Peter Golder, Dip Couns. BSc (Hons)
I am the founder and lead counsellor for Acorn Counselling Therapy.
I have always been passionate about working with people and supporting their needs. This has been acheived through paid work as well as volunteer work. I have worked with people from different cultures and varying socio-economic backgrounds. It is always been important to me that people are supported, valued and where necessary given careful attention.
Like many people, my life has brought me into contact with many difficult experiences that can be hard to manage. These include relationships, bereavement, physical health, mental health and the fear that life won’t be the same as you had hoped it would be. My situation will not be the same as yours, but it’s important to share that I have an understanding and empathy for what people talk to me about, because I have experienced something similar. This can be important for building a connection between the two of us.
My training is in Transactional Analysis or TA. TA is useful for giving you easy to understand tools that you can apply to your life. These tools help to provide some understanding on how you have developed and for how you are living your life right now. This includes an understanding of how other people behave, think and feel and how your relationships with them plays out.
The counselling work we undertake together, will build on this TA theory, helping you to bring about positive change in your life, whilst being more in control and at ease. We will work together to focus our attention on whatever you want to bring to counselling. You know yourself better than anyone, so it is important that you have a say on what you feel would be best to change in your life. I will be there to support you on this journey.
My specialism is situated around identity, gender and the LGBTQ community. Working as a counsellor at the charity MindOut in Brighton, I have worked with many clients who have wanted to talk about issues related to sexuality, being transgender, gender dysphoria and identity. Though my work has also encompassed many other issues that people face each day such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, relationships and family issues.
I am a member of the NCS, UKCP and UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a counsellor with Mindout, a charity in Brighton, resulting in me working with many clients from the LGBTQ+ community. This, coupled with my own LGBTQ identity, gives me a passion and understanding for Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD). I have worked with people who have been affected by issues related to suicide, depression, anxiety, relationships, family problems, debt, identity and gender.
I worked for the Brighton and Hove branch of Samaritans for 5 years. I was a listening volunteer supporting people who were suicidal or in emotional distress on the phone, by email and by text. I was a leader who took great care to ensure the wellbeing of other volunteers was promoted. I worked as a Deputy Director for Recruitment and Selection of new volunteers, looking after a team of people who ensured the best possible applicants were recruited to support people who desperately needed Samaritans support.
I am a Mental Health Ally at the Ministry of Justice, supporting the mental health needs of the people that I work with in courts in Sussex and Surrey. I provide a listening ear to people and signpost where necessary to organisations that can offer support.
Qualifications and Training;
Diploma in Counselling - The Link Centre
Advanced Counselling Skills - The Link Centre
BSc (Hons) Psychology - The Open University
BA (Hons) Music - University of Leeds
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
- LGBTQ issues
- Identity issues
- Trans Identity
- Gender queer
- Health and illness
Initial assessment - Free
Face to face and online counselling sessions - £50 for 50 minutes.
I offer a limited number of reductions for students training to be counsellors.