P. Damien Shann BSc. (1st. Hons. Counselling) Bereavement & General Counselling
You may already know what you're looking for from counselling, or you might just feel you want things to change. By talking things through, you can work out a new perspective or direction. I am ready to help that process unfold. My approach includes being curious about what a steady, fulfilled future might look like to you and how you can find your way there.
Please note: I am currently working predominately online via Zoom video link. I have some availability outdoors in the Lowestoft area.
I am a registered therapeutic counsellor with an emphasis on free-form conversation that can help you find answers to what is troubling you. I especially welcome working with those who may not normally seek counselling or therapy though think they may benefit from talking over potential solutions to difficult aspects of their lives.
I have also worked for more than twenty years as a personal development mentor for a wide range of people as well as facilitated hundreds of group sessions and workshops on personal change. I presently focus on working one-to-one. You may find that, through our conversations, you will quickly begin to find solutions to what has been bothering you.
Offering a friendly, understanding context, with a special emphasis on genuine acceptance, creating a safe place for you to talk. Talking about your distress with another can help lift its burden, and let you take a fresh look at what troubles you. Though I will tailor my approach to you as an individual, my general approach is to look for genuine and inspiring solutions moving forward rather than focusing solely on the past. You may find that as we talk you will see new possibilities or perspectives and a renewed purpose and meaning.
Though I do accept that conditions such as "generalised anxiety disorder" or "panic disorder" are very real problems for people, I do try to see through the labels to the real present personal experience.
My primary specialism is bereavement and complicated grief, I do also, however, work on a wide range of issues. I have a special interest in working with:
- Anxiety and worry
- Panic attacks
- Loss of direction
- Low self-esteem
- Cultural issues
- Health related issues
- Men's Issues
- Mental health issues
- Obsessions and compulsions
- Personal Development
Training, qualifications & experience
I spent over 5 years as a student of therapeutic counselling.
- BSc. (1st Class hons.) Counselling: University of Brighton
- FdSc. Person-Centred Counselling: University of Brighton
- Certificate in Brief Solution Focused Practice (London and Cardiff).
- Foundation Year, Psychosynthesis: ReVision, London.
- Level 2 Counselling Skills Qualification. NCFE, Lewes.
- ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: Suicide First Aid. Eastbourne.
- Certificate in Focusing Skills: The British Focusing Teachers’ Association. London
- Patient and Family Support Team Generic Training. St. Catherines Hospice, Crawley.
Other related training:
- Working with Children Facing Loss. St Catherines Hospice, day workshop, Crawley.
- Adult Aptitude to Grief Scale, and how to apply it. St. Catherines Hospice, day workshop, Crawley
- BACP endorsed Hypnotherapy Training w/e. Brighton
- Working with Trauma day workshop
- I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics.
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
Concessions offered for
My fees are:
Face to Face (suspended)
Lowestoft £40 (please ask if you feel you may need a more affordable rate)
Evolution Counselling and Natural Health,
Riverside Business Centre
1 Riverside Road
Norwich: £45 (please ask if you feel you may need a more affordable rate)
6 Upper King Street
I am committed to helping to look for ways to make counselling affordable to you. I do have some spaces available for people who require reduced fees. Please contact me for information on availability for these. I can also signpost you to local charity services.
£45 if you are experiencing financial difficulties, do enquire regarding concessionary fees
As well as week days, I am able to offer evenings, Saturdays and bank holiday sessions. I am available 9am till 9pm
If you are thinking that counselling will be helpful, whatever your enquiry, feel free to discuss this with me.
Call me on 07475 941512 or email.