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Humanistic Integrative Counsellor MBACP

About me

Hello there I'm Polly,  here to offer you a warm and compassionate counselling relationship.  I will help you to find ways to process difficult feelings, thoughts or experiences. 

Working together, we can explore coping strategies for the challenges you experience in a safe, empowering and confidential space. 

How can I help you?

I work as a counsellor face to face in a calm and relaxing private setting and also online and the telephone. I will meet with you where you feel able to start and feel most comfortable to continue.

Every client is different, and I am sensitive to respecting my clients coping mechanisms , empathy and non - judgement are central to my approach.

I am not here to intrude but rather to listen to you fully and explore your emotions collaboratively with you as the lead.  We will work to clarify and identify your feelings which will provide us with valuable insight to improve your well being.   

We have all experienced emotional difficulties in our lives at some point and I am very comfortable working with a diverse range of clients and their issues honourably and sensitively.   I can help guide you through the process of finding answers and balance again, which can be transformative and freeing. 

Working with Young People

I am also passionate about working with young people and believe early interventions can have a hugely positive outcome for the future adult. I currently work as a school counsellor in a secondary school and have over 30 years experience of working therapeutically with young people, children and their families.  I offer talking therapy and mindfulness with the opportunity to explore feelings through other playful creative methods. 

Get in touch

I offer a free 30 minute initial session so please contact me via email to book in or if you have any questions or thoughts about how counselling can help you and how I work .   I really look forward to hearing from you.

I am talking about being optimistic enough to sow some seeds in the hope that some of them will germinate and grow into flowers” Philippa Perry 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • School Counsellor for Place2Be
  • Volunteer Counsellor for Carers Support West Sussex
  • Individual Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Member of BACP Children, Young People & Families
  • CPCAB Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • TQUK Level 2 Understanding Autism
  • NCFE Level 2 Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Qualified Support Work for Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Qualified Mentor for children and adults
  • Various qualifications and training in Art and Design 
  • Recent personal development courses: Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders; All Sorts - LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Some concession spaces are currently available please drop me an email and we can set up an initial meeting 

When I work

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Further information

My vocational training has been around all aspects of mental health for young people and adults, this included issues such as abuse ,addiction to living with chronic illness. I also have a huge amount of experience working with pregnancy, birth and parenthood which I am just as passionate about as end of life care. 

I am a strong believer in continued personal and professional development to enrich my talking therapy skills. Currently I am studying child psychology and solution focused therapy for couples. 

Brighton, East Sussex, BN41

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom