Adam Crowther | MBACP, PGDip, MSc | Humanistic & Gestalt Therapist
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, or if you've been knocked sideways by some event or crisis. Therapy with me is a space to simply be: to slow down, feel safe, and expand your awareness of everything you're experiencing. 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 short-term counselling or long-term psychotherapy. 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
I have worked as a therapist with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for a number of years. I was previously a mental health researcher exploring the Recovery Approach and how we know whether people benefit from therapy. 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.
My pronouns are he/him and I identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
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
I have worked as a therapist with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for a number of years. I myself identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. 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
- 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
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.
- 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.
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£50 per session (concessions available).
I offer an initial 50-minute meeting for £25. 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.
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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (days & evenings). Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. Shorter-term counselling for an event, topic or crisis, or longer-term psychotherapy.
Types of client