About me

I am a fully qualified Integrative Psychosynthesis counsellor. I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My insurance and supervision for my counselling is in line with BACP guidelines.

I offer a warm, safe and confidential space to support you to explore and reflect on your feelings and experiences. I can work with you to create a space tailored to your needs. I am able to work with you in person or online.

I'm passionate about working creatively to help you to find out more about who you are, build your skills and resources, increase your resilience and realise your abilities and potential. Counselling can be challenging at times, but it can also be light-hearted and humorous, with opportunities for creative self-expression, growth, healing and change.

I work in an integrative way, using a variety of arts-based methods and emotional competence tools. I have a special interest in the creative process, and where appropriate, can work with the body, dreams and the imagination.

Finding new ways to connect and communicate feels even more important than ever. I believe that the counselling relationship is at the heart of the therapeutic process.

It is important that you choose a counsellor who feels right for you. An introductory session gives us the opportunity to meet each other and discuss the issues that have brought you to counselling. You will get a feel of who I am and how I work, and explore whether counselling with me is right for you.

Why Counselling?
Most of us need some additional support at some time in our lives. Counselling offers the opportunity to be listened to and understood, to be accepted as you are, to be supportively challenged, to become more aware of how past experiences can impact your life, to support you in times of transition and change, to get more in touch with your creativity and to get more in touch with your spirituality.  Counselling can help to alleviate distress and to promote healing and change.

How long does it take?
I offer weekly 50 minute counselling sessions in a safe and welcoming space. Depending on your needs, you may choose to have a short series of sessions or to work long-term. We will have regular reviews as we go along to see what feels best for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications

Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling at the Revision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis (BACP accredited course), 2011

Training in Emotional Competence, Equilibrium Dynamics System approach, 2019

Experience

I have gained counselling experience both in counselling agencies and in private practice. I practiced as an honorary counsellor at the University of Sussex Psychological and Counselling Service, and was a counsellor at As You Are Counselling Service.

I am currently a specialist mental health student mentor for Diversity and Ability, an award-winning, disabled-led social enterprise, providing support to students in Higher Education and people in the workplace.

I am also a co-director of Brighton and Hove Music for Connection, where I work as a community music facilitator and trainer, using music as a tool to support people to create, connect and communicate in community and healthcare settings.

I worked as a LGBTQ youth worker for 8 years at Allsorts Youth Project, supporting LGBTQ young people and working as an awareness and inclusion trainer.

I regularly attend continuing professional development supervision, training, conferences and events to continue to develop my practice.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Creative Coaching

Do you long to be creative, but feel like you don’t have time amidst the pressures of a busy, demanding and stressful life? Do you remember being creative as a child, and feel that it’s too late to follow your dreams? I can help you with one small step at a time, to reconnect with your creativity.

I believe that there is a strong connection between psychological distress and creativity. We all have unharnessed creativity that can be used to assist growth, change and our ability to better adapt to challenges. Creative coaching can provide a safe, person-centred and non-judgemental space to help you to think more creatively.

I can help to facilitate ways for you to;

Use arts-based practices such as image and sound-making, movement, and journaling to help with exploring and expressing emotions and experiences.
Find creative ways to communicate and connect free from external interpretation. Explore what creative mediums work for you.
Help to bring material into conscious awareness.
Challenge the critical voice that tells us that we can't be creative.                      Help you to build your resilience, vision and hope for change.

Emotional Competence

Recognising and harnessing emotional competence skills is of benefit to everyone, and is part of lifelong learning. Development of these skills can support personal growth as well as healthy relationships.  Do you know why your life feels out of control? Are you feeling challenged by a particular decision? Do you have difficulty communicating and maintaining relationships? Do you feel overwhelmed? Or lonely? Are you interested in emotional intelligence skills to improve your academic performance or career prospects? Are you concerned about managing your stress levels and avoiding burn out? Research indicates that these skills and strategies can be learned with practice and empower people for success in many of life's situations.

Emotional competence skills can help you to;

Recognize, understand, express and regulate your own emotions.
Identify negative belief patterns.
Manage thoughts, moods and behaviors.
Define your aspirations and goals.
Motivate you to make changes.
Improve your self-care.
Support your time-management and decision-making.
Help you to explore your dreams.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Psychosynthesis

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Availability

I have flexible working hours

Stillspace Art Therapy, Workshop 7
Open Market
Marshalls Row
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 4JU

Type of session

In person
Online
Emma Welsh

Emma Welsh