Adam Crowther | MBACP, PGDip, MSc | Humanistic & Gestalt | 1:1 & couples therapy
I am here for you if you are going through something that's difficult, confusing or unbearable. Whatever you're grappling with (by yourself or as part of a couple/relationship), no matter how dark or hopeless it feels bring it to the safety of our therapy room and together we'll find a way forward for you.
Reaching out for support is one of the best things you can do when you're struggling, whether or not you know what feels wrong in your life. Therapy with me is a space to simply be: to slow down, feel safe, and expand your awareness of what you're experiencing so that you can find a way through it. It is also a place to experiment, take risks, and even be rebellious: by trying out different ways of thinking, being, relating to others and responding to events. You might discover parts of yourself that you couldn't see before, like the roots of a tree, allowing you to realise your freedom to be adaptive in a changing world.
I am a BACP-registered, qualified humanistic therapist providing 1:1 therapy and couples/relationship therapy, either short-term or longer-term. I focus on the Gestalt approach to therapy, an exciting approach which explores your here-and-now experience and can help you creatively manage a decision, event or crisis, or explore deeper aspects of yourself and your relationships. It is informal, experimental, honest, playful and sometimes challenging. This therapy is relational and experiential, meaning that much of your growth will come about through experiencing yourself in new and different ways in your therapeutic relationship with me.
Among other things, Gestalt therapy explores:
- how you notice and meet your needs, or ignore them to protect yourself
- blocks to fully experiencing and accepting yourself
- how to develop more playful responses to life's events
- your flexibility to be many different, sometimes contradictory things (strong and vulnerable, serious and funny, solitary and sociable)
- unfinished business or being "stuck" in the past
- relationship patterns and how unhealthy ones can be sustained by both parties
In my work with couples and other relationships, my LGBTQ+ identity and experience of working with the LGBTQ+ community gives me a fierce commitment to working with relationship diversity. This means I welcome and work affirmatively with polyamorous relationships, open relationships, monogamous relationships and any other intimate relationship involving two or more people, including friendships and family relationships (e.g. siblings).
Contemplating counselling can be scary and unknown, particularly if you're fragile, and I will support you through this. I'll be there at your side as we create a reliable moment in your week for you to meet the challenge of change at your own pace.
If you would like to work together, are not sure, have questions, or want to check availability or other practicalities, phone, text or email me any time. We can have a brief chat on the phone to ask questions if that feels comfortable, and we can organise an initial meeting to sit down together and discuss what's happening for you and your hopes for therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My pronouns are he/him and I identify as LGBTQ+. I have worked as a therapist with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for a number of years. Deep respect and passion for Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) is at the heart of my approach. I previously did mental health research exploring how we know whether people benefit from therapy, the stories people tell about their lives, and the Recovery Approach. I have delivered psycho-educational groups on "shame", supported older people in their homes, and worked with people with a wide range of diagnoses, including eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychosis.
- PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
- Certificate in Couples and Relationships Therapy (in training)
- MSc Experimental Psychology – University of Sussex
- Cognitive Remediation Therapy Qualification – King's College London
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- BA (Hons) Classics – University of Oxford
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I welcome all experiences, from depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm, to trauma and physical or emotional abuse, to work and relationship difficulties. Particular interests include:
- Identity – Affirming and exploring confusion or changes in sexuality, gender, age, relationship diversity, or cultural and spiritual identity. I identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Intimate relationships – Including conflict, abuse, stuckness, and separation in a diverse range of relationships types and styles (polyamorous, open, monogamous, friendships, family).
- Needs – Responding to our needs, putting ourselves or others first, particularly understanding, expressing and responding to our emotions.
- Improvisation – Being present and creative in our moment-to-moment responses (I have a background in classical and folk music).
- Language – The stories we tell about ourselves, and how the words we use change our experience of ourselves, others and the world.
- Loss – Not only the complex emotions following a bereavement, but also loss of the past, a career, a relationship, a role (e.g. mother), or part of yourself.
1:1 therapy: £40 per session
Couples/relationship therapy: £50 per session
Reduced-cost slots may be available for students, or those who are unemployed or on low income.
I offer for everyone an initial meeting for £20 (50 minutes). This is an opportunity for us to meet and explore what you are going through, what brings you to therapy, how therapy and my approach work, your hopes for therapy, and whether it feels like a good fit to work together.
Sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes. Shorter-term counselling or longer-term psychotherapy available.
Other professional development:
- Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
- LGBTQ+ affirmative practice
- Suicide intervention (ASIST and SafeTALK)
- Working at Relational Depth
- Working Therapeutically with Sand Trays
- Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression
- Peer Mentoring & Personal Development