Hello I'm Emma, I’m a qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and member of the BACP.
I offer a calm, compassionate and confidential space where you can talk about difficult or painful experiences, thoughts and feelings.
Life can be complex and challenging, but I believe counselling can be transformative and help support your wellbeing.
I will listen sensitively without judgement and will seek to fully understand you, offering my response to enable you to explore and process how you are feeling.
Clarifying feelings and being more self-aware can help you find a way forward in difficult times, whether this is by seeing your options more clearly or by making the necessary changes you want to make. Our emotions provide valuable information and guidance. They tell us what we want out of life, what we don't want, how we feel about people in our lives, and what we need to work on.
My humanistic approach values working alongside you rather than telling you what to do or who to be. It means you will choose what to focus on for each session.
I offer face to face sessions in Hurstpierpoint, Hove and Brighton.
Please get in touch initially by email, and give an outline of why you would like counselling. I will then arrange a time to talk on the phone so you can ask any questions you may have and also to see if you feel comfortable talking to me. This initial consultation is free of charge. Then we can arrange a date for a session. I normally suggest coming at the same time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and have experience in a charity setting and private practice.
Humanistic counselling encourages self-awareness, self-development, and seeks to help you recognise your strengths, creativity and choices in life. A space is created for you to reflect and act on your feelings.
Integrative counselling means using a blend of theories, and I personally use Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Transactional Analysis.
I have a vocational background in domestic violence, sexual assault, and child protection.
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
I offer a 20 minute free initial consultation, online or by telephone, which is informal and relaxed and will focus on us getting to know each other to see whether we are a good fit.