Elaine Shannahan (Adv Dip MBACP Reg)
Hi .. I’m Elaine. I am a qualified person-centred, integrative, BACP registered counsellor working with young people and adults, ‘face to face’ and ‘on-line’ in the Horsham area.
I know how hard it can be to ask for help and the courage it takes to make those first steps. I would like to reassure you that I am here to help and will support you with warmth and compassion.
I will provide a private and confidential space. I aim to work alongside you in such a way that you can develop the solutions, which you feel works best for you.
I have been working face to face with a number of organisations, as well as offering ‘online’ counselling, and I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues and ages and see clients from 15 years and up.
I use an integrative style of therapy combining Humanistic, Existential, CBT, TA, Gestalt and Psychodynamic which allows me to adapt my approach depending on the needs of my clients.
In this hectic world, we live in ‘face to face’ meetings might not be possible for you or you may feel better able to cope with exploring difficult feelings or emotions using 'online' counselling. This will allow you to be in your own environment and in a neutral possibly more relaxed space rather than being in a counselling room. We can work together using Email or Instant messaging.
My aim in working with clients is to provide an environment in which you feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings, however difficult they may be. I am non-judgemental, honest (‘congruent’ in counsellor-speak) and empathetic. I am a very warm and open person.
Life can be full of many challenges. Sometimes our close relationships, family situations, our work environment, or just day to day living can give rise to a variety of unmanageable emotions and cause us an ‘emotional wobble’. Or you have experienced a major life event or crisis, such as bereavement, trauma, or a relationship breakdown. At times when thoughts and emotions seem out of our control, we may feel lost, struggle to think clearly or feel we don't have the energy to find a way forward. You may be someone who finds it difficult to talk to and confide in those close to you, or not wanting to burden others.
We can end up ignoring our feelings, burying them inside and storing up difficulties further along the way. You may have noticed that you have more worries and anxieties, low mood or sadness, feelings of guilt or shame, anger or arguments; we may even make ourselves ill, emotionally and physically.
Counselling offers you the chance to take ‘time out’ from your daily routine and to focus on the things that are concerning you or any changes you want to make.
I truly believe that we are all unique and therefore we are the experts on ourselves. I will support you to make sense of what is happening and explore with you how you would like things to be, by encouraging you toward finding your own solutions, helping to make your situation more manageable so that you can feel you are living a meaningful life, with yourself and others.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy
- OCST1 – Online Counselling Diploma
- UKATA - Transactional Analysis 101
- CPCAB – Level 2 counselling Skills
- SPELL Framework – Understanding and Responding to Autism
- ASSIST – Suicide First Aid
CPD workshops include: Solution-focussed therapy, Understanding the teenage brain, Working with metaphor, Working with creative materials/play, Journal writing, Anxiety, Self-harm, Child safeguarding, Bereavement, Understanding End of Life Care.
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
£25 for initial consultation, £45 per session
I offer both time-limited (6-8 sessions) and open-ended counselling.