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From the INSIDE-OUT -  LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counselling

Sexuality as well as gender identity can be factors which further the sense of isolation for those affected by challenging experiences in their lives. LGBTQI+ affirmative counselling enables and supports the recovery of growing up in a heterosexual, hetero-normative world, and enables the individual to get the most out of life by healing discriminating trauma. I have over 25 years experience of working in mental health, within local and national care support agencies, as well as in private practise and in bereavement counselling support with St Michael's Hospice. I have extensive experience of working with people suffering from depression, anxiety, bereavement and those affected by suicide. I additionally have considerable experience of working with people affected by trauma and abuse and with people from a diverse range of backgrounds including the LGBTQI+ community, and those feeling marginalised and/or isolated. My counselling approach embraces the core principle of unconditional acceptance of the individual's true and authentic nature and identity, and in developing a confident sense of self with the freedom to choose a lifestyle consistent with their right to self-expression.

My private counselling practice is based in comfortable safe surroundings in the Meads area of Eastbourne.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • FdSc in Person Centred Counselling (Brighton University).
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Experienced mindfulness/meditation teacher.
  • Buddhist Chaplain & Bereavement Counsellor
  • Trained in Working with Bereavement. Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Childhood Trauma. Addiction. Suicide Support. Depression and Anxiety. Discrimination and Diversity.
  • Buddhist/Meditation classes for LGBTQI people.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Fees

£40 per session. (Student reductions)

Fees can be negotiated for those with limited income.

Fee reduction for a contract period

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Availability

Flexible working hours

Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN20

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Amalabandhu Chandler FdSc MBACP (registered)

Amalabandhu Chandler FdSc MBACP (registered)