James Fenner PG Dip Humanistic Counselling Therapist MBACP Registered
Everything is necessary and welcome. If we are to live full lives can we come to acknowledge, trust and honour all that we feel and experience without making ourselves wrong? Struggling to find meaning, feeling stuck or disconnected from ourselves and other people for whatever the reasons, can be an isolating experience. I offer a space to explore at your pace the issues that are of real concern to you.
Therapeutic change comes from inviting in the stuff we shrink away from, that makes us feel uncomfortable or scared. It is the process of getting to know the so called good and bad bits of ourselves that enable us to be fully functioning real people out in the world. Strangely, it is by becoming curious about why we are fearful, ashamed, depressed, addicted or angry that enables us gain control of patterns of behaviour that have been overwhelming. With this self-awareness we can begin to make responsible choices that work for us.
I work from a humanistic approach, trusting that within a safe supportive relationship we can all come to appreciate how our beliefs about ourselves and the world can shape our current experiences. Through a process of discovery and gentle enquiry we may come to know new ways of thinking, feeling and being that could at first seem unfamiliar but more authentic and meaningful to us. Although centred within the field of ‘talking therapies,’ I draw upon creative ways of working that offers you this embodied experience. Mindfulness, visualisation, breath, sound and body work, trauma education, and/or creative play may prove to be surprisingly important tools in supporting you through this chapter in your life. I provide a space for philosophical and spiritual enquiry.
I work with people who wish to focus on specific issues with an agreed fixed number of sessions or those who feel long term open ended counselling is more appropriate to their needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Developmental Psychology and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
With many years of experience within the field of therapeutic relationship, as mediator, mentor and facilitator, my personal and professional development is ongoing with training courses, workshops, personal therapy, supervision and updated reading/research.
This is in accord with the professional and ethical guidelines set out by the BACP for working practice.
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
A free initial assessment of fifty minutes offers you an opportunity to see what I’m like, explore what you want from counselling and consider how we could work together. I recommend you visit other counsellors before deciding so you can get a better picture of who you gel with. This is important if you are to get the most out of the therapeutic experience.
Fees are based upon a sliding scale of between £35 and £60 depending upon what you can currently afford, for a weekly 50 minute session.
If you wish to make an appointment please leave a voicemail message with a contact telephone number or send me an e-mail and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. I will always reply within 24 hours to your message being sent, but if I have not please ensure you have sent me the correct e-mail address/phone number and contact me again.
I work from a central location in the heart of Brighton. I offer a comfortable private room, conveniently situated for public transport, 3 minutes walk from Brighton Train Station and bus services at Churchill Square. There is a public carpark directly next door. With a reception open from 9am till 9pm, 6 days a week I offer a safe space for you to come.