I offer you a sensitive, safe and empathetic space to support your growth and healing. I am fully ready for you to be yourself, to arrive quite simply as you are and to help you find out more about whatever it is you need to attend to in your life.
At times, we find ourselves struggling with the challenges of life; be it around our relationships; our own identity; the impact of trauma from abuse experienced first-hand or having witnessed someone else’s abuse; the confusion, anger and sadness that often comes with the grief of losing a loved one. Challenges such as these often call on us to attend to aspects of our being, our behaviours, our emotions and our thoughts – sometimes easier said than done. What challenges are you facing right now?
The cost to us of living with unresolved issues can leave us at the very least feeling anxious through to experiencing deep psychological distress that impacts significantly on our daily lives. We may find ourselves struggling in our relationships, in our professional lives or in simply coming to terms with who we are and the feelings we are having.
It may be dawning on you that in the long run your coping strategies - be it avoiding intimacy in your relationships; addiction; supressing your emotions; substance misuse or otherwise are no longer really serving you. How do you cope and how is that working for you?
And along with the valuable help we can receive from friends, family and partners; seeing a counsellor who has undergone robust and professional training - someone who is not only able to listen deeply and compassionately but also to hold you and your story sensitively - without collapsing, shutting you down or trivialising what you are saying; someone who remains compassionately present to you and your experiences; someone who’s intention is to understand you and help you make sense of things; not assuming anything about you but curious about knowing you first hand; someone like this can be a valuable even vital source of support in our lives. How to you take support in your life? Are your support needs being met?
How I work
I also bring 'body psychotherapy' into my practice. Some clients find it useful to get in touch with a bodily 'felt-sense' that can bring about new personal insights and therapeutic movement.
At times it might also be useful for us to look at our relationship as this can offer valuable insights into self-understanding and how you relate to others in your life.
Some people find it helpful to engage with therapy creatively. Therefore, I also work therapeutically with sand-trays, drawing and role play.
I'm a fully qualified and experienced person-centred counsellor working from therapy rooms in Eastbourne. Although I work in general practice I have a particular interest in working with survivors of child sexual abuse, dissociation, multiple selves and trauma.
I work with men and women irrespective of age, ethnicity, gender identity, background, sexual orientation, profession, financial standing, religion, culture etc. across a range of issues including but not limited to:
Anxiety | Anger awareness | Bereavement | Bullying | Depression | Grief | Identity | Personal Development | Marriage issues | Relationship issues | Sexual Abuse | Suicide | Trauma | Work issues
My personal mission in life is to encourage us to connect with our higher purpose in life and to know an authentic connection with our world.
Through counselling, I aim to create a supportive environment that allows you to get to know yourself. Time and time again I witness how people's relationships improve as their connection with themselves deepens.
"Ultimately, the goal is to gain greater self-awareness and I think that is where we find healing. Every now and then we are lucky to meet someone who connects with us as both teacher and guide and I feel I have found this in James."
"James is an excellent listener, and has provided a safe space for me to be free to talk about and explore the things that are important to me, and that trouble me, past, present and future."
"James has helped me to identify and to express the thoughts and feelings I have, both positive and negative, in an atmosphere of acknowledgement and acceptance."
"James has helped me to see some of the beliefs and assumptions I make about myself, others, and the situations I face, and has gently enabled me to consider other points of view, and choices I could make."
"On reflection – using the sand tray – it takes me out of my head and into my heart."
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BACP accredited Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling. A two year full-time course of rigorous and soulful counselling training.
This course focussed on the work of Carl Rogers' person-centred therapy who believed that therapy occurs within an empathic, non-judgemental relationship with an authentic therapist, who is fully present.
I was also taught about Eugene Gendlin's focussing. Gendlin, a close colleague of Rogers, focussed on the bodily felt-senses and the part they play in telling us something about our well-being.
Creative therapy was also taught throughout the course and I have developed a creative approach to therapy using sand-trays, drawing and psychodrama.
TA-101: Foundation training in Transactional Analysis - a humanistic mode of therapy pioneered by Eric Berne. He looked to increase awareness around the way that people interact and communicate with each other.
Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors (PODS) training for therapists working with survivors of child sex abuse - including 'Child Sexual Abuse - Hope for Healing' and 'Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery - Healing the Brain'.
As a part of my work with local charity abandofbrothers I have had impactful and extensive leadership training around group facilitation, psychodrama, non-violent communication and coaching. Again and again, the work and training challenges me to look closely at my relationships and that which stands in the way of connection and personal expression.
I am an abandofbrothers certified leader, coach, storyteller and initiator offering rites of passage to men of all ages.
National Coalition-Building Institute (NCBI) Diversity Training. A rich gathering of people from diverse background and superbly facilitated - this training offered me a way of exploring my prejudices and assumptions whilst also creating a healing space for connection and understanding.
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
Individuals - £50 per 50-minute session.
Couples - £60 per 1-hour session.
Additional telephone, webchat, and text support upon request.
Concessions: I have a limited number of sessions at a reduced rate of £40 available for people who are experiencing financial hardship.