if our work is useful for you.
My Previous relevant working experience.
Before and during my trainings I worked in different Educational and Community settings and in Community and Hospital based Mental Health Teams before going into private practice as a therapist in London. I have now moved to East Sussex and work in the Hastings area. I am a Training Therapist for Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Organisations.
Qualifications: ( also see below). I am a UKCP, ( United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), registered psychotherapist and Psychosynthesis Counsellor and have been reaccredited in 2003,2008 and 20013.
Diploma in Art and Design/Fine Art. Hornsey College Art, London (now inc. Middlesex University).
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. Psychosynthesis and Education Trust, London1986
Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, Bath B.C.P.C. 1998
Licensed to practice SE Trauma work in May 2014 - member of SEA UK Somatic Experiencing Assoc.
Completed Supervision training at Re-Vision (Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis )London 2003
EMDR Training to Advanced level in early 2000. I no longer offer this.
Life Span Integration Trauma Training with Peggy Pace in 2007 - Birkbeck College London
Post grad. work with stress and trauma related issues at Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS 9 – 6PM. (Some negotiation possible).
Types of client