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About us

'LIVING WELL, DYING WELL’ is a registered charity that aims to empower people of all ages to live life fully, as well as shed light on how to accept, plan and prepare practically, emotionally and spiritually for the end of life.

We offer workshops for professionals who may encounter end of life issues in their work, to gain skills in working with death and dying. We run courses for the public, creating a safe space to explore and embrace the fact that we will all one day die. In addition we are pioneering the first UK training of lay-people to be Neighbourhood Doulas (companions) for the dying and will be launching our community development project in 2012.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior trainers in Living Well Dying Well:

HERMIONE ELLIOTT is a nurse, midwife, counsellor and trainer.  She has been working in a health and therapeutic context for more than 40 years, supporting people to use illness as a means for personal transformation. She has specialised in palliative care, working with terminally ill people at home and in the hospice environment. She has taught the Fundamentals of Imagework in Britain and Japan since 1997. She is the founder of Living Well Dying Well and has pioneered the first Doula for the Dying training in the UK. She is passionate about supporting people practically, emotionally and spiritually at the end of life.

BRIAN GRAHAM has been working in a therapeutic context for more than 30 years. He is currently a senior trainer both at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust in London, and at the Psychosynthesis Institute in Gothenburg. He also works as a therapist and clinical supervisor in private practice, and as clinical supervisor for the Counselling Service team at Canterbury University in the UK. He co-leads a yearly Elders Gathering in Italy, exploring purpose, meaning and service in later stages of life. He is particularly interested in our relationship with life and death and the soul’s journey. 

OSANNA WHITEHOUSE is a trained psychosynthesis counsellor and business coach.  She has worked in management, marketing and pubic relations and is a qualified adult education teacher – of creative writing, public speaking and listening skills.  She believes realising our individual creativity is key to fulfilment and is a keen amateur artist. Her interest in exploring living and life – and acknowledging death - stems from a 7year period of serious illness.  Now recovered Osanna is dedicated to living her life fully and assisting others to do the same.

LOUISE ANDERSON is married, a mother of 5 and has her own private practice. As a qualified psychosynthesis counsellor and art therapist she has run groups working with mothers and teenagers;, is a designer and an advocate of the Buteyko breathing method having suffered from asthma all her life.  Louise is especially interested in working with the body, relationship issues and empowering ourselves to truly live the life that brings joy and fulfilment.

Member organisations *


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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Areas of counselling we deal with

Lewes, East Sussex, BN7

Type of session

In person