Caroline Mills

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BSc(hons), MSc, PG Dip, MBACP
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Lewes BN8 & Peacehaven BN10
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About me

I specialise in bereavement counselling for adults, children and young people. The experience of grief following bereavement can involve confusing and intense emotions, unexpected symptoms and feelings of isolation. Often people worry about the impact grieving is having on them and whether this is 'normal'. My experience with, and understanding of, the grieving process often enables me to provide reassurance, as well as support, which can make a real difference.

Support for adults

There are still many myths perpetuated in our society about how someone who has been bereaved should think, or feel, and how quickly they should 'get over' the loss.  Often those around you may not understand your experience of grief, don't want you to be sad and would like you to get back to how you were before the bereavement. Bereavement counselling offers the opportunity to share how you are really feeling, talk about areas where you may be feeling stuck and to explore the many associated losses connected with bereavement. I aim to create a safe, non-judgemental space where you experience empathy and compassion while feeling heard and validated.

Support for children and families

Parents and carers looking after a bereaved child are often concerned about whether they are providing them with the best support. The way children grieve differs from adults, the child's age, stage of development, understanding of the situation, the circumstances of the death and the type of relationship they had with the deceased all need to be considered. There are often physical and behavioural as well as emotional changes which can be confusing. By looking at this together we can consider how counselling can most benefit the child or young person and enable the adults caring for them to feel more confident in the support they can offer.

Support for adults bereaved as children or young people

I also work with adults who were bereaved in childhood, adolescence or young adulthood. There may have been no opportunity for counselling or bereavement support at the time or that as life has progressed new levels of grief need to be worked through. There are also times throughout life when we mourn for associated losses, such as, not having had an adult relationship with them, not being able to share big occasions, milestones, successes or the times when we need support. Counselling provides a space to understand, explore and share your grief as well as its impact on identity throughout your life.

Group Support

I also facilitate structured bereavement support groups which offer more knowledge about the grieving process, a safe space to share experiences, worries and strategies. Receiving understanding about what you are going through can be invaluable and can be hard to find in everyday life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and a BSc and MSc in Psychology.

I have extensive training and experience in working with bereavement and loss including working with adults, children and groups as well as specific types of bereavement and associated trauma. I developed in-depth experience and understanding about how bereaved people can be best supported by working with two national bereavement charities. This motivated me to specialise in this area and has enabled me to develop my practice, gain invaluable experience  and to recognise and understand the need for high quality bereavement support.

My most recent training courses have been with the  Compassionate Mind Foundation  training  in using  Compassion Focused Therapy in  grief and  training with the Foundation for Infant Loss.

I also have many years experience working with children and families. I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Child Development, Certificate in Play Therapy and additional training in facilitating nurture groups and safeguarding children.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as a  graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Unit 4, The Old Dairy, Glynde, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6SJ

Peacehaven, East Sussex, BN10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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