Meriel Whale (PG Dip, MBACP)
I am a compassionate, qualified and experienced counsellor, able to work creatively and supportively with people in great distress to help them to move forward with their lives. I will respond to you with compassion, listen to you with empathy and value you exactly as you are.
I have been working as a person-centred and integrative counsellor since 2010, and offer general counselling for a wide range of issues. I have completed additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and in Online Counselling via webcam.
I also work specifically with those who are childless not by choice. I understand the unique needs of people who have not been able to have the children they longed for, whether through infertility, through not being able to or wanting to adopt or through other circumstances and can offer emotional and practical support from a place of deep understanding and compassion.
I am LGBTQIA+ and neuro-diversity affirmative.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Brighton (2010).
I then completed a follow-up course with Hemmings Field Associates, CBT with Heart. The course taught Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills in a way that complements other therapeutic orientations. I have also completed a course in Online Counselling via webcam with Jane Evans (OCST), an ACTO registered training provider.
I have experience in a variety of settings:
- General counselling services (Counselling Plus Hastings).
- Domestic abuse services (CGL Hastings and RISE Brighton).
- LGBTQ+ counselling services (LGBT Switchboard Brighton).
- Schools and colleges in Brighton and Hove and East and West Sussex.
- My own private practice.
I specialise in working with men and women who are childless not by choice, with LGBTQ+ people and with neurodiverse people and their friends and families (e.g. people on the autistic spectrum or with Aspergers, people with dyspraxia or dyslexia and people with neurological disorders).
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
People who are childless not by choice.
People who are neurodiverse and their friends, partners and family members.
£50 per session (some concessions available).
I am based in Lewes and can also offer sessions via webcam and telephone.